Catching up with ‘BOOMER’

Carl Stout to share knowledge of Green River

Long-time Green River guide Boomer Stout, left, and Pat Oglesby of Grand Junction show off matching brown trout during a day’s fishing on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam. Stout will be sharing his knowledge of the Green River during a presentation Thursday.



This writer formerly worked for a publisher who regularly would remind anyone within hearing that Carl “Boomer” Stout of Dutch John, Utah, was the best fishing guide on the Green River.

This opinion frequently was voiced shortly after said publisher returned from one of his regular jaunts to the Green and a day fishing in the company of Boomer Stout.

Given the local Green River lore that says the 7-mile “A” section of the river below Flaming Gorge Dam has an estimated 14,000 trout per mile, one unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Green River might wonder what all it takes to be “the best guide” on a river teeming with fish.

But even the most opinionated of us sometimes hits the nail on the head (to mix metaphors) in regard to luring fish into a boat, and there’s little arguing with someone who always is right.

Stout will be sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of this world-class trout fishery on Thursday during the monthly meeting of Grand Valley Anglers, scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

Stout’s sure-to-fascinate presentation is set for 6:30 p.m.

Boomer has been in the fly fishing business for more than 30 years, with stints in Colorado, Alaska and Utah.

He started working for Grace and the late Denny Breer of Trout Creek Flies in Dutch John in 1990 and continues to guide for Grace Breer.

His is a multi-dimensional career, including casting instructor, TV appearances and designing fly patterns, including some well-known trout and salmon flies currently sold by Umpqua.

He also is author of the chapter on the Green River for Terry and Wendy Gunn’s recent book, “50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish,” (2013, Stonefly Press, $28). Stout will also have copies of the book available to purchase on Thursday.

As for the Green itself, most anglers dream of time spent anywhere on the 30 miles (A, B, and C sections) of the tailwater river below Flaming Gorge Dam.

In the “A” section, steep, red-rock canyons rise high above the cold, clear flows holding browns, rainbows, cutthroat and cuttbows.

The canyon starts to widen in the nine-mile “B” section, the so-called “Devil’s Hole,” where the canyon starts to spread out and anglers can step out of heir boats to fish riffles, pools and the eddies around islands.

The river winds toward the Colorado border through the isolated, 12-mile “C” section, also known as the Browns Park section.

Here the river slows and meanders, holding fewer but larger fish.

It’s time to quit dreaming; the BWO hatches soon will appear on the Green. Boomer Stout probably knows a secret or two about those.

His presentation is free and open to the public, opinionated or not.


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