Miracle Mile(1,500cfs), Fremont(80cfs) and Grey Reef(500cfs) are all in great shape. Clear water and the bugs have been popping, especially on Grey Reef. This is such a fun time of year! A baetis and midge pattern have been our bread and butter up top, no question. If you’re heading down low you definitely need some leech patterns as well as some caddis. Streamers have definitely been on the menu as well, especially if we get some overcast weather.
Fishing is good! We have great water conditions from Grey Reef to Glenrock, with flows still hovering around 500cfs. If your heading to upper Grey Reef, baetis are the featured menu item. RS2 foam-wings, Barr’s emerged, split case BWO, big bear baetis, real deal point fly are a few of the patterns you need to have in your box. Make sure to vary your length/weight depending on the type of water you are in. Also, don’t hesitate to go to the mini-rig when the bugs are popping. If your looking to get out and throw some larger flies, you might want to head to the lower river. Water conditions are primo and water temps are in the 50s. The big fish are fired up! You are hard pressed to beat a rusty or an articulated goldie but as was the case yesterday black was the color. So make sure you have some darker color streamers with you.
Cool and wet this morning! Current water conditions are as follows; clear from Grey Reef Dam to Lusby, muddy at Government Bridge. Flows are sitting at 500cfs and fishing has been good! It’s bug season on Grey Reef, with daily baetis and midge hatches. Our rigs have been pretty straight forward, a reef worm or leech trailed by a PAL/foam-wing RS2/Macgruber or pulsating emerger. Remember to shorten and lighten up when the bugs start popping!
Well folks, as we write this little report it is snowing! Some locations more than others. Casper is currently under about a 10″ blanket of white, while 30 miles to the southwest in Alcova, it might just be a few inches. Currently the Grey Reef stretch of the North Platte is in good shape. For about the past week and a half we have been fortunate to have good water conditions from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock, Wyoming. That’s a lot of fishable water! Unfortunately it might be different below Casper when the snow starts melting.
Miracle Mile: 1,526cfs
Fremont Canyon: 72cfs
Grey Reef: 505cfs
Nymphing is currently the name of the game. Leeches, worms, annelids, midges and baetis patterns are top producers. 3-7ft on the rig length, with anything from a single #4 split shot to 3BB’s. We know thats a broad range but when the bugs are popping our guides are fishing light/short and when things quiet down a longer rig is more appropriate.
Well folks, the flush had ended on Grey Reef and flows are back to 450cfs. Water conditions as of today are primo! We have fishable water from Grey Reef dam to Casper,WY. We do have cold and wet weather forecasted for the week so we will have to see if that impacts the downstream water conditions.
Just a heads up, road construction is expected to start tomorrow on Kortes Rd. The construction will take place from the bridge at Alcova Dam and end at the Miracle Mile/Fremont Canyon split. What does this mean? Well, if you are planning on heading to the Mile you’ll need to go via Pathfinder Rd/Fremont Canyon Rd. Expected finish date is late September.
What a beautiful week we have had in Central Wyoming! Mild, sunny and calm. As we make our way toward the flush, here’s a few updates. Flows are currently as follows; Grey Reef(500cfs), Fremont Canyon(72cfs) and Miracle Mile(530cfs +/-). Currently Grey Reef Reservoir aka The Afterbay is drained to the river channel, this will continue until the start of the flush on March 31. After that we should see it fill back up.
All and all the fishing has been solid! Nymphing has been the name of the game with pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, san juans, PALs, rhinestones, mayhems and pulsating emergers being our list of go-to patterns. With the low flows our rigs have been living in the 4-6.5ft range, with 1-3 b shot depending on the run. This has been our setup for Grey Reef, Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile. Keep in mind, with the low flows and clear water conditions, you might want to dial down your tippet size. Most of our crew has been fishing 4x fluorocarbon to the back fly.
If you haven’t seen it on our social media outlets, then here’s a little flush update. The Grey Reef flush is now scheduled to begin on March 31 and run for exactly nine days. During the flush-flows will increase every night, starting at midnight. Maximum flow during the flush is 4,000cfs. Flows will drop and stabilize to 500cfs every morning at 10am. At this time we do not know what flows will be post-flush but our best guess would be somewhere around 500cfs.
Another cold front brought more snow and bitter temperatures to Central Wyoming. Fortunately for us, temperatures will start climbing, starting tomorrow. We have definitely shifted into a wet pattern it seems like, which from a snowpack standpoint is a great thing. We will take it, especially in the upper drainage (Walden CO, Encampment WY, Saratoga WY).
Let’s start with a little Grey Reef FLUSH update. Still nothing firm but our resources tell us the Bureau of Reclamation will be performing a gate check at the end of March. That indicates the flush will follow after the gate check is complete. So, if it is to happen, we’d plan on something around the beginning of April and it should be somewhere between 5-10 days in length. As always, if we hear anything we will let everyone know.
As for the fishing, we have started to put a few more boats on the water in the past weeks. Conditions have been good, other than a brief warm-up last week that had the river blown-out at various locations starting upstream of Government Bridge. Obviously this most recent cold front has help with the run-off but locked the lower river back up with ice. As always the upper river from Grey Reef dam to Ledge Creek is clear and fishing well. Nymphs and streamers continue to be the name of the game. For our nymph rigs it’s been a mix of the following…pine squirrel leeches(brown or natural), reef worms, deep purples, mini san juans(red or purple), PALs, rhinestones and/or mayhems. Our rigs have been running between 4-7ft with 1-3 BB split shot. If your looking to strip a streamer, the petunia as been our go-to pattern as of late. With the low winter flows plan on fishing your streamer pattern on a floating, intermediate or very short/light sink-tip. There is no need for a really stout sink-tip or sinking line this time of year.
Well, the arctic blast has officially arrived in Central Wyoming. Overnight lows are expected to dip down around -10 degrees with a projected windchill to -30 degrees. Wow! This is without question the coldest weather of the 21-2022 winter season. With these colder temperatures, we would expect over the next couple of days for Upper Grey Reef to lock up in spots, so make sure to check-in with us if your thinking about floating.
TRFS guide Chris Scholtz was on the water yesterday with anglers, Dave and Nichols. They floated Upper Grey Reef and from the sounds of it, the fishing was pretty spectacular. Not really any bugs to speak of but the fish were more than happy to eat a red or purple san juan, a red or purple reef worm and/or a chocolate leech. 4-6 feet, one AB in the shallower run and two ABs in the deeper stuff. A pretty simple but effective rig we’d say.
First things first, we have not yet heard about the dates for the spring flush on Grey Reef. Historically, it takes place during the last few weeks of March. As soon as we hear something we will let you know.
Well, we are officially into the second week of February and thus far it’s been pretty nice. Other than a lack of snow, we can’t complain. February is a great month to be on the water when the weather plays nice. Yesterday was one of those days for sure. Spent the afternoon poking around and wade fishing various spots on Upper Grey Reef. Nymphs were more or less the way to go in every run we fished. That being said, we did manage at least a few grabs on the streamer in every run as well. You have to remember, water temps are pretty chilly and the fish are not overly aggressive towards the streamer. So, keep the strip nice and slow and with the clear water conditions smaller and natural seemed to be the ticket (i.e. near-nuff sculpin). On the nymphing front, it started with hot-head scuds and ended with reef worms and leeches. Not much for a midge hatch that day so the larger menu items were the way to go! Our rig stayed in that 5-6ft range with 1-2BB split shot.