Wyoming Fly Fishing with a Conscience for 22 Years


Get your crew gathered up and book the ultimate fly fishing experience at the North Platte Lodge for 2020. Our 22nd season at the original Grey Reef fly fishing lodge! Wow, where has the time gone? We accommodate 1 -12 anglers at the lodge. Are you shopping and trying to distinguish differences between operations? The main differences are our location, experience of guide staff, food, access, on site liquor sales, vacation rentals, we have a big van for airport shuttles, cigars, full service fly shop, drift boat rentals, river shuttles and we don’t fish pegged bead rigs. I guess that means we are the only fly fishing operation in Central Wyoming? We also have great guided wing shooting and big game hunting. Our corporate trip option is as good as it gets. Call 307.237.1182 and start your favorite tradition.

Grey Reef and the Big Horn River are fishing very well. Miracle Mile fishing report is good. Lets start with the Big Horn River in Themopolis, WY.  It is the Wyoming banana belt which means super nice weather, far less wind and warmer temps and big big fish. Book a Big Horn trip with us for $475/day for 2 anglers. Book 2 days or more and we’ll reduce the price to $450/day for early season. High pressure is bad for skiing and excellent to fill the winter gap on the river. Do it!

Grey Reef fishing well with midge, scud nymph rigs. Tailouts and soft edges for most of the day. active feeders will move up to the shelves during the big daily midge hatch. The upper is floatable right now but there has been some ice chokes. Nobody is fishing The Reef! What are they scared of, catching big fish without an audience? Miracle Mile trout are looking at slowly retrieved Rusty Trombones or similar and eating midges well back off of the heavy part of the runs. Roads are good and it has really been a bit too busy for the level of production. But hey, that’s The Mile.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend


Snow has piled up and the ice has started to form along the
edges of the North Platte River. Animals have started to move
to their winter ranges and the fish have slid down in the runs
with the cold-water temps. This can be some of the best times
to take advantage of the vacant banks, crowd less runs, and
abundant fish. Of course, the ice and wind can make it
challenging. This is when the slower, tail outs of runs can be
your most productive areas. Like many things in the winter, fish
become lethargic. Wanting to conserve as much energy as
possible. Eating the easiest of food. Start by working soft edges
of seams. Changing lengths and depths. And moving down in
the runs. The fish will be sitting in places that can be hard to get
a perfect drift. Mending will be harder with the more delicate
presentations needed at times. But be patient. Pack extra gear
prepare to chip ice from your guides. If you can handle it,
you’re in for some amazing opportunity at world class fish.

The Reef Fly Shop has just what you need to get you going.
From the gear to the trip. Contact the shop to get your “off
season rate” and your trip booked. We have the best access for
wade fishing slow runs and our ramps on the upper stretch
allow for access to float stretches that typically never freeze
over. And what better gifts for the holiday season than some
gear from the shop! From Santa rod and reel set ups to stocking
stuffers of all sizes, we have what you need. If you are out in
Alcova stop in to see some great sales and prices for anyone in
your family.

Give us a shout if you’d like to explore a Spring trip to Grey Reef. 307.237.1182

Fall at Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Beyond


*Brown landed a couple afternoons ago after a successful Sage Grouse hunt

Central Wyoming is giving us a show. Fishing, upland, waterfowl and big game hunting all part of the program and really productive. We still have a couple great lodge package opportunities for 2019 as well as cottage and day trip availabilities. Remaining NPL dates:

Oct 9-12 for up to 4 anglers

Oct 16-19 for up to 4 anglers

Have you heard about the Big Horn Basin upland bird hunting and Cast and Blast? These trips are based out of Thermopolis, WY and provide Chukar, Hun and pheasant hunting with the added bonus of  fishing the Big Horn River. The birds are available to hunt through January and the fishing is solid all year round.

TTT aka the Grey Reef Trophy Trout Tournament will go live on Oct 24 when 6 teams will compete over the next 3 days to land the longest trout. The 2019 Tournament is full but keep it on your radar for 2020. Lots of great sponsors, events and stuff, but the real draw is grinding out some long days of throwing streamers and trusting your strategy. We’ll update as we proceed.

Wyoming Fly Fishing: The hopper program is mostly over but Tricos, psuedos, crane flies and caddis all are providing banner dry fly currently and will through the end of October. Nymphing is strong and streamers are moderately productive…by this we mean not all fish will display interest but the fish that count likely will.

