Grey Reef Fishing Report

Central Wyoming fly fishing conditions are variable at the moment. A week of warm and dry conditions in the Casper and Alcova, Wyoming area have the river ice breaking up and the snow pack loosening. Grey Reef is currently fishing very well below Grey Reef Dam but feeder streams are adding mud above and below. The drainage behind The Reef Fly Shop started to run enough to start to muddy Grey Reef Reservoir late this morning. We doubt this will have catastrophic impact on fishing the upper reach of the lower North Platte River but Ledge Creek is adding quite a bit of mud 3 miles down will cause a problem. Bear Creek is moving and Bates is chugging pretty good. The ice has cleared on almost all of the North Platte River until just above Sechrist Access. This should be gone in the next couple days. A healthy melt won’t be a terrible thing. We had some groups take advantage of the cottages this weekend and they are getting pretty booked for springtime so get your plans solidified and reserve a spot!

Grey Reef Road has begun another transformation. The old brown barn at The Reef Fly Shop is being converted/renovated/rebuilt and will be a cool gathering spot within the next couple weeks. Just another way to chill, in a great location,  when you aren’t on the river. Shop party will be announced as we have a completion date set.

What is Grey Reef lodging, cottages, cabins or RV sites? Are they 8,15, 20 or 30 miles downstream of Grey Reef Dam? Or are they at Grey Reef, just above and below Grey Reef Dam and the only lodging,cabins, cottage, RV sites and fly shop? Ours are the only operation actually at Grey Reef.



Grey Reef Spring Flush

SPRING FLUSH FOR THE GREY REEF section of the North Platte River is tentatively starting March 10th. They are shooting for a 10 day flush. Grey Reef must have little ice for the G & F to give the go-ahead. Casper, Wyoming Game and Fish field office provided this info.

Fly Fishing around Alcova, Wyoming yesterday was BEAUTIFUL! Grey Reef weather forecast on Friday was calling for big winds on Saturday although Friday’s winds didn’t materialize either. Yesterday was calm and Grey Reef and Fremont Canyon fished excellent. Miracle Mile fishing report was blank as I didn’t receive word on roads or fishing conditions. Grey Reef floating conditions are good to Government Bridge but still locked up before Sechrist. Things should be loosened up with our warm conditions all this week. Bear Mountain and the ridges above Grey Reef are becoming sparse of snow and may be positive for limited run off. Our upper North Platte River snowpack is near 130% and if we hold that we will be in for a great water year.

Remember, when floating below Government Bridge the left side of the river is BLM or Wyoming State Lands all the way below the Gray Cliffs. The right side is private (our lease and not available for public trespass) until you get to the big white house on river right. There is a blue G & F sign that marks the property. The river has a 50′ permanent public access on ALL private properties on river right until you get to the 2nd set of back channels at the Gray Cliffs(red sign). The land surrounding By The Way is available for PUBLIC ACCESS on river right despite what you may have read about it being exclusive private access. Immediately below that property we also have private access but it doesn’t limit public trespass 50′ above the high water mark. You can wade and drop anchor on ground that we have access to (that piece ends at Bates Creek). The next land owner also has a 50′ easement on the portions below the Wyoming State land surrounding Bates Creek until you see that red sign on the right side at Gray Cliffs. If you have ANY questions regarding what is and what isn’t public or if private has public easements give me a call. I will be happy to explain the trespass situation to you. There is a lot more public access on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River than you might realize. Although there is limited public access on the most desirable upper 13 miles of Grey Reef. We have exclusive private access most of the right side from Grey Reef boat ramp to Government Bridge and some of the left. Crazy Rainbow has a pretty good chunk of the left side that totals about 1/3 of our total access. We are the 2 outfitters to offer meaningful private access. Crazy Rainbow and North Platte Lodge are the only outfitters to offer private boat ramps with a true advantage over other private ramps…meaning they that aren’t within a 1/2 mile or less of public ramps.  Same goes for Grey Reef lodging and cabins. Nobody can touch our location. Be careful what you believe.

Fly Fishing Casper Wyoming

Fishing conditions in Casper, Wyoming and upstream to Grey Reef, Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile are not favorable to the angler. The fish are having a great time but air temps this morning are still -10*. However, our temp at Grey Reef is forecast to be 32* today…big turnaround huh? With this will come stout Wyoming wind but this isn’t bad for the angler. The warm winds will fast track a thaw and Grey reef and Miracle Mile will be prime for the fishing once again. Standard winter nymph rigs of scuds, leeches, worms and midge patterns will keep your arm uncomfortable. Streamers, while not going to attract as many fish, will attract high quality trout. The Reef Fly Shop is open and has the Galloup’s patterns as well as our custom flies, like the young classic the Goldie, will give your reel a little exercise.

Have you checked out Casper, Wyoming lately? There are some exciting things happening with cool events and projects on the horizon. The Platte River Revival along with the City of Casper and Wyoming Business Council have funded a large scale effort to restore North Platte River fish habitat within the Casper, Wyoming city limits. This means creating runs and riffles that trout need. Casper has also stepped up to the plate with better dining options and a coming convention center and upscale hotel on the banks of the North Platte River and in downtown Casper. There is a slowly changing trend and the days of “let her deteriorate” are passing us by, thankfully! Excellent fishing, a whitewater park and greenbelt along the river already exist but are improving all the time.

Coming attractions to the Casper, Wyoming area.

~Fly Fishing Film Tour: This event has sold out the past couple years and is gathering more steam. Come visit us at the meet and greet prior to the show. Beer vendors and our popular BuffTrout, The Reef Fly Shop, logo gear will be available.

~Casper Mountain Sled Dog races THIS WEEKEND! Such a cool event that raises a pile of money for local charity. These dogs are animals! Ha.

