More Snow


It seems this year we are staying a little more consistent on the snow.  Southern and Central Wyoming has been seeing storm systems at least once, if not two times a week.  Snow pack in the North Platte drainage is anywhere from 116%-165%.  That’s pretty darn good if you ask us. Hopefully we continue to keep piling it on!

Now let’s talk about the conditions and the fishing…

Current Flows:

Grey Reef: 450cfs (*Floatable from Grey Reef Dam to Lusby.)   

Fremont Canyon: 76cfs  

Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/- (*As always this time of year use caution if you are thinking about venturing to the Mile.  Make sure to check with someone local and be prepared.)

What flies are working?  Here’s Mason Bouffard’s top pick nymphs….

PALs, rhinestones, leeches(brown, natural, UV brown and hot head) scuds(amber, orange and olive), reef worms and mayhems.

Remember to concentrate on the lower half of the run.  If the water looks deep and slow, fish it!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!


We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year.  Here’s to 2023!  Well, we are starting the year off right in Central Wyoming.  As we write this little report we are on the backend of a two day snow event that has taken snowpack above 120% in the entire North Platte River drainage.  We like it!

Otherwise things are good here, just getting dialed in for the upcoming season.  Before this latest storm the weather was pretty nice and we actually had a few boats on the water to round out the year.  When you get the weather windows the fishing has been pretty solid!  So here’s an updated conditions/fishing report for all of you winter anglers…

Current Flows:

Grey Reef: 450cfs  

Fremont Canyon: 76cfs  

Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/- (*As always this time of year use caution if you are thinking about venturing to the Mile.  Make sure to check with someone local and be prepared.)

Top Flies:

Nymphs: amber scud, ray charles(tan), rhinestone, PAL, pine squirrel leech(brown or natural), mayhem midge(black), reef worm, hot head pine squirrel leech(chartreuse and black)

Streamers: rusty-t, articulated goldie, goldie w/ a pine squirrel leech trailer

 

 

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.

Feels a Little Like Fall


Cool and rainy this morning in Central Wyoming.  Not gonna lie, it feels pretty good!  We are officially at the midpoint of September and we are right where we are supposed to be.  Flows on Grey Reef are at 500cfs, Miracle Mile 530cfs and Fremont is holding steady at 75cfs.  Everything is fishing well, actually really well.  Water temperatures have dropped to a more comfortable level and conditions, especially on Grey Reef, are primo.

Pretty standard when we see the drop in flows, Grey Reef is running very clear and the vegetation is far less of a hinderance.  That being said, it has been buggy and the fish are looking up.  Huge trico numbers in the morning and pseudos in the afternoon.  Our Grey Reef guides have pretty much been rowing around looking for heads.  A little longer leader, tethered to 4X or 5X with a single dry (i.e. para adams, trico spinner), or a double fly rig with something a little bulkier (i.e. X caddis) with a trico spinner dropper. If dry fly fishing isn’t your thing, you can still catch them on trusty nymph rig.  Our go-to nymphs have been PALs, RS2 foam-wings in black and grey, pheasant tails, Pat’s rubber legs and/or a black two-bit hooker.  Our nymph rigs have been between 3-6ft in length and anything from no weight to 1-2BB split shot.  It really just depends on the type of water you are fishing.

On The Drop


We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable labor day weekend!  Based on our sources we have been told Grey Reef will start dropping this week, it may even start today.  Fortunately it looks like we will be out of this blistering heat wave by weeks end as well.  Our guide staff has been diligent about taking water temperatures and we have chosen to go-to early starts and early offs until the cool weather shows up this weekend.  This mornings forecast shows highs in the 50s with lows in the 30s on Saturday.  That’s gonna feel good!

With the anticipated drop in flows we are expecting a pretty strong uptick in trico/pseudo activity and the fish feeding on them.  So you’ll definitely want to keep the dry fly rod handy.  Currently our guides are looking for heads in the morning then switching over to nymphs later on.  4-6ft, 1-3 BBs tethered to a leech, cranefly, Pat’s rubber legs and dropped with a small pheasant tail or foam wing RS2.  A pretty straight forward rig!

Baetis and Big Stuff


Fishing is good!  We have great water conditions from Grey Reef to Glenrock, with flows still hovering around 500cfs.  If your heading to upper Grey Reef, baetis are the featured menu item.  RS2 foam-wings, Barr’s emerged, split case BWO, big bear baetis, real deal point fly are a few of the patterns you need to have in your box.  Make sure to vary your length/weight depending on the type of water you are in.  Also, don’t hesitate to go to the mini-rig when the bugs are popping.  If your looking to get out and throw some larger flies, you might want to head to the lower river.  Water conditions are primo and water temps are in the 50s.  The big fish are fired up!  You are hard pressed to beat a rusty or an articulated goldie but as was the case yesterday black was the color.  So make sure you have some darker color streamers with you.

Weather Window


Well, the weather has started to really shape up in Central Wyoming.  Yeah we know, it’s winter but over the past several weeks we have had some beautiful days.  If you follow us on social media you’ve seen that we are officially back on the water.  It’s hard to believe that it is time to start ramping up for another season.  Shop orders will start arriving in the coming weeks.  That means new patterns, a FULLY stocked fly bin, new gear and more.

So, as for the current North Platte fly fishing report…flows are low and steady and the fishing is solid!  Grey Reef is currently at 450cfs, Fremont Canyon 72cfs, and Miracle Mile is hovering around 530cfs.  And everyone is running nice and clear.  Nymphing and streamers are the name of the game but with the right conditions and a midge hatch we are seeing a few fish on top.  Nymph rigs for this time of year are 4-7ft, 1-3B shot…it really just depends on the type and depth of water you are in.  Of course the most popular flies to date are as follows; pine squirrel leeches(natural/brown/black), reef worms, PALs, rhinestones, brassies and mayhems.  If you go the streamer route a short sink tip or an intermediate line tethered to an articulated goldie or a rusty should do the trick.

Let’s hope we keep getting some windows of nice weather and when we do, give us a shout and take advantage of our offseason  day trip/cottage packages. 307-232-9128

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

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.

Trico Time!


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!