11/25/09
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3.   Little Yellow Quills
4.   Needle Stoneflies
5.   Crane Flies
6.   Hellgrammite
7.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
8.   Midges

Stream and Lake Destinations - Green River, Wyoming
When most anglers think of the Green River, they think of the Green River in Utah,
which is a tailwater, below Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The Utah Green River tailwater
is a good tailwater but it isn't the only Green River tailwater. There is another,
almost unknown,
Green River tailwater which is in fact, on the same river. This
tailwater is below Fontenelle Reservoir. Most of the tailwater runs through the wild,
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. When I say wild, I mean wild. Angie and I
spent two days there and never saw another human. We saw a truck parked in the
refuge but not the person driving it. The only thing we saw was a lot of wildlife.

This may sound like a wild, wildlife story, but we almost got run over by a moose. It
is the same moose you see in the water on the
"hatches" page. We spotted the
moose through our video camera zoom lens and then managed to crawl up fairly
close to it while it was still in the water. When we finally stood up to shoot from our
tripod, it spotted us and took off. I ran back to our vehicle, jumped in and motored
down the road to try to cut it off. I jumped out of the car, ran down into a gully and
stopped and waited. I finally decided it had changed its course, so I started walking
back up the trial. Here he came, wide open. Angie had spooked it again and this
time it was headed straight at me. I jumped off the trail, camera and all, and it
missed me by just a few feet running wide open. Needless to say, I didn't get any
more video of it. Would any of you like some advice? Don't mess around with a
moose.

The Green River runs for many miles through much of the state of Wyoming and
there are trout it's entire length until you get will below the Fontenelle tailwater.
There are 140 miles of freestone stream before it even gets to Fontenelle
Reservoir. The only part fished to any appreciable extent is the part near highway
191 which goes to Jackson Hole.  

Basics of Fly Fishing:
Drag Free Drift - Part 3 - Mending the Line

Even though "mending" is fixing a cast that probably could have been made better
to deal with the conflicting currents, it is necessary some times. Believe it or not, I
have met some anglers that have fished for quite a while that didn't know how to
mend their line. First of all, how you mend the line depends on the current. If the
current is taking the fly line downstream faster than it is taking the fly, as soon as  
the slack is gone, the fly line is going to pull the fly faster than the water the fly is
drifting in is moving. This will drag the fly through the slower water as if it had its
own outboard motor. In this case you need to throw the belly of the fly line
upstream, above the fly, creating some slack in the line. This happens anytime you
cast across fast water into slower water. It want only cause the fly to drag, it will
move the fly out of the line of drift you intend for it to be in. This is making an
upstream mend.

If the opposite situation is occurring and the current is taking the fly downstream
faster than the fly line, all of the slack in the line will quickly be taken up and the
slower moving fly line will cause the fly to drag in the faster water. The fly will look
like it has an anchor attached to it. In this case you want to throw the belly of the
line downstream, creating some slack in the line below the fly.

It is possible to have both situations in the same drift, especially if it's a long drift
you are trying to make. In this situation you may need to mend the line both ways,
first one way, and then again the opposite way.

As I mentioned yesterday, it is best to throw some slack in your line on the cast.
When the line hits the water, it will already have the slack line where it should be
and you want have to continue to mend the line. Anytime you are moving (mending)
the line during the drift, you are taking a chance on spooking trout. It may not be
the trout you are trying to catch. It may be one between you and the one your are
pursuing. Other spooked fish can spook the one you are trying to catch. The least
you can move your fly line after it is on the water, the better off you are.



More about this tomorrow ............

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