~Casper Chase Nordic Ski Race coming the first weekend of March. If you didn’t know Casper, Wyoming boasts an amazing Nordic facility. Groomed daily, big log lodge, lights for night skiing and too many miles of trails. Also in the works is an Olympic biathlon facility. Rob Rosser, Olympic Biathlete  Nagano ’98, is the coach of the US Para Olympic biathlon team and is spearheading the development.

~Fat Bike Races and Demos put on by the guys at Fat Fish Racing. They are responsible for the popular local mountain bike race series. Details coming soon but the first race planned is an Enduro with downhill being the timed event…yes Fat Bike Enduro! There will be an eliminator and an cross country race that will be preceded by snowshoe events. If you can’t catch the fat bike series, make sure to bring your mountain bike and explore local mountain bike trails or summer cross country races between casts. There is also a cyclecross series for slop season enthusiasts.


Grey Reef Angling Report

Winter Wyoming fly fishing at its best. Grey Reef is fishing very good with nymph rigs and streamer rigs. Nymphs are very consistent and the streamer activity fluctuates from good to very good. The North Platte River was slushy below Government Bridge yesterday and fully iced at the Narrows. Expect portions of  upper Grey Reef to freeze over with our approaching chilly front. It will be below zero tomorrow eve with a high a couple degrees below zero on Wednesday. Wednesday night will be -10* or so. Thursday and Friday also look chilly.

Grey Reef Fly Fishing Report

Fly fishing Grey Reef was a tough proposition yesterday. Winds over the North Platte River Valley were nuking. Of course, Jackson was in the midst of a huge snow event…that’s how it works. We had a little rain last night and this AM is calm. We do have guide boats on the water today and will get a report as soon as possible. In the meantime a standard nymph rig with a scud, leech, worm and midge is a slam dunk. 6-8′ leaders and a bit of weight. Slow deep tailouts and seems are the place to concentrate most of your efforts. But, as the hatch is in full swing snug up into the drops and riffles. A slow retrieve on a streamer rig has also been good. Keep the streamer low and level!

Spring is fast upon us and we are expecting our typical excellent fishing. Call 307.237.1182 if you are interested in a full lodge package, cottages or guided fly fishing. Our early season specials run through March 31st. Day trips are $350, a day trip and one night in a cottage is $450, two nights one day is only $525. Plus you get 17 miles of exclusive Grey Reef fishing access and an awesome location/accommodations.

We are offering bed and breakfast specials at the North Platte Lodge for early season. If you are bringing a group and all want to be in one location(the best) we can take take care of you regardless if you are fishing with us or not or not fishing at all. Our facility makes a great corporate retreat.

Wyoming Fly Fishing Report

The Grey Reef crew worked them yesterday. North Platte River was warm and bluebird with a little wind but the fishing was very good. No new news on the bugs of choice EXCEPT you should check out a few of our patterns newly released for sale in the shop. The Mayhem Midge comes to mind. These new patterns combine elements of simplicity, durability and the things that we love about FLY  FISHING. So much fun to learn about the nature and behavior of trout and go outside the box. Fish pushing into unusual areas and continually suspending very high in the water column to take advantage of the hatch. We like flies that will preform from the bottom to the film and everything in between.

It appears the Wyoming Fishing Regulations may have been amended to make enforcement of pinned bead/snagging rigs much easier. We will see how this plays out?

North Platte Lodge has a few very nice April availabilities. April is arguably the most desirable month on Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Call for dates and package prices.

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report

Yesterday was quiet on Grey Reef despite very nice conditions. Today is touch windy over the Alcova region. We will have guides on the water today and will post their findings as they report.

Grey Reef Fishing Report

Grey Reef fishing was very good yesterday. Report from the guides was consistent and non-stop activity. Just how we like it. Alcova received a couple inches of snow overnight but not enough to cause concern. Wyoming HWY 220 is slick but that should be remedied with a little sun this AM. No fishing report from Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon yesterday but there is no reason for those to be less than great. Our off season Grey Reef fishing and lodging packages are a great inexpensive getaway…not to mention the fishing in the winter is generally excellent. Quiet and peaceful is the upper North Platte River during the winter months.

Grey Reef Fishing Report

Grey Reef is expecting a little snow over the next 24 hours so will be prime fishing conditions. Dropping pressure generally accompanies calm conditions and excited fish. The North Platte River is open and floating the upper is good to go. This weekend is looking very nice and we do have a cottage still available. Same winter rigs as always and on calm days the midges hatch brings them to the surface. The dry fly fishing is finicky but a great challenge. Miracle Mile fly fishing is productive and the roads are currently in good shape. Fremont Canyon is also fishing well and well worth the quick trip up there.

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Follow us on our journey to compliment Grey Reef’s amazing fishing and scenery with amazing accommodations.

The lodge has always been the benchmark…but for 2013 it will be even better. Now you can bring your family to Grey Reef and experience all it has to offer. We will have exceptionally nice cottages to serve as base camp for all of your adventures. You spend a couple days with the guides from North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop while the rest of the family splashes around in Alcova Reservoir at Sandy Beach. OR explores the dinosaur trail at Cottonwood Beach. Don’t miss a walk along the rim of Fremont Canyon or circumnavigate Independence Rock and read the names of the brave emigrants who traveled the Oregon Trail over 150 years ago. Casper has museums, shopping and outdoor activities. Hike or Bike the Bridle Trail and hang out by Garden Creek Falls. Both Casper Mountain and Muddy Mountain feature lots of single track for mountain biking or hiking. Catch a movie, have a nice meal and grab some groceries in Casper before returning to your private cottage overlooking Grey Reef. Or skip the meal and prepare a gourmet spread in the upscale kitchen.
Grey Reef is so much more than amazing trophy trout fishing…