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.
Another cold front brought more snow and bitter temperatures to Central Wyoming. Fortunately for us, temperatures will start climbing, starting tomorrow. We have definitely shifted into a wet pattern it seems like, which from a snowpack standpoint is a great thing. We will take it, especially in the upper drainage (Walden CO, Encampment WY, Saratoga WY).
Let’s start with a little Grey Reef FLUSH update. Still nothing firm but our resources tell us the Bureau of Reclamation will be performing a gate check at the end of March. That indicates the flush will follow after the gate check is complete. So, if it is to happen, we’d plan on something around the beginning of April and it should be somewhere between 5-10 days in length. As always, if we hear anything we will let everyone know.
As for the fishing, we have started to put a few more boats on the water in the past weeks. Conditions have been good, other than a brief warm-up last week that had the river blown-out at various locations starting upstream of Government Bridge. Obviously this most recent cold front has help with the run-off but locked the lower river back up with ice. As always the upper river from Grey Reef dam to Ledge Creek is clear and fishing well. Nymphs and streamers continue to be the name of the game. For our nymph rigs it’s been a mix of the following…pine squirrel leeches(brown or natural), reef worms, deep purples, mini san juans(red or purple), PALs, rhinestones and/or mayhems. Our rigs have been running between 4-7ft with 1-3 BB split shot. If your looking to strip a streamer, the petunia as been our go-to pattern as of late. With the low winter flows plan on fishing your streamer pattern on a floating, intermediate or very short/light sink-tip. There is no need for a really stout sink-tip or sinking line this time of year.
Well, the arctic blast has officially arrived in Central Wyoming. Overnight lows are expected to dip down around -10 degrees with a projected windchill to -30 degrees. Wow! This is without question the coldest weather of the 21-2022 winter season. With these colder temperatures, we would expect over the next couple of days for Upper Grey Reef to lock up in spots, so make sure to check-in with us if your thinking about floating.
TRFS guide Chris Scholtz was on the water yesterday with anglers, Dave and Nichols. They floated Upper Grey Reef and from the sounds of it, the fishing was pretty spectacular. Not really any bugs to speak of but the fish were more than happy to eat a red or purple san juan, a red or purple reef worm and/or a chocolate leech. 4-6 feet, one AB in the shallower run and two ABs in the deeper stuff. A pretty simple but effective rig we’d say.
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
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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.
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.
As we hit the middle of August Tricos are in full swing here on the Reef and the fishing is still great! We are seeing a very healthy Trico hatch from early in the morning until about 9-10am. If you’re nymphing black RS2s and Mayhem Midges have been the ticket. We haven’t been seeing too much surface action for the Trico hatch, but if you hit it on the right day you can have some shots at sipping trout. Throwing smaller mayfly patterns or trico specific flies might get these sippers to eat. As the day goes on PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, and Stoneflies have all been in the mix and productive. As was the case in early August, some sort of flashy bead head with an emerger off the back can’t really be beaten when nymphing. We have yet to see hopper action pick up, but that may mean just a later and greater season on that front. Of course we have to cover the topic of grass and weeds in the river as well because this time of year is when they really pop up. Surprisingly this year it isn’t that bad yet, but it seems like the grass is growing by the minute. The key to fishing when the weeds really come in is finding where channels open up and drifting your nymph rigs through there. Looking for faster current and deeper shelves where there grass doesn’t grow as high should be your target. Your first instinct may be to shorten up and lighten up in order to drift over the weeds, but you’d be surprised to see how many trout are actually living in the grass, making drifting a little bit deeper through the channels much more effective.
That’s all for this report, hopefully next report we will be able to give you all some good news about the hopper bite!
Summer in Central Wyoming is in full swing! As most of you know it’s been interesting for the Rocky Mountain West this year. Low snowpack, very little spring moisture-accompanied with hot and dry conditions. Not good! Lots and lots of earlier closures and hoot-owl restrictions have become a very popular theme. Fortunate for us, conditions on the North Platte remain good. Driving out to the shop and lodge last week, we took temperatures from Bessmer Bend to Grey Reef Dam. All temperatures were taken in the middle of the day and we are happy to report 62F or cooler at all locations. The water temperature below Grey Reef Dam was 55F, approximately. So, how’s the fishing? Somewhere between good and great, just depends on the day. PMDs, sallies, caddis and tricos are whats popping and the fish are keyed in. Your hard pressed to beat a BH of some sort with an RS2 dropper, if your running the nymph program. Hoppers? We are starting to see some fish look up for hoppers and that should only improve as we move later in the month. Streamers have been producing some big fish and some solid numbers depending on the float. Just last week we had a guest land a 30″ brown on the rusty trombone. Well folks, thats your current report. If you’re in the area stop in and see us!
While most of Wyoming and Colorado was hit by a major winter storm Alcova and Grey Reef hardly got an inch of snow! The roads are all opening up and the weather this weekend looks prime! Our cottages are full this weekend, but we still have guide availability. Please Call the shop for updated Miracle mile road reports.
The flush of Grey Reef is NOT happening this year due to a few different circumstances. Do not worry, the fishing has been and will remain good. We saw increased flows in October last year and that cleared out a ton of sediment and debris from the spawning areas. Honestly the fishing every year is usually the same pre flush as it is post flush. It’s just kind of a different and fun way to kick off to the season. We just beefed up our snowpack with the last storm and should hopefully be able to fill some of our reservoirs.
Flies: Fishing has been really good on all three tailwaters, conveniently the flies are similar for all of them. Leeches in brown, olive, natural #10, Reef Worms in red and purple #12-18, Scuds in olive, pink and orange #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-18, Mayhem Midges black and purple #18-20, All day May in olive #18, PAL #16-20, and Rhinestone in #18-20 have all been great patterns the past few weeks!
Flows: Flows are low and will stay that way for the next few weeks. The only change we are supposed to see is Grey Reef go back up to 500 CFS from 400CFS
Grey Reef-400 CFS
Miracle Mile-500 CFS
Fremont canyon- 72 CFS
If you have any questions feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call!