A Quick Report


After a rough December and start to the New Year, we finally got a much needed break in the weather.  This past week has brought temps in the high 30s, full sun and very little wind.  It’s  just about perfect!  Grey Reef is open from the dam to Lusby and the stretch from the dam to the Outhouse Hole aka Pete’s Draw is prime for wade fishing right now.  With flows at 450cfs and water temps in the low-mid 30s, we have been concentrating on the slower/deeper runs.  Annelid’s, pine squirrel leeches and PALs have been our go-to flies.  Length and weight have varied but 5-7ft, 1-3 B shot has been mostly where we are living.

For those of you looking to scratch the itch, now is the time to start to watching the weather.  Look for a couple of nice days and give us a shout and take advantage of our off-season rates and packages! 307-232-9128

Happy New Year!


First things first, we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year!  Our crew is looking forward to 2022 and what should be another great year in Central Wyoming.  Currently, snowpack is looking good on the upper North Platte River drainage(115-119%).  If we keep with this trend we should have good flows and water in the reservoirs.  So cheers to all of you and we look forward to seeing you this year!

Happy Holidays


First things first, we’d like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our crew to all of you!  We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

For those of you that keep up with our weather, you’re probably noticed the lack of “nice” days over the past few weeks.  Well, as we discussed in the last report, that’s just the way it can be this time of year in Central Wyoming.  But when the weather has lined up, the fishing continues to be good.  It most certainly has been more of an late morning/afternoon program for Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef.  Our list of top flies right now are the following; pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, orange scuds, PALs, rhinestones and mayhems.  The most productive water continues to be the mid to lower half of the run, concentrating on the slower/deeper water.  One last thing, as of right now Grey Reef is floatable to Lusby but that will more than likely change with colder temperatures expected next week.  As always we will keep everyone updated on the current conditions but if your planning on heading out don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail or give us a call at the shop.

More Like Winter


After a very mild and pleasant fall we have rolled into more of our standard winter weather program.  Weather and wind.  Either we’re getting snow or it’s blowing, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell.  Population control for Central Wyoming.

Grey Reef is finally starting to see some icy conditions below Government Bridge.  The Upper, as always this time of year, is the place to be.  Flows are at 450cfs and clear, with the vegetation becoming less and less by the day.  Pine squirrel leeches, PALs, rhinestones, reef worms and small pheasant tails are the bugs of choice.  With water temperatures dropping we are definitely concentrating on the lower half of the run and focusing on the deeper tailouts and seams.  Thats not to say you can’t find them nosed up to shelf during the afternoon midge hatch but the most overall productive water is going to be the deep stuff.

So how about the Miracle Mile fishing report?  Well, with the weather finally shaping up more into its winter pattern the crowds have finally started to subside.  Per usual, make sure to check with us our someone else “local” this time of year before you venture that way.  Roads can get nasty and the Mile is not the place to get stuck this time of year.  While nymphing is always a popular winter program on the Mile, you’ll find most of us headed out there to swing a streamer.  Again, with water temperatures hovering slightly above freezing, the slow/deep tailouts are your friend.  Intermediate lines and/or a short sink-tip is the way to go.  These lines along with a weighted streamer will get you into the lower third of the water column, putting your streamer in front of their faces.  For whatever reason you’re hard pressed to beat an articulated goldie or rusty trombone when it comes to swinging the Miracle Mile.

Thankful


We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We are thankful for all of you and appreciate your patronage.

As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday, it appears we are going to continue on this mild weather pattern as we make our way into December.  With day time highs in the 50s and lows above freezing, Grey Reef is open and fishable from Alcova to Glenrock, Wyoming.  A little weird but we’ve seen it before.  So, how’s the fishing?  Pretty darn good.  Afternoons are definitely fishing better than the mornings.  More bugs and a little warmer water temps in the afternoon.  According to General Manager Eric Anderson, a bead pheasant tail in sz. 16 or 18 has been the top bug.  Other patterns would be, pine squirrel leeches, reef worms and/or a PAL.  He has been sticking between 3-5ft in length and varying his weight run to run.  On the streamer front, we have scaled down in size.  Mini goldies, twin lakes specials and the old Seth special…the smaller stuff is working better for our crew.  The Miracle Mile continues to be a little crowded but for those wanting to head that way, we would suggest swinging a streamer(i.e. kreelex, rusty trombone, peanut envy) in the deeper runs.  Well, that’s about it on the fishing front for now.  So, if you’re in the area make sure to stop by and see us.

FYI.  As we roll into the “off season” our hours have changed a little bit.  Current shop hours are as follows, 8am-noon, daily.

Shoulder Season


Hard to believe it’s already November 15th and we are a week and half away from Thanksgiving.  Wow, time is truly flying by.  November 15th is the official start to our “shoulder season” and discounted rates.  So if you see a weather window, come pay us a visit.  We have cottages available and guides ready to work!

