Welcome to 2021! North Platte Fly Fishing Report!


Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fun and safe holidays. We are back to being open everyday of the week from 8:00 to 2:00 and still have some awesome deals in the shop before our 2021 gear arrives. We had guides out over the past week and had some good weather and great fishing! We fished The Mile, Afterbay, and Grey Reef, as usual The Reef outshined them all.

We have our shoulder season rates going on until March 15th: Half Day Guided trip- $350, Full day Guided trip- $450 1 night in a cottage and 1 full day guided fishing-$575, and 2 nights in a cottage and 1 full day guided trip- $625. This is a great time to fish the North Platte with no crowds and good fishing!

Flows are up in Fremont and the Miracle Mile as they are filling up Alcova reservoir. Miracle Mile is flowing at 1,200 CFS and Fremont is around 2,2,00 CFS. They are still very fishable just focus on the slower tailouts and edges of runs.

Flies are similar on all three tailwaters right now: Pine Squirrel leeches, Reef Worms, Scuds, Mayhem Midges, tubing midges, the LAZY, the brassie, and RS2’s have all been working. Some days it definitely pays off to be shorter, lighter, and higher up in the water column. Other days it seems you have to be deep and heavy, so I always start off short and light and work my way down from there. Streamer fishing has also been working: Goldies, Rusty Trombone, kreelex, peacock buggers, and all peanut envys are the go-tos.

If you have any questions or want to book your next trip give us a call or stop by the shop!

Taste of Winter


After a very mild start to December its finally starting to feel a little bit more like winter in Central Wyoming.  Highs have consistently been in the 30s for the past week and we have even been getting a little snow.  Let’s keep hoping for more, especially in the upper drainage.  If you’ve been keeping up with our past reports, Alcova reservoir saw a serious decrease in lake level this October.  Well, that should begin to change on December 19, as they will begin filling the reservoir.  That being said, expect increased water flows on both the Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon during this period.

As for the fishing, it is good.  Floating ice below Government Bridge has most folks spending their time on the upper river.  Nymphs and streamers are producing the numbers but don’t rule out fish on top when the midges start popping.  The fish are definetly oriented towards their winter haunts.  Softer edges and the lower half of the run seems to hold the larger concentrations of trout.  Pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, PALs, rhinestones, brassies, all-day mays have been our go-tos.  1-BBs and 4-7ft depending on the depth and speed of the water you’re fishing.  For the streamer fisherman out there, it’s still happening.  A small sink tip or intermediate line is the ticket.  Small articulated or bugger style patterns in tan or cream, olive and white have been the top producing colors on Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!


We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Things are well on our end.  Starting to dial in some off-season projects.  As always we will keep you updated via social media.  Grey Reef, Fremont and Miracle Mile all continue to stay in great condition.  The weather this month has been unseasonably mild, allowing us to get out fishing a little more than normal.  So more of the same on the fishing front.  Nymphs and streamers are the name of the game.  Although temperatures have been mild, water temps, especially on lower reaches of Grey Reef have dropped.  That has made the streamer fishing a little tough.  If your planning on heading down low to pitch the big stuff, slow your strip. For the nymphs it’s standard late fall-winter fare…leeches, reef worms, scuds and various midge patterns.  1-3BBs and 3-6ft in length.

Winding Down


Well, things are finally starting to slow down at the shop.  Pretty standard for this time of the year.  We would like to begin by saying thank you to everyone that stayed with us, fished with us or just stopped by in 2020.  THANK YOU!!!

Current conditions are as follows…low and clear on the Grey Reef(585cfs), Fremont(650cfs) and Miracle Mile(550cfs).  Obviously, flows are a little higher than normal for Fremont but the water looks great.  And as you would expect the conditions are excellent as well on the Reef and Mile.  The streamer bite is still very productive.  An intermediate line with a goldie or rusty trombone has been the go-to with the streamer program.  Another option, out of the boat, is a couple of smaller(weighted) ties on a floating line.  Cast up to the banks and slow strip back to the boat.  The nymph game is solid as you would expect.  Standard late fall, winter fare…leeches, reef worms, scuds and various midge patterns.  1-3BBs and 3-6ft in length, depending on the depth and speed of the water your fishing.  We are definitely seeing more fish holding mid to lower run.

Low Flow


Well, the increased flows for the first 20 days of October went off without a hitch.  Lots of big fish hit the net during the higher flows.  Grey Reef is now sitting at 600cfs and conditions are primo! Clear water and far less vegetation than usual.  Nymphs and streamers are definitely the name of the game.  As far as streamers are concerned, it seems to be a floating and/or intermediate line kind of program.  Smaller profile bugs(i.e. goldie, burgin bugger, crystal bugger, rusty trombone) have been working the best.  Fish the good banks and fish across the good runs.  Pretty simple.  On the nymph front we have rolled into the late season fare.  Leeches, reef worms, PALs, mayhem midges, scuds and/or RS2s.  3-6FT, 1-3BBs and 4X on the tippet.  With the clear conditions definitely consider throwing fluorocarbon.

