Hoppertunities Abound! 7/20/2020


The fishing lately has been really fun, a good mix of nymphing, hoppers, and even a handful of streamers! Flows just dropped on The Mile and are still holding steady on Grey Reef and Fremont, but we do expect a drop in soon. The Weather has been in the low 90’s with some breeze in the afternoon which is a perfect storm for hopper fishing! If you haven’t experienced the hopper hatch on the Reef now is the time. We should have great dry fly fishing all the way into October!

The Rig: We’ve been fishing a really similar rig on all three tailwaters lately, an attractor up front like a Pat’s Rubber legs, Pine Squirrel Leech, or a san juan worm. We follow that up with a bead head fly like a Prince nymph, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Poxypack PMD, Demon Sally or a tung teaser. For the bottom, some form of emerger as been good, midges and tricos in the AM switching to sallies, caddis and PMD’s in the PM. We’ve been fishing 3-4.5 Ft indicator to weight with 1-3 “BB’s” as our weight. 3x leaders going to 4x tippet on the smaller flies.

Miracle Mile 2,000 CFS- Clarity is off on the mile due to the reservoirs turning over, but that hasn’t affected the fishing. While the Golden Stonefly hatch is all but done the PMD’s, and Caddis are in full swing. You can try to throw some hoppers along the banks but nymphing has definitely been producing more fish.The is some floating vegetation but it’s really not too bad, it gets more prevalent the closer you get to Pathfinder. Right now the last bit of current before you reach the reservoir is around Chalk Bluffs. Use caution when driving around down there the lake is dropping and leaving the banks really soft. It is very easy to get stuck in that black stinky mud!

Fremont/Cardwell 1,600 CFS- Clarity is also pretty green right now, again it hasn’t affected the fishing. Fish are in all the cool “fishy” spots: shelves, drop offs, riffles and seams. We don’t recommend venturing into the Canyon section right now with the water being so swift.

Grey Reef-Casper 3,600 CFS- The clarity is great on the Reef and gets slightly green as you get closer to Casper. There is some floating vegetation out there if you stick to fishing the faster water and banks it’s not too much of an issue. The best thing you can do is make a proper backcast and most of that stuff comes right off. The hopper fishing has been insane some days and okay on others. South Fork Chernobyl, More-or-less hoppers in purple, pink goldenrod and tan, and the donkey kong hopper have all been winners! We’ve also been throwing some sallies behind our hoppers like the Headlight Sally, #16 rubberleg Stimi, or a clownshoe Sally.

 

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Current conditions on the big three are as follows:

GREY REEF: 3,600cfs, clear from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge.  Mostly clear from Government Bridge to Casper.

MIRACLE MILE: 2,350cfs, clear.

FREMONT: 1,425cfs, clear.

Well, it has been a fantastic week in Central Wyoming.  With the exception of a few days, the weather has been nothing short of spectacular.  Very little wind, temps in the 80s and sun…doesn’t get much better than that.  As guide JJ Randolph would call it, we’ve officially entered the “glory days”.  So how’s the fishing?  Grey Reef is fishing well.  We are picking up some minor vegetation floating in the water column but thats pretty standard for this time of year.  Nymphing continues to be our most consistent method for catching fish.  Leeches and worms on the point, followed by a PMD dropper.  Pretty simple but it’s working.  We have moved to a shorter, lighter rig.  3.5-5ft and 1-2AB split shot.  We are even fishing this rig in the deeper spots.  Not quite our famed “mini rig” but we are most certainly getting the feeding fish, positioned in the middle of the water column.  If nymphing is not your program we are seeing some success throwing attractor dries and/or hoppers as well as streamers.  We do have a ridiculous number of hoppers this year in Central Wyoming and as our neighbors begin cutting their alfalfa fields, it will only get better.  Based on the dry conditions this season and a few other factors, we could have a little earlier start to hopper mania.  Onto the Mile…not to sound like a broken record but Pat’s rubber legs.  I know it’s been on our past few reports but it continues to work.  Our crew has yet to see large numbers of adults but there’s still a little bit of Seth’s snowdrift hanging on.  (19 year veteran NPL and TRFS guide Seth Kapust as a particular drift that he watches to gauge the height of the stonefly hatch.)  Big foam dries should be on the menu in the coming weeks.  Fremont continues to see a larger volumn of water than normal but it is fishing pretty well.  Again, as with past reports we are throwing bigger patterns; leeches, worms and crane flies.  Although, I wouldn’t be afraid to a throw big dry/dropper rig off the drops and inside seams…

