Cool and rainy this morning in Central Wyoming. Not gonna lie, it feels pretty good! We are officially at the midpoint of September and we are right where we are supposed to be. Flows on Grey Reef are at 500cfs, Miracle Mile 530cfs and Fremont is holding steady at 75cfs. Everything is fishing well, actually really well. Water temperatures have dropped to a more comfortable level and conditions, especially on Grey Reef, are primo.
Pretty standard when we see the drop in flows, Grey Reef is running very clear and the vegetation is far less of a hinderance. That being said, it has been buggy and the fish are looking up. Huge trico numbers in the morning and pseudos in the afternoon. Our Grey Reef guides have pretty much been rowing around looking for heads. A little longer leader, tethered to 4X or 5X with a single dry (i.e. para adams, trico spinner), or a double fly rig with something a little bulkier (i.e. X caddis) with a trico spinner dropper. If dry fly fishing isn’t your thing, you can still catch them on trusty nymph rig. Our go-to nymphs have been PALs, RS2 foam-wings in black and grey, pheasant tails, Pat’s rubber legs and/or a black two-bit hooker. Our nymph rigs have been between 3-6ft in length and anything from no weight to 1-2BB split shot. It really just depends on the type of water you are fishing.
We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable labor day weekend! Based on our sources we have been told Grey Reef will start dropping this week, it may even start today. Fortunately it looks like we will be out of this blistering heat wave by weeks end as well. Our guide staff has been diligent about taking water temperatures and we have chosen to go-to early starts and early offs until the cool weather shows up this weekend. This mornings forecast shows highs in the 50s with lows in the 30s on Saturday. That’s gonna feel good!
With the anticipated drop in flows we are expecting a pretty strong uptick in trico/pseudo activity and the fish feeding on them. So you’ll definitely want to keep the dry fly rod handy. Currently our guides are looking for heads in the morning then switching over to nymphs later on. 4-6ft, 1-3 BBs tethered to a leech, cranefly, Pat’s rubber legs and dropped with a small pheasant tail or foam wing RS2. A pretty straight forward rig!
It happens every year, without question. The vegetation(mainly a species from the genus potamogeton), on Grey Reef starts breaking up and making its way downstream. In the case of this year it has gotten a little extra jolt, courtesy the recent bump in flows. Is it a pain in the ass? Sure. Does it make it unfishable? Absolutely not. You just have to be prepared to clean your flies and get them in the right spot. This isn’t spring on Grey Reef, so don’t expect it. You may not be hitting the numbers of fish you are accustomed to but the quality is there, without question.
If you are here or headed this way, this is the program our crew has been rolling…4-6ft, 1-2 AB split shot. A short, stout nymph rig that gets down quick. The first fly will be a Pat’s rubberlegs, cranefly or a leech. Trail that with a birds nest or another caddis pattern, pheasant tail and/or a foam wing RS2. Also, keep your eyes peeled for risers. We are seeing a few heads up on tricos in the morning as well as a few eating hoppers in the afternoon.
So if the current situation has you a little down and you don’t want to bother with the veg, there is a silver lining. When flows start dropping after Labor Day, the river should be in great shape. Less vegetation and clear, clean water. September and October is setting up to be one for the books…
Thanks to all of you that stopped by for our summer sale! Here’s a quick little fishing report/update. Grey Reef flows bumped up last week to 2,500cfs. Weird, we know…but obviously Nebraska is needing a little more water. We are expected to hold at 2,500cfs until September 6, when flows will start dropping. After then rain and bump in flows, water conditions were pretty poor but things are settling back down and we now have good water to Sechrist. Nymphing and streamers are the way to go if you just want to catch some fish. That being said, we are getting a few on tricos in the morning with a few fish willing to eat a hopper in the afternoon.
Swing by the shop this coming Thursday-Saturday, 8/18-8/20, for our summer sale. All apparel will be at 20% off with a few special racks marked at 30-40%.
A quick little report on Grey Reef. Flows are currently at 2,000cfs. We have been having some legit thunderstorms the past few evenings and Grey Reef has been impacted. As of this afternoon, upper Grey Reef is clearing and fishable. Everything downstream of Government is not, zero visibility at this time.
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Hard to believe we are already nine days into the month of August! It’s been a busy summer for us and will continue to be for the coming months. Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year…it’s been a good one thus far. So, here’s a little fishing/water conditions report for everyone. Flows on Grey Reef have dropped to 2,600cfs, clarity is excellent and water temps on the upper are 60.5 degrees as of this afternoon. Miracle Mile is still sitting at a low and slow 540cfs, clarity is marginal and water temps are probably leaning on being a little too warm (we have not had any guides on the Mile for several weeks to report an exact temperature). Fremont Canyon is currently flowing at 400cfs, clarity is marginal there as well and the water temperatures are around 60 degrees.
So as for the fishing, our guides have been spending their time on Grey Reef. We are continuing to see consistent trico numbers in the morning and we are definitely finding some fish up on the surface. After that subsides our Grey Reef guides have been switching over to a nymph rig. Foam wing RS2, pheasant tail, birds nest, poxyback…these are a few of our top nymphs right now. So what about hoppers? We are getting some fish to eat the hopper, for sure. The number of fish eating really seems to depend on the day and the float. Otherwise, if you are willing to strike out early or stay on late, streamers are in play as well. Top streamer right now, the trusty rusty t, of course.
Grey Reef is holding steady at 3,000cfs and water conditions are pretty darn good, clear water and very little debris. We are really starting to see good numbers of tricos on the river and it should only get better. So make sure you throw in the dry fly rod! But if you’re just want to catch some fish, nymphing is the way to go. Our guides have been throwing 4-7ft with 1-3BBs. Top flies are as follows; poxyback pmds, bh pheasant tails, rusty RS-2, gray RS-2 and/or bh birds nest. Streamers are also getting some attention, especially if you’re willing to run the early and late program or you happen to get a day with a little cloud cover. Sink tips are the way to go-tethered to a rusty t, petunia or a mini dungeon,
Well, we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July! We were booked out solid this past weekend at both the lodge and the cottages. It’s definetly feeling like summer around here with temperatures in the 90s this coming week. Flows remain the same on the Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef. Water temperatures are in the 50s for all three and the fish are full of it! We have seen a decent number of golden stones over the past few weeks on the Mile, with few fish on top but the most success coming subsurface(i.e. Pat’s rubber legs). Grey Reef is starting to go through the bug progressions with sallies, pmds and caddis popping off daily. This should only get better in the coming weeks.
Well, kind of. This morning feels more like late spring, with highs today only reaching the 60s. Short lived, it should start warming back up on Monday. Let’s start with flows and conditions. Currently Grey Reef has settled in at 3,000cfs and is fishable from Grey Reef dam to Casper, WY. The Miracle Mile is holding at 1,500cfs and we are seeing some golden stones starting to pop. Fremont Canyon has been bumped up to 650cfs. With flows stabilizing on Grey Reef we should start working back into our hatch progressions. As water temperatures start increasing (it is currently 46F at @ Grey Reef) we should start seeing PMDs, sallies and more caddis. So if your headed this way make sure to grab some of the staples, i.e. san juan worms, pine squirrel leeches, etc. Something big and tasty followed by a PMD nymph seemed to work well this past week.