Cold Temps, Hot Fishing! North Platte Fly Fishing Report


Fishing has been great and the crowds have been low, that’s why we love the winter months! Sunny weather this week leading up to some mild snowy conditions this weekend. Going out while the snow is falling can be extra rewarding. Typically good fishing, beautiful surroundings, and low fishing pressure can make for a great winter trip! Our shoulder season specials are in effect: $600 for 2 nights in a cottage and 1 full day guided trip for 2 anglers!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has still been good on the Platte’s most consistent tailwater fishery. Fish have really moved into winter feeding patterns, staying in the slower deeper runs. Standard Winter patterns that have all been working are: Reef Worm in red and purple #14-18, Pine Squirrel Leech in brown and natural #10, Scuds in olive, tan, and orange #14-18, BH Brassie #18-22, and flashbang midges in red, black, and tan #18-20. Focus on the inside corners, bottom 2/3 of the run, just any deeper, slower water. Depth and weight play a huge role, try adjusting your weight and indicator before changing flies. Streamers have also been working well, the Reef’s Goldie, Reef’s Rusty Trombone, and Galloup’s Peanut envy’s are our top patterns right now. Keep your retrieve slow for best results!

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Fishing has been good most days out there nymphing and throwing streamers. Nymphs include Pine Squirrel Leeches #10, San Juan Worms in pink, purple, and red  #10-12, Scuds in olive, amber, and tan, and Zebra midges in Black, olive, and cream #18-20. On the streamer side of things The Reef’s Goldie, kreelex, and sparkle minnow have been producing. Same thing as the Reef, keep te retrieve deep and slow.

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell Meadow- 75 CFS- Fishing has been great up there, mostly nymphing but definitely some dry fly action on the warmer calm days! Nymphs have been almost all midge flies: The Reef’s PAL, LAZY, BH brassie, Mayhem Midge, and flashbang midge have all been getting ’em. A well placed griffiths Gnat, or small parachute adams will work for those risers when they peek their head up.

If you have any questions stop by or give the shop a call anytime from 8-2 everyday! If you call after hours make sure to leave a message so we can give you a call back in the morning.

Fishmas Time is Here! North Platte River Fly Fishing Report


We are now in the Christmas season, we hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We experienced a blizzard this past weekend but things are looking good for the week to come.Most roads have reopened, but there still are some slick spots on the highways. A good tool to check before you head up is  map.wyoroad.info to see the up-to-date road conditions. Temperatures will be in the mid-high 30’s everyday and the sun will be shining, a perfect time to get some fishing in!

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS- The fishing has been good up there and it hasn’t seen much fishing pressure lately. Small stuff is the key right now: BH Brassies, Jujubee midge, Macgruber Midge, Red Midge Larva, Scuds, and Reef worms all size #18-22. On the right day one can get some dry fly action with a griffths gnat or a small parachute adams. Pick your fish and get a nice soft presentation.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Typical Mile, some days have been good while others have been tough. That being said traveling out there is not advised right now. The road has some serious drifts and the cell phone service is spotty at best, not a place you want to get stuck!!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- As always the most consistent fishery we have. fishing has been good and there has hardly been anyone around. Most days you can have to the river to yourself! Nymphing has been solid with Macgruber Midges, Mayhem Midges, Brassies, Scuds, Pine Squirrel Leeches, Reef Worms, and flash bang midges. Focus on the deep slow tailouts, you might find some fish in faster water when the midges start hatching during the warmest part of the day. Streamers have also been getting ’em. The reef’s Goldie and Rusty Trombone have been our go-to’s. This time of year you really need to slow down your retrieve, the fish won’t want to chase some ripping by them too fast with the colder water temps.

If you have any questions give us a call or stop by the shop everyday from 8-2!

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report


It’s that time of year again, shoulder season rates are here and the fishing is great! Take advantage of $100 off of full day and 1/2 day trips, discounted lodging and lodging/guided fishing packages! Fishing remains good even after the the temps have dropped a bit. That being said there are plenty of days that have highs in the 50’s and little wind. Those days have had some incredible dry fly action with pods of fish rising all over the place. You can definitely throw a dry at these pods or another way to go is to  put a small streamer on and make one of the big boys come out and snatch it! This weekend’s weather looks pretty nice, good chance to get up here and get some November fishing in!

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fishing has been consistently good on the nymph rig, a shorter more suspended rig has been out producing the heavier longer ones. Reef Worms, pheasant tails, macgruber midge, Rs2’s, and leeches are all on the menu. The streamer bite has been good on some days, especially the overcast days. the vegetation is still present but definitely fishable!

