Wyoming’s Best Fishing
Visitors interested in fly fishing Jackson Hole, WY often over look the Green River. It lies in one of the most beautiful areas of Wyoming, with people are few and far between. If you’re looking for solitude and really good fishing, the Green River is the place to be. There are a limited number of fishing guides on the Green River, and we will often go there for that reason.
Public Access to the Green River
Green River begins in the Bridger-Teton National Forest at Green River Lake where there are many access points. In the National Forest, the trout average anywhere from 13 to 17 inches in size. The water here flows quickly, and it’s often fished from an inflatable raft. From the National Forest, the river flows through private land for about 12 miles to the next public access point.
This brings you to the Warren Bridge on Highway 191 where there’s more public water and a boat launch. There are a lot more fishermen in this location. As you move from the Warren Bridge to Daniel Junction, there are several public access areas. Just below Daniel Junction, the river flows for 70 more miles into the Fontenelle Reservoir.
Jackson Fishing Guides – Helping you find the big trout
When you get below the dam at Fontenelle Reservoir, the river has large trout, although not as big as they are in the national forest section. Having said that, there are some large fish in this area including brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout which are over 20 inches long.
Next stop on the Green River is the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge where there is plenty of public access to the river. This is an emerging area when it comes to wildlife which makes fishing really fun. It’s quite likely that you’ll run into a moose or one of the many creatures residing in this area.
Jackson Fishing Guides Technique Recommendations
The fishing techniques used change as you move to different sections of the Green River. Techniques also vary from season-to-season, and are dictated by river conditions. You can experience meadows, long runs, fast park water, large pools and riffles.
Types of Water in the Green River
The Green River provides a lot of different types of water, and your fishing experience will largely be determined by your fishing location. With the Green River being in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, it can be fished from a rubber raft. However, there’s a lot of white water to contend with, and it’s not recommended for first-time fishermen. Of course, there are plenty of spots to fish from along the bank or wading into the stream. Once you get below the National Forest, you’ll need permission to fish the stream because it’s private property.
It is important to note that the Green River is not fishable during the month of June and a portion of July because of the spring runoff. This is a Freestone stream, and your ability to fish the river is limited to the whims of Mother Nature.
The tailwater of the Fontenelle Reservoir provides a great opportunity to catch fish. This water typically stays clear throughout the year as long as you stay above Slate Creek, which is a few miles downstream of the dam.
There are many deep pools and long deep runs in the Seekakadee National Wildlife Refuge. Spring brings a high runoff but the river remains quite fishable in this area. Typically we fish this section with large streamers and big nymphs. Many people float the river in drift boats, but it’s quite nice to fish from the bank or in the many wading areas. There is also access below the dam.
When you’re in the tailwater section of the river, a drift boat comes in handy, and is definitely the best way to catch a large trout.