Southern Wyoming, Green river and Provo photos and reports.

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  1. yuhina

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    Hi Friends,

    Just got back from a road trip to some remote waters in Wyoming, the notorious Green river and Provo river also. It was a great trip. Although the summer heat are terrible in this time of the year, or, even detrimental to our fisheries, the long distance hiking did decrease the air temperatures significantly and also give us some solitudes. Me and my brother Bryan like to explore remote waters as well as secret spots in the familiar (popular) waters. In the first few days, we are fished our home river - the blue ribbon river- Provo.

    I have to say... The Provo is a very CROWDED river in this time of the year... every holes, between holes are full of people... well... I like solitudes, but sometime it is interesting to observe what others are doing...we were just sitting on the bank and wait until they move on... maybe learn something new. However, most of time, they just occupied the hole, even never catch a single #$%. Ahhhhh...... I guess this maybe one of the facts that fish here are growing healthier (because “people prevent people to catch them, lol”)

    The Provo is famous for it's high density browns (can not remember the stats), and the stupidity (or say forgiveness) of the fish. Two dams created two fabulous tail water fisheries, the mid Provo and the lower Provo. The upper freestone tributaries were coming out from the great Uinta mountains, fed by many of glacial relict lakes. The constant cold current and prolific insect hatch grow some pretty decent fish in these waters. When I said “cold water” in the Aug... it is very cold. I remember there was once I tried to wet wade in a midday, the air temp maybe reach 100F, Just wade in for 1 min, I thought I going to lost my feet... well... maybe I am a wimpy guy though : )... Put on the wader and wade deep is my strategy in these water... it is better strategy for nympher anyway : ).

    Talk about the easy catch fish...
    (Unfortunately), at the late summer season, I would say NO...not a single easy fish... they are all well educated... I believe the size of the pea brain were activated...They scrutinized every single drift...size and color... Not only my brother have a hard time to figure his dry, but also I (a called nympher) was scratching my head all the time... PMD and Caddis hatch in the evening brought up most of the fish.


    Catch brown and white fish. -The equipment, the flies and the approach-
    I used 5wt 10' fast action rod for nymphing. Bryan used 4wt 9' for his beloved dry fly fishing mainly. I am a nympher. Hight sticking, Czech nymphing and Indicator nymphing tactics are all equally beloved in my manuals. I frequently search for pocket waters with high sticking and slower water for the indicator fishing. It works out well and I feel not waste too much water and I really enjoy the beautiful scenery in between of the searching. On the other hand, Bryan is a big and great dry fly fisherman. His notorious “caddis dance” was so deadly... always out fish me during the evening hatch. (Nympher get bigger fish is not the rule in this trip! Although I was catching more fish in the mid day... he proved the essence of dry fly fishing and rewarded with the biggest cuttie and brown with Elk hair and hopper pattern).

    I used two nymphs rig, (from bottom fly to fly line) two flies was about 12 inches apart, 8 inches above the top fly 2 BB or (AB) egg shots pinched on the tag end of two connected tippet (4x-5x) (if the shots get snagged I won't lost the whole rig). 5 feet above the top fly were my yarn indicator (or no indicator for high sticking). Overall leader were about 10 feet.

    I like classic Pheasant tail and green rock worms nymphs. Usually I will put the smaller #20-18 PT on the end of the rig, bead head for the top fly. In this time of the year, the PMD are about size #18-16 in the Provo. I also experimentally use RS2 from a great fly tier in the CO. Ron. They produced nice fish as well. For dry, Bryan use Elk hair caddis and some PMD yellow little emergers and some PMX hopper pattern.

    We fish the river close to each other just in case we need to help each other out, and of course enjoy the friendship a lot. The dryer – nympher system work extremely well. Usually Bryan go dry first... and I nymph the same hole second. Different niches for different tactics. If the fish doesn't run too wild, usually it will keep producing fish, I would say we pretty much pull fish after fish at the same nice hole. By fishing and chatting together, we also gain more energy to explore more water (well, the redbulls may also help a bit lol).

    Here are some pictures, friends, enjoy!
    Mark
     
  2. feather flinger

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    I fished the Green in late June from just below Flaming Gorge Dam to the first take-out, seven miles down stream. The scenery was absolutely stunning and the fishing (or should I say catching) was equally amazing. Judging from your pictures you were also dialed in!!! Great river, beautiful fish, it doesn't get any better than that. :)
     
  3. cheech

    cheech I tie fly

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    Good work Yu!! You need to find an excuse to get back here very soon. A good Baetis hatch will cure you of your nymphing addiction. I'm sure your little yellow rod will have some stories to tell you when it gets home;)

    Cheech
     
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    Great trip Mark!!! I had a blast. Get back here asap!! It about the Dry's man : )
     
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    Thanks for sharing Mark. Give a shout when your back in town. :thumb:
     
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    great pics. Which camera were you using?
    great lookin fish too. Looks like you had fun.
     
  7. yuhina

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    Thanks for the nice words, friends!

    I use Pentax W-30 camrea. It is a nice one.
     
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    I just bought the W20 when it was brand new this last fall, and now its already replaced? oye vaye!

    well, the w30 takes a nice picture.
     
  9. mike doughty

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    the whole reason i don't fish the provo is cause of the crowds. i also like to get away from the peeps. sounds and looks like you guys had a great trip.
     
  10. Pat M

    Pat M Chasing Tiger Trout

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    How do you like that Z Axis?
     
  11. yuhina

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    Mike, agree... it is ridiculous crowdy in this time of the year... We did hike a lot to get rid of people...

    Pat, The Z-Axis I have is 5wt 10ft. I would say it is a mid-fast action (not a "true" fast action when compare to XP 590). Maybe b/c it is a 10ft model, a softer... very smooth rod!
     
  12. mike doughty

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    Glad to hear that cause i plan on building one when i get back. if you think the xp is a stick you should throw the st. croix scv. i'm a fan of a medium-fast rod.
     
  13. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    brilliant photo work and great fish!
     
  14. yuhina

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    Mike, if you like Mid-fast action you definitely will love it! I think it is a universal rod for dry and nymph... However, after I used my brother' XP 590 (2 pieces). I felt I finally find my Ultimate rod in nymphing...I love the crspy feel and quick reaction in CZ nymphing :beer2:
     

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