Grey Reef / North Platte River Fishing Report

The weather keeps throwing us a curve this summer.  Torrential downpours  have the lower river (below Lusby) quite muddy again.  About the only game in town is the reef or the Miracle Mile.  Here on Grey Reef, not much has changed with fly patterns.  The PMD’s and Sallies are hatching daily and if you are lucky enough to be in the right water the fishing is borderline ridiculous.  With the increase in flows the streamer bite has been good as well. Goldies, Sex Dungeons and Sparkle minnows are all producing.  Flows have remained fairly stable on the Miracle Mile and the dry / dropper action is heating up.  Large stonefly patterns like a Chubby Chernoble  or a Stimulator with a Twenty incher or a Pat’s Rubber legs dropper is doing the job when thrown to with willow lined banks above the bridge.  Nymphing with a golden stone pattern is probably the most productive if you are after sheer numbers of fish, but who can resist casting a 3 inch dry fly and having a large brown eat it off the surface?  Flows are stuck at 600 cfs at Fremont Canyon and the fishing is getting better with each passing day.  The Cardwell section is probably your best bet at these water levels.  Fly selection should mirror the patterns used on the reef.  Hopefully we will be in a drier weather pattern this week and the lower river will clean up.  Keep your fingers crossed!