Let’s start with a quick little update of water conditions on Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon. Grey Reef is at 500cfs as of this morning and conditions, other than floating vegetation, are excellent from the Dam to Glenrock, Wyoming. Upper Grey Reef is as clear as we have ever seen it for late September! The Miracle Mile is at 700cfs and clear as well, with the lake level still holding at mid-lower Chalk Bluff. Fremont Canyon continues to flow at 72cfs and is slightly off-color(typical of this time of year due to the unicellular algae).
As of right now everything is fishing well. It’s that simple! Our weather continues to be nothing short of spectacular and the fish are on the feed. Our guides/guests have been stretched out across the area for the past week and their coming back with great reports. Considering all of our options right now, Upper Grey Reef has probably been the most impressive. As we’ve already said, the water is ultra clear for this time of year. 4-6ft of visibility on the upper, wow!! Combine this with a solid a.m. trico hatch, psuedos mid-day and evening caddis-the past few weeks have boasted some INCREDIBLE dry fly fishing. I personally did a trip on Saturday and we fished dries all day long. We hit the big pods of trico fish in the morning with great success…but when the bugs tapered off we decided to drift a sparkle para-adams behind a small(sz. 8) hopper. We continued to get eat, after eat. It was awesome! Granted most of the fish were on the adams but we did have several on the hopper.
The 7-10 weather forecast for Central Wyoming is showing some more “fall appropriate” weather moving into the area over the weekend. This may or may not bode well for the dry fly fishing but it should most definitely kick the streamer fishing into gear. This week we’ve been having some cloud cover in the morning and we’ve seen a difference in the their willingness to chase and eat a streamer.