The Winter Program


First things first, here is our winter schedule for the shop.

CURRENT SHOP HOURS:

Thursday-Monday: 8AM-1PM

Tuesday and Wednesday: CLOSED

A quick little fishing report for you folks.  It’s pretty much winter in Central Wyoming.  Flows are down to winter levels and we are starting to see some slush ice on lower sections of Grey Reef.  Nymphing and streamers have been the way to go on Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon.  Various scud patterns, rhinestones, PALs, reef worms, leeches and mayhems have been our top producers.  The most productive nymphing water has been the mid to lower sections of the runs.  Some fish are definitely starting to hunker into their winter patterns.  Streamers (i.e. Rusty T and/or a Goldie) have been producing some nice fish, just remember to slow down your strip with the colder water temperatures.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


First things first, we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  The fly shop will be CLOSED today and tomorrow to celebrate the holiday with our families.  We will reopen on Friday at 7am.  For Black Friday(IN STORE ONLY) we will be knocking 30% off all apparel and hats, along with a few other special items at discount.  If you are in the area feel free to stop by.  We’d love to see you!

It’s Coming


After what has been arguably the nicest fall in history, it’s finally starting to turn a little here in Central Wyoming.  The past week has given us some pretty big wind, temperature swings and a little snow mixed in.  Like it, love it or hate it…it is about time.  Well then, how’s the fishing?  It’s been good!  Our crew has been spending a bulk of their time on Grey Reef.  Water conditions on Grey Reef are excellent, with fishable water from the Dam to Glenrock.  That’s a pile of water!  Streamer’s have been the name of the game as of late.  We love throwing an intermediate line(airflow fast intermediate) this time of year. It’s our go-to line for the low/clear water in the fall and winter months.  A single articulated streamer or two smaller single-hook patterns seem to be the ticket.  Our go-to streamers have been a rusty-t, petunia, goldie and/or a kreelex. Keep in mind with the colder weather and water temperatures dropping, you might need to slow down your strip.

In other fishing news, Kortes road from Alcova to the Miracle Mile is open.  As far as the fishing goes, it has been really windy but the fishing has been pretty good.  Our nymph rig has been 5-6ft with a worm, olive scud and/or a pheasant tail.  Streamers have been working as well.  A floating line with a 7-8ft leader, tethered to something white has been the ticket (I.E. goldies and white dungeons).

Well, winter is coming.  With that in mind, make sure to check both the weather and road conditions when venturing out.  Especially those of you headed to the Mile.  Stay safe and don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions.

Spring Time In Wyoming


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.

Current Flows:

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.

Post Flush and Kortes Rd Closure


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.

More Snow, More Cold


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.

 

Cold Snap


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.

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

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.