 

The Report


The days are definitely getting longer and it looks like warmer days are on the horizon.  Really hard to believe that it is almost March!  As we start to make our way out of the “winter months”, I have to say things are looking pretty good.  Snow pack in the North Platte drainage is currently at 100+% and reservoir levels are in great shape (Seminoe 78% and Pathfinder 83%).  Based on those numbers it’s safe to say we are in pretty good water shape!  Per usual, we are currently on track for a mid-March flush for Grey Reef, tentatively slated for the 15-24 slot.  That being said, it is subject to change and as always we will keep you updated.

Current winter conditions on Grey Reef are as good as you can ask for.  The river is currently “floatable” from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge and with mild temperatures there is plenty of wade fishing to be had on the lower sections.  If you’ve been following us on instagram your probably aware of road closures to both Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile.  Conditions are improving but you still need to exercise extreme caution if you are considering heading that way.  Don’t hesitate to call us at the shop for updated road conditions. 307-232-9128

As for the general fishing report, we have been hitting the water every chance we can get.  We have had multiple guided trips over the past week and fishing has been solid as you would expect.  Pre-flush February and March can make for some tremendous streamer fishing and the nymphing has been a nothing short of spectacular.  Tan and/or olive on the streamer front, with the rusty trombone standing out as our number one producer.  If your in the nymphing mood you really can go wrong with the standards; pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, scuds(amber) and a PAL or rhinestone.  Fish these flies, find the appropriate length/weight and you should be in the fish!

NORTH PLATTE RIVER FLY FISHING REPORT 1/25/2020


Fishing has been great this week! Weekend temps look awesome, highs in the low 40’s and upper 30’s. Upper Grey Reef down to Lusby has opened and is floatable, we don’t know about anything lower than that. Shoulder season rates are going until March 14th $450 for a full day guided trip, 2 nights in a cottage and full day guided trip for $650
Fremont/cardwell is still at 500 CFS and will be there through mid February. They are doing warranty work on the power plant and are diverting the water through the meadow/canyon until they’re done. With this larger water focus your efforts on the slowest water you can find. Inside corners and tail outs have all been producing.
Miracle mile is also fishing well! The road out there is definitely passable, just be cautious of side roads. The drifts can be deceivingly bad. Fishing has been good nymphing, but especially with streamers. Keep your retrieve slow!
The BigHorn in Thermopolis fished great this week! Nymphing was solid with leeches, Annelids, and sow bugs. Streamer fishing was also productive, the olive peanut envy was our best fly. Fishing the slower flats with a fast retrieve on a sinking line worked best for us. We are offering a shoulder season special $475 for 1 day and $450/day for a multiple day trip!
Nymphs: BH Brassie, Flashbag Midge, Red Midge Larva, Juju Midge, leeches, Reef Worms, and Scuds.
Streamers: Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Kreelex, peanut Envy, DWFC Flash Minnow.
Dries: Brooks Sprout Midge, small Parachute Adams, Matt’s Midge, and a Griffiths Gnat.
As always if you want to book a trip or have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report 1/20/2020


What a good weekend of fishing, we hit all three tailwaters and they are all fishing great! Flows in Fremont Canyon have been bumped to 500 CFS, we don’t know how long this will last but it’s a fun time to fish the meadow. We would recommend fishing the meadow and not venturing into the canyon at these flows. Leeches were the ticket up there, you’ll have to fish heavier and deeper than you normally would. Focus on the slowest, deepest water you can find, the inside corners and tail-outs all held fish. Like we said leeches were hot but also try Reef Worms, Scuds ,and Midges, we didn’t try it but swinging a streamer that could be productive. We will get up there this week and give some streamers a try.

Grey Reef is still locked up with ice above Lusby, so stick to wade fishing for the moment. All of the deeper runs below the dam are wadable and fishing well. The Mile produced some nice fish yesterday swing streamers! The road wasn’t perfect, but definitely passable. Be wary of some of the side roads leading down to the river, there are some nasty drifts going into certain runs.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS

Miracle Mile- 550 CFS

Fremont/Cardwell- 500 CFS

Nymphs: BH Brassie, Juju Midge, PAL, Red Midge Larva, Macgruber Midge, Biot Emerger, UV Emerger, Flashbang Midge, Pine Squirrel Leech, Scuds, and Reef Worms.

