Top Ten Hidden Trout Fisheries

Upper Green River, Wyoming

While the tailwater of this river (below Flaming Gorge Reservoir) gets all the national attention, the upper Green quietly meanders through private ranches, its trout population growing stronger each year. Above and below Fontenelle Reservoir, the Green River holds fat rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. The best way to fish this scenic river is by hiring a guide and floating the Green. Trout will average 12-16 inches but in the lower elevations, you can be surprised by a lunker every now and again. The Green's headwaters begin in the Wind River Mountains to the north and along its southern course to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, highways run alongside the 100-plus miles. Many private ranches are open to courteous inquiries about fishing on their land. Public accesses can be crowded at the height of tourist season but most of the time you'll have entire stretches to yourself. Most folks you'll meet on the river will be locals or townies from Jackson Hole. But you'll need to get on this as of yet undiscovered stretch before everyone else hears about it.


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