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Spinner Fall Guide Service
Guide: Scott Barrus
P.O. Box 350
Dutch John, UT 84023
Phone: 877-811-3474
Email: info@spinnerfall.com
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There is now no debate.  The Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah is without a doubt one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever seen in my life and without question the best trout water I have ever fished. If there is one better please let me know.

We started the day at 7AM by meeting our guide Scott Barrus of Spinner Fall Guide Service in Dutch John, UT.  We launched our drift boat just below the dam and began a rapid paddle and no-fish float for 4 miles through the canyon.  Scott wanted to focus on the lower 3 miles of Section A, also known as the "Aquarium" for obvious reasons we would find out, since we were only doing a half day float.  We just happened to throw in one spinning rod so I asked Scott if he minded if we threw a few spinners until we arrived at our fly fishing destination.  He replied - "No problem".  Wow – I could tell immediately that we were in serious trout country.  Big bruising browns were following my spinner on nearly every cast.  By the time we reached our fly fishing destination Taylor and I had already landed and released 5 beautiful 15” browns and 1 nice rainbow.  But that’s when the real fun started.

Scott rigged us up with single #10 grasshopper flies and let us at em.  After 5 days of nymph fishing we were in heaven.  Rising trout in crystal clear water, followed by the big gulp was the fare of the day.  The record fish count was set today as we landed 37 trout in just over 3 hours of fishing.  Here’s the fun part.  After they rose, broke the surface and crushed our flies Scott told us to yell out “God Save the Queen” and then set the hook.  Pretty fun stuff.  The guide told us that the trout actually use the downward swim from the surface to force the rushing water into their throats to swallow the grasshoppers so it was important to wait a full second before setting the hook – hence the British vocabulary.  I found I could actually say “God Save the Queen” in half a second which didn’t help me much – but I was a quick study on the technique.

Taylor, AGAIN, caught the largest and most fish.  Taylor caught 19.  I caught 18.  The largest fish of the 37 was about 18” but the smallest wasn’t under 14” which is pretty remarkable.  We easily had 50 others that rose, and missed our flies so the action was non-stop.

This place is a MUST for us to return to one day – and not for four hours – maybe four days.  If you ever go please give Scott Barrus at Spinner Fall Guide Service a call as he is superb.

We were back in the RV at 11:30AM and headed to the Black Hills of South Dakota approximately 500 miles away.  Tonight we will see Mount Rushmore for the first time as well.

Today marked our 29th straight outing of rain-free fishing.  Unbelievable!


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