Wyoming Upland Hunting: The Sage Grouse season is winding down and it has been very favorable. Sorry to the many folks who requested hunts that we couldn’t fulfill! Lets try to get you on the books for 2020. We have Hun hunters out today in the Big Horn Basin and early season waterfowlers at Grey Reef this AM prior to an afternoon of dry fly fishing. No report yet for the upland guides but the water fowl crew collected a number of mallards and a couple geese. Interestingly the teal were a bit stand-offish for them this AM.

Wyoming Big Game Hunting: Our hunting guests are 100% thus far with elk and antelope hunters tagging. We have several more hunts happening through the first week of November. The antelope hunters added that to their program of hunting Sage Grouse and hopper fishing. What a cool trip and it exceeded all of our expectations.

Cheap Wyoming Fly Fishing: We hate to call it that but that is really what it is. Beginning Nov 15th and running through March 14th we offer reduced cottage and fishing guide rates with a super-cheap packaged option. What do you get? A full day guided fly fishing trip with one of our experienced rostered guide, the best private access available in the state (both quantity and quality) and flies. What don’t you get? Lunch…bring your own! The quality of the fishing does not suffer at all and can actually be more productive on a number of fronts during the cheap season. The weather might not be as stable so if you are a tender foot pony-up the extra cash and fish in July. If you are harty and miserly…the cheap trip is for you.

 

Wyoming Fly Fishing, Bird Hunting, Big Game and Trophy Trout Tournament


It has been a busy Grey Reef fishing season thus far. We are loving the summer weather and the associated hatches. Expect plenty of dry fly opportunities and filling in with nymphing and streamers through mid October-ish then we will likely be back to streamer and nymphing with some midge dry fly chances. We have a full schedule with a couple upcoming events and we are kicking off our latest hunting program – Upland Game Bird Hunting in the Big Horn Basin.

The Women’s Event happens in two weeks and it’ll be a ton of fun with yoga, a great menu, wine and spirit tasting, cigars and, of course, stellar fly fishing! We are booked this year but give us a shout to jump on board for the 2020 trip!

Trophy Trout Tournament – This is where serious streamer anglers compete to land the longest trout of the weekend. Fish hard and enjoy the peripheral activities like an evening sponsored by Gruner Brothers Brewing, tying demo with Dirty Water Fly Company and great food etc etc. Cash and prizes for the top angler and team. This is an inclusive event with lodging, meals, private access and guided fishing. Arrive Oct 24, fish 25-27 and depart 27. Two team spots still available. Call 307.237.1182 to claim your position. There is a Facebook Event page as well located at North Platte Lodge.

UPLAND BIRD HUNTING – We are kicking off our outpost upland wing shooting operation for 2019 and if you like wild Huns, Chukar, Pheasant with a couple other species sprinkled in this hunt has your name on it. Call for details and to book your trips. The season runs from mid September through mid January. This package also make a great cast and blast. The Big Horn River is a prolific trout fishery that compliments even more prolific upland bird hunting. We will base these hunts out of Thermopolis, WY.

The secret must be out? October is booking up at North Platte Lodge but we still have great spots available and a couple full lodge spots for big groups. Come see what makes October a guide’s choice month on the Grey Reef and Miracle Mile sections of the North Platte River. Excellent fishing, early season waterfowl cast and blasts, trophy class trout aggressively seeking a well presented streamer, beautiful fall weather and very light river traffic.

Call 307.237.1182

Fish like water.


2019, thus far, has not disappointed.  Our average size fish is most certainly larger than the past several years, with strong a representation of 17-18″ fish.  We are also seeing plenty of fish in the larger size classes.  Simply put-the fish are big, healthy and fighting hard.

If you have not payed us a visit yet, you might be unaware of the cool and wet weather we have been having.  And unless you enjoy watching the snowpack and reservoir data like we do, you probably are not aware that we still have more to come.  What does this mean for Central Wyoming and the North Platte watershed?  More water and some exciting fishing.  With reservoir levels all currently above 80% and more runoff to come we can expect flows to drastically go up in the coming weeks.  Not going to lie, we are excited!  Big flows mean big floats and chucking to the banks.  Just pick a side of the river and start fishing.  Also we can’t rule out the potential for world-class hopper fishing.  2019 is very reminicent of 2011/2012…just saying.

Regardless, this summer is stacking up to be a great one!  We do have a few rooms left for the remainder of the year, so if you have the itch to experience some of the best fishing of the season, give us a call!  307.237.1182

 

Spring at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile, Father’s Day NPL Event, NPL Tournament Weekend


Central Wyoming Fly Fishing has been excellent. Spring Baetis ( Blue Winged Olives) and midges are dominating the hatch. The fish are super active and suspended. Some are so suspended that they are eating on top. It has been really fun. We were graced with a little wintery backhand the past couple days but Casper and Alcova are back up to near 60* degrees today. The river is in prime shape and still low flows at 500 cfs at Grey Reef and 1800 cfs at Miracle Mile. The lower North Platte River is fishable all the way through Casper at the moment but the most active and buggy locations will be much closer to Grey Reef Dam. Expect warmer conditions to get the feeder streams moving again over the next couple days causing cloudy water below Government Bridge. This should be short-lived and a bit more mileage will become (more) fishable.

