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.
Well for those of you who did not see our social media posts, Grey Reef flows are up. Grey Reef is currently sitting at 2,000cfs. It was a welcomed bump in flows for sure, especially considering the warmer weather we have had over the weekend. From what we have heard, flows on Grey Reef may reach 3,500cfs by the end of this month. Plans for the Mile are as follows; remain at 1,500cfs for the next few weeks, then drop down to 500cfs for the remainder of the summer. That’s what we know at this time and as always we will keep you updated as we learn more.
After the last big rain event Grey Reef was blown out for a few days. But now it is back in shape and the fishing(nymphing) is about as fun as it gets! Caddis, midges and a few straggling baetis are whats popping and the fish are starting to focus on sally and pmd nymphs. Lots of fish are sitting up in the riffles, making for some pretty awesome sight fishing opportunities. Our Grey Reef guide rigs have been short and light…2-4ft with a #4-BB split shop, depending on the depth and speed of the water.
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.