Miracle Mile-500 CFS- The Mile has been fishing well even with a lot of pressure, it has been pretty crowded up there. Nymphing is solid with san juans, leeches, scuds,Pat’s Rubber legs, rs2’s, and midges. Swinging streamers is most of what we’ve been doing, the Kreelex, rusty trombone, goldie, and Peanut Envy’s have all been working well. This is true for all three tailwaters but please mind the redds out there, it’s best to just let the fish do their thing!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has been good from the dam to below Casper. Fishing seems to be the best during the warmest part of the day, that’s your best chance of seeing a baetis or pseudo hatch! When you see fish eating on the surface a well placed parachute adams in #18 is all you need. Streamer fishing has been solid as well. Slow swinging the goldie or kreelex in the deeper runs has been the most productive. Our go-to nymphs have been pheasant tails, flashbang midges, macgrubers, reef worms, leeches. and rs2’s!

As always of you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call!

 

Fall is Here!!! North Platte Fly Fishing Report


Fall is here and we are loving it (so are the fish)! With the temperature dropping a little bit and getting some more overcast days the streamer bite has definitely picked up. plus, the nymphing and dry fly fishing is still good which makes this is an exciting time to be fishing! October and November have some awesome fishing opportunities with big fish, low and clear water, and  hardly any crowds. We are starting to see some brown trout Redds out there, be mindful of where you are wading and please don’t target any spawning fish!

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS Fishing has been solid up there with some really nice fish being caught. Nymphing is still the most productive. Top bugs have been Scuds in olive, tan, and orange, Pheasant tails, RS2’s in chocolate, grey, and olive, Macgruber Midge, and the brassie. Make sure to play around with how heavy and deep you’re fishing. Small adjustments can make a big difference! Streamer fishing has also been good, especially in the canyon section. Goldies, Rusty’s, and Near Nuff Sculpins have been our go-to’s.
Miracle Mile- 500 CFS Fishing has been good most days, there are still days where the fishing is slower. Streamer bite has been picking up, mostly slow swinging streamers in the deeper sections of the runs. Rusty trombones, goldies, kreelex, and peanut envy’s have all been getting it done. As far as nymphs go san juan worms in red, purple, and pink, leeches. scuds, pheasant tails, uv emergers, rs2’s, and mayhem midges.
Grey Reef- East of Casper- 500 CFS The river has been fishing well from the Dam all the way to below Casper. There is more vegetation in the river the closer you are to Grey Reef Dam. The fishing is still good you just have to focus your efforts on the moving water and channels in between the weeds and in the bigger runs. Fish a little heavier and deeper on the upper section and lighten and shorten up the further downstream you get. Pheasant tails, RS2’s, barr’s emergers, hare’s ears, big bear beatis, mayhem midge, leeches and scuds have been the top flies. There are rising fish out there, more so in the afternoons. A well placed #18-20 Parachute Adams in grey or purple has been fooling them.
As always if you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call!

Dry Fly Time is HERE!


Fishing has been great the past couple of weeks here on the North Platte, fish are as happy and healthy as ever! Flows have dropped down a bit and that has only seemed to make the dry fly fishing better! This time of year has some awesome fishing opportunities, wading, and in the boat but the best thing is the lack of crowds.

Fremont- 75 CFS- Fishing has been awesome ever since the flow drop and the fish are charged up! Nymphing is consistent all day with mayhem midges, rs2’s, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, tung teasers and hare’s ears. The dry fly thing has been a fun way to to get them though, tricos in the morning with patterns like GS trico spinner, rusty spinner, and a parachute adams, Hoppers in the afternoon with godzilla hopper, pink pookie, and the water walker and Caddis in the evening with elk hair caddis, x caddis, and galloup’s goober caddis! Look for risers, get the right angle on them and try to make a cast that lands just in front of their nose.

Miracle Mile- 1,000 CFS The water is tanic colored but that hasn’t affected the fishing, it’s still the normal miracle mile, great some days and not so great on others. Our top producers have been san juan worms, prince nymphs, tung teasers, mayhem midges, and pheasant tails. Try throwing some streamers if some cloud cover shows up. Black Peanut envy, rusty trombone, and the articulated goldie are our favorites.

Grey Reef-Casper 2,200 CFS Big fish looking up! The trico thing is picking up more steam everyday, now we are seeing good pods of fish rising to the spinner fall instead of just single risers out there. The podded up fish are by far more catchable! We’ve been throwing parachute adams in #16-18 with a trico 24″ behind that. GS trico spinner or the two wing trico have been go-tos. After the trico fish are done eating we have been switching to hoppers, more-or-less hopper in tan, goldenrod, or pink, the pink pookie, godzilla hopper, south fork chernobyl, and yeti hopper are all getting them! Nymphing has been solid too with prince nymphs, pheasant tails, PALs, rs2’s, leeches and still some reef worms. You can go a little deeper and heavier towards grey reef dam and shorter and lighter the closer you get to Casper.

 

As always if you have any questions you can stop by the shop or give us a call!