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Old 05-04-2011   #21
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Dogs are all good on this section

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Old 05-05-2011   #22
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You should read this posting from the Bureau of Reclamation in regards to the flows on the Green this spring. Things are very wet and snowy here this spring and they are pushing out lots of water. Current releases are at 8,600 cfs until further notice and they expect to do a flush flow (10,000+) for a short period of time after the peak of the Yampa for fish habitat. Expect high water is early June. We have Big Pine 1 reserve for Memorial Day weekend and we are probably going to head someplace else unless the flows change. Not worth the portage at Taylor Flats and the float gets pretty short at those flows.


Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region Water Operations: Current Status: Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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Old 05-05-2011   #23
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if you fly fish, it is a must. If not, it is pretty, but not real white water. They usually open up the dam the third week in May. The fishing gets progressively worse with each tributary that comes in. That said, some bigger fish hang in the B section. This year, they may still be runnning it high in mid to late june as I understand the snow pack is awesome. I go up for that float this week or next every year to hit the clear water nymphing. In the late afternoon ther is usually a good rise as well.
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Old 05-05-2011   #24
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There is a parking lot above the boat ramp where you can rig, then put the rigged boats on the trailer to launch. It is a busy ramp with room for 3 or 4 rigs. Good place to have your poop in a group.
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Old 05-05-2011   #25
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Originally Posted by cataraftgirl View Post
Which 2 camps have outhouses? Good to know for future reference, although it looks like a groover is needed either way. Section B looks like a great place to camp, fish, and just hang out for a weekend.
Cottonwood, about 1.5 mi past little hole on the left; and Red Creek, about a 1/2 mile past Red Creek Rapids on teh right.
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Old 05-06-2011   #26
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Just got this link about the release from another group: Water release at Flaming Gorge Reservoir an amazing sight -

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
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Old 05-13-2011   #27
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Water down, fishing good

The water is down to about 4,500. As the yamp goes up, they will turn it down more. As it goes down, they will turn it up. They have alot of water to move to take the snow pack from the wind rivers and the uintahs.

The fishing is good. Had good fishing on streamers, and blood midges. Over the last two days, I did not see any strong rise, althought there were some blue wing olives on the water in late afternoon. The fish just aren't looking up as there is so much food in the water.

The boating is easy wave trains. In the B below the creek it is blown out and discolored, so more boating than fishing. In the A, the more technical section at low water towards the flats at little hole is now very easy. There is nothing to miss because all of the rocks are under water.

For flaming gorge it seemed pretty empty. Alot of people are staying away because of the higher water.

The target for the combined flow of the green and yampa is 17 K according to the ranger, so that might give you a little help in forcasting what they will be runnning it at over the next 60 days.
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Old 05-13-2011   #28
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Great stretch. My recommendation would be to reserve a site for 2 nights and wade fish one day. Its a lot of work for such a fast float otherwise. I am guessing the flows will be big all that month.

The upper section is fun but mellow. Great place for someone to learn to drift-fish if you have someone on the oars who knows the right-away ethics on rivers. Very busy and easy to cut people off if you don't.

B-Section is quiet and beautiful. Tons of wildlife, especially bears and ospreys. Clean camps are a must.


Boat ramp can be a nightmare. They rent trailers locally if you need one to make it easier; might want to reserve it though.

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Old 06-28-2011   #29
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We are floating the ABC section over the July 4th weekend. Should be fast water, but from what it sounds like it should be less dificult (in red creek rapid). Any other thoughts from people who have done it within the last couple of weeks?
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Old 06-28-2011   #30
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Watch the bridge

You will most likely need to portage around the bridge at Bridge Hollow (just below Indian Crossing at the top of C section). It is a tight fit at 6000cfs so I would assume that it is impassable at 10,000.

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