The Reef Fly Shop has been in the grip of a renovation and we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. We hope you’ll like it! The porch is going to be awesome and we’ll be able to stock more stuff to make sure you have a great experience when visiting. The cottages have been really busy but we do have some openings throughout the month. Of course, RV spots are available as well as boat rentals and river shuttles.

North Platte Lodge has some great openings for one or two rooms over the next couple weeks and over the 4th of July! This is a cool time to fish Miracle Mile’s Golden Stone Fly hatch and Grey Reef is ticking on all cylinders with PMDs, Sallies and caddis. Who doesn’t like an evening dry fly session after dessert?

FATHER’S DAY EVENT Fathers and Kids! Kids bring your Dad or Dad bring your kid/s to NPLs first Father’s Day Event. Arrive June 21, fish a full day the 22nd and 23rd then a half day the morning of the 24th before departing. We will have a nice sit down lunch before you hit the road on Sunday afternoon. All meals and lodging provided! Call for details. 307.237.1182 We realize this is the weekend after Father’s Day but we didn’t want to steal you away on your special day.

STREAMER TOURNEY Oct 31-Nov 3 This is a North Platte Lodge Trophy Trip on steroids and positioned at the height of the most successful time to target trophy class trout (25″ or more) . The event will be limited to 12 anglers staying and fishing double occupancy. Arrive Thursday afternoon Oct 31st, Fish full day Nov 1 and 2 and a half day Nov 3. On the final day NPL will provide a chef prepared lunch and award ceremony prior to an afternoon departure. Cash and prizes will sweeten it up! The goal is to land the longest Trout of the weekend. Lodging, meals, 17 miles of private access with 5 boat ramps and guides/boat provided. Once the roster is set you will have access to your guides to scheme your approach. Call for details 307.237.1182

 

Bring on the bugs!


The 10 days of the Spring flush has come to an end. Fishing has been great! The river bed has been cleared of most silt and debris. The fish are now moving up to their spawning beds throughout the river. As always spawning is an exciting time of year. Being able to see hundreds of fish in their yearly routine is something many have never had the opportunity to witness. The blonde cleared away patches of pebbles checker board in the shallows with some dark shadows of fish near by. These fish are now creating the future of the river. Anglers as well as other people need to respect the fishes space by avoiding walking and fishing in these fragile places. This will help preserve our amazing fishery. Although there are many fish spawning, there are also many that are not. Some are patiently waiting their turn. A selection of fish sit and feed in preparation for spawning or once they are complete in the deep runs and soft edges. However, fish are not the only creatures going through this Spring dance.
The banks of the river are lined with all sorts of wildlife that call the North Platte river home. Nesting eagles are always a site to see. Golden and Bald eagles both call the Platte River their home for generations. Seeing these regal giants sore above, and occasionally giving us the quick photo opportunity, is truly magnificent. Along or banks also has turkeys currently strutting their stuff, along with the beautiful ducks and geese. Chicks will soon start to pop up along the river, and newly born fawns will start to show up with their mothers for a quick drink.
Oh, and did we mention our Spring bugs! They will start to swarm the water. From the Baetis popping up on the surface; to swarms of midges that seem to form small clouds that always follow the boat. The fish become very active during this time. Fish forget all about the cold, lethargic state from winter water temps, and go into somewhat of a feeding frenzy.
Being able to witness some of these events is worth a trip to the North Platte in itself. Catching world class fish while doing it, well that’s just the bonus. Give us a call and get your next opportunity booked!

Thaw and Flush


March is an exciting month. It’s the time of year where anything can happen with the weather. It will snow a foot one day, and then be 50 degrees on another. The river that has been frozen down stream will start to open, and the banks will start to come alive. The beginning of spring. Things will start to thaw and the North Platte River will be hub for activity. It is to many, their favorite time of the year to go Fly Fishing! Floating is an amazing way to see everything from deer and antelope, all the way to turkeys strutting their stuff on the banks. Oh, and did I mention the fishing is fantastic? The Reef Fly Shop has the best early season package in the business! 2 nights in a cottage and 1 day of guided fishing on Grey Reef for $600! Until March 15 where we return to regular season rates. Get it while it lasts!