Now for a quick little fishing report.  After a couple weeks of weather, we have dried up and are having some very mild temperatures here in Central Wyoming.  It’s been a great month to be on the water thus far and the extended forecast looks like more of the same.  With dry fly opportunities waning, our guide crew has been focusing on their nymph and streamer game.  Pine squirrel leeches, PALs, foam-wing RS2s, mayhems and scuds on 4-7ft with 1-3B shot.  We have definitely been varying the length/weight depending on the run and type of water.  As far as streamers are concerned, we’ve mainly been throwing intermediate lines, covering the entire run.  The fish are holding in all types of water but as water temperatures continue to drop expect them to concentrate towards the bottom of the run.  Slow and deep, that is the winter streamer program.

Back On Track


Whether its La Nina or just a wet weather pattern, we’ve been getting some decent moisture the past few weeks.  A few of these storms have made a mess of the lower river (Government Bridge-downstream) but it appears now that we are on the mend.  Currently, Grey Reef is flowing at 450cfs and fishable from the Dam to Glenrock.  It is still a little off colored through Casper but we wouldn’t hesitate putting a boat on.  Fremont Canyon is plugging along at the standard 75cfs and still off-colored due to Reservoir turnover.  Miracle Mile is also at winter flows and holding between 500-500cfs.

Streamers and nymphs are the program right now.  Not to say you can’t put together a decent dry fly day on Grey Reef because baetis and pseudos are still popping on a daily basis to some degree.  Our nymph program is pretty much the same for all three North Platte tailwaters.  Pine squirrel leeches, san juan worms, pheasant tails, Macgruber’s and PALs.  As far as streamers are concerned our guide crew is a little split.  Some of them are throwing small and dark (i.e. wounded sculpin aka Seth special, peacock buggers, twin lakes special) and the rest are in the articulated camp (i.e. rusty trombones, articulated goldies, articulated ebony, mini dungeons).  For streamers we have been mainly throwing floating or intermediate lines.

Our phone at the shop is currently down.  We are hoping to have it fixed asap and apologize for any inconvenience.   

A Little Taste of Winter


We have had a beautiful fall to say the least.  Mild temperatures, clear skies and very little wind.  It was only matter of time before we had to start seeing some weather…well, because it’s October and we live in Wyoming.  Last weeks storm blanketed our area in a nice layer of white, with Casper seeing 14″-18″.  As I write this report, we are supposed to see another dose of snow today and tonight.  The nice thing about it, it will be sunny and 50F by tomorrow.

With the changing weather, we’ve had a mixed bag of fishing.  Foul weather days have been consistently producing some awesome streamer fishing on Grey Reef.  Standard fare…rusty trombone’s, goldie’s, and/or black peacock buggers.  The calm, high pressure days have still be giving our guides and guests plenty of opportunities at the dry fly game.  We are still seeing some tricos in the morning, with psuedos and baetis being the late morning-afternoon program.  So if your headed our way make sure you are set up for just about anything.  This is the time of year you could throw nymphs, streamers and dries-all in the same day.

More Of The Same


Well, it seems to be the same thing on repeat.  Obviously, with the way things have been going, that’s not a bad thing.  Great weather and water conditions on Grey Reef are primo.  Super clear and bugs are popping!  Like we said in our last post, if technical dry fly fishing is your thing, it’s a great time to be on Upper Grey Reef.  We do have some weather on the horizon which could really fire up the streamer bite.  For those of wondering about the Miracle Mile, it has been fishing pretty well.  But as you would expect, fairly crowded, especially the lower end.  If your headed that way it’s going to nymphing/streamer program.  Worms, leeches and pheasant tails are our go-to patterns right now.  If your going to throw a streamer you’re hard pressed to go wrong with a Goldie.

Bring Your ‘A’ Game


Firstly, sorry for the lack of reports recently.  We have been working on our new website.  We still have some tweaking left to do but we hope you enjoy the new site!

So, how’s the fishing?  Let us start with water conditions on the North Platte.  Both Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon are slightly off color.  This can be attributed to reservoir turnover.  Both systems are still fishing relatively well, just don’t expect great clarity.  Grey Reef on the other hand is in great shape.  Clear conditions from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock, WY.  Per usual the vegetation is more concentrated on Upper Grey Reef, as it is every year at this time.  That being said, that’s where the most consistent dry fly fishing is happening.  But it’s not easy.  It’s technical and a whole lot of fun!  Tricos, pseudos and some baetis.  Break out the longer leaders and 5X and get ready to get abused.  This fish are full of fight and it’s a battle to keep them out of the vegetation. But again, it’s sooo fun!  If that’s not your game, you can always head down low to avoid the veg and run the nymph or streamer program…and you also find less technical dry fly eating fish.