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From Flaming Geyser State Park, fish downstream for steelhead in the autumn. Few steelies can make it up through the Green River Gorge above the park, but upstream there are big resident rainbows.
From Kent to Flaming Geyser, winter steelhead are heavily fished by gear casters (especially the stretch from Kent to Auburn), but fish the more remote stretches just below the park that require some skillful wading and you can almost guarantee yourself a bit of solitude on the Green.
If the area near the park is crowded, drop downstream to the Green Valley Road-found just east of Auburn, off Highway 18-and head upstream toward the town of Palmer. This stretch isn't fished as heavily as other areas, but does offer some remarkably good steelhead fishing for both winter and summer runs (July through August is the best time for summer steelies). This stretch also holds some big rainbows, with at least one strong enough to straighten a Number 12 hook tied with a Caddis Pattern (I saw him slip off my hook just 10 feet off the end of my rod).
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