Every year the North Platte River is flushed near the second week of March for ten days. The flush is when the Bureau Of Rec slowly bumps flows up from our current 500cfs to 4000cfs and then back down slowly to 500cfs over night. This cleans out the “junk” if you will on the bottom of the river. Over the year silt and debris covers some of the bottom and prime spawning habitat for our fishery. The high flows clean this from the bottom moving it down stream away from prime spawning habitat. This year however, with the remaining ice and cold weather in the extended forecast. Coupled with the current bridge construction taking place below Alcova Dam, dates for the flush have not come out yet. There are a few factors to think of with this. We don’t want the flush to be late, as this will wash away where fish have already spawned. However, we do want a flush to clean up the bottom, creating more prime spawning habitat. With a little luck, hopefully the weather warms up and it will get back on track! We will continue to update everyone on the flush plans and schedule as we gain more information.

We recently have made some changes to The Reef Fly Shop and it is starting to come along nicely! Click the link here to check it out. https://youtu.be/xWb4pN_G43I Although we have the project going, we are still open. So stop in to grab your gear and see the changes yourself!

We’ve made it out to the Miracle Mile a couple times in the last few weeks. Braving the elements. This is always a challenge this time of year. Roads are a pain, wind blowing, and cold temps make it hard. But can be well worth it. Swinging streamers, we were able to connect on some great fish! The Miracle Mile road had some drifting and slippery spots so be careful if you are going to make the trip out passed Alcova!

2019, Looking Ahead to Another Excellent Season Lead with the Best Early Season Trips


2019 is underway! Wyoming Fishing is still excellent on the midge, scud, leech program. Weather is variable but right now we are in the 50s for high temps. Snowpack is solid to this point and crossing our fingers for a bunch more. We have some cool things in store this year and the most notable is a total revamp of The Reef Fly Shop. Expect and updated look with a little more space being added and some really cool outside “hangout” space.

The North Platte Lodge bookings are very solid but we always can make space. Our corporate program has been very well received thus far. We know how to entertain a large group of people and the corp program does it at reduced rates. You don’t have to be a business to take advantage but you need a minimum number of anglers. If you are looking for a cool team building trip or a reunion we are the go-to.

Early season cheap trips are being pedaled at the sport shows like there is limited space and availability:) We won’t be at the shows but we always provide the best early season fishing and/or lodging packages. The others just can’t provide what we can…the best location and, by far, the most private access. We are the first established Grey Reef Outfitter and are proud to have the largest and most experienced crew of full time guides. Before committing to a “show special” give us a shout.

Our hunting program is getting a lot of attention. Sage Grouse and early season waterfowl have lead the charge but our big game options are pretty amazing. No hunting camps considering our location and permanent facilities. Our cook staff, housekeeping and expert guides provide a stellar experience.

Call with any question, we’d love to chat and explain timing and the property ( North pLatte Lodge or The Reef Fly Shop , Cottages & RV ) that will best suit your preference. Happy 2019!

Fall Fishing Might be the Best


Wyoming Fly Fishing in the fall might be the best there is? Will you touch the numbers of fish you might in the spring? Probably not. Will there be any shortage of fish in the fall? Absolutely not. What makes this time of year so great then? The light makes it great. There is no more impressive time of year for crazy shadows and glowing sunshine and incredibly comfortable weather. Dry fly fishing…challenge you find this quality of fish eating dries consistently anywhere. Clear water and structure, the spring doesn’t have structure the way the fall does…these are edges to focus your nymphing, dry fly or streamer approach. What creates the structure in fall? Two things 1. Clear,cool water on the entire system allow you to fish parts of the river that have steep banks, cutbanks and current that pushes to the bank. These areas don’t fish particularly well earlier in the season. 2. Weed beds…the dreaded weeds!! They act as edge structure and create cool(super productive) runs and seams. There is a tremendous lesson to be learned from the changing conditions and those who opt to work it out will be rewarded handsomely…others will just crab about weeds:) Trophy-class trout, these fish are available in very few fisheries but thrive in Grey Reef and Miracle Mile, they love an aggressively presented streamer. 100 miles of high performance North Platte River, that isn’t an exaggeration – From Miracle Mile to Glenrock there is 100 fishable Miles with Grey Reef (us) at ground zero. This creates an insane amount of angling opportunity and spreads the traffic out so much you may only see one or two boats the entire day. What is your reason for fishing Central Wyoming this time of year? Weather? Dry Fly? Monster trout? Sparse river traffic? Gobs of river to explore? Clear water?
October is where it is at…