Streamers: Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Kreelex, Peanut Envy, Dungeons, and DWFC Flash Minnows.

Dries: Small Parachute Adams, Griffiths Gnat, Matt’s Midge, and Brook’s Sprout Midge.

We are heading up to the Big Horn in Thermopolis tomorrow and will have a report coming up this week. We are running a shoulder season special up there, $475 for a full day guided trip!

If you have any questions or want to book a trip, stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128!

 

Good Weekend for Some Fishing! North Platte Fly Fishing Report


Fishing has still been consistently good on our tailwater sections of the North Platte and with rising temps this weekend has some great fishing opportunities! Looks like highs in the mid 30’s with lots of sun and not much of that “W” word. Grey Reef is still frozen over at the “Three Islands” section of braids above lusby but there are plenty of great wade fishing options to be had. We DO NOT recommend portaging your boat over ice!!! If you do want to float give us a call and take advantage of our shoulder season guide rates! We have private put boat ramps that still allow us to float the upper Grey Reef. The Mile and fremont, both, are accessible and have been fishing great!

Patterns and techniques are all pretty similar on all our sections of the North Platte right now. Most of the fish are holding in the deeper, slower runs and pools. Nymph a little deeper and heavier, anywhere from 4-6 Ft indicator to weight with 1-2 “BB’s” as your weight. With streamers keep the retrieve really slow or slowly swing your flies in the deep sections on the river. On the right day we are seeing some fish feeding on the surface, pick your fish and have a nice soft presentation.

Nymphs: BH Brassie, Flashbang Midge in red and black, Red Midge Larva, PAL, Zebra Midge in red, black and purple, Scuds in olive, tan and orange, Pine Squirrel leeches in brown, black and olive, and Reef Worms in both red and purple.

Streamers: Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Peanut Envys in black, olive, and white, Dungeons in natural and white, and the Kreelex.

Dries: Parachute Adams #20-22, griffiths Gnat, and Matt’s Midge.

As always if you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128!

Winter Time Fun! North Platte Fly Fishing Report


Things are getting cold around here, highs in the 20’s and lows in the teens. The Grey Reef is not floatable as of today, the river is frozen over just below Three Islands a mile or two above lusby. It is not advised to portage your boat over these frozen sections. That being said there are many great wade fishing options to be had right now!

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell 75 CFS- fishing has been solid up there, mostly nymphing but there have been some dry fly and streamer opportunities. Our top nymphs for up there are Flashbang midge, Red midge larva, Reef Worms, BH Brassies, and scuds in olive, tan, and orange. A griffiths gnat in #20 should fool those rising midge sippers this time of year.

Miracle Mile 500 CFS- As of right now the road from Alcova to the Mile is icy but open. Keep an eye on any winter storms, that road gets drifted pretty bad when it snows and blows. The fishing has been good out there, especially with a streamer. The goldie, rusty trombone, and the kreelex have been our top streamers. Keep that retrieve low and slow this time of  year.

 

Grey Reef 500 CFS- As we said the river should not be floated right now with it being frozen over in a few spots. We do have private take outs above the frozen sections and can still guide the reef though! The fishing has been great, we are seeing big, fat, healthy fish this winter that are fighting hard! Nymphing has been solid with Pine Squirrel leeches, rusty scuds, reef worms, macgruber midges, red midge larva, and flashbang midges. Focus your efforts on the bottom 2/3 of the run in the deeper, slower water. Streamers have also been picking up some nice fish. The Goldie, peanut envy in black, white, or olive, Dirty Water Fly Company flash minnows, and mini dungeons have all been producing!

 

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128

Don’t forget to ask about our shoulder season rates and packages! Fish the Reef and enjoy the lack of other fisherman in the Winter!!

 

Happy New Year! North Platte Fly Fishing Report


Winter fishing has been good! All three tailwaters are fishing great right now. As usual, nymphing has been producing, but we are finding a lot of nice fish that are willing to eat a streamer! The best days to fish in the wintertime are the sunny, calm days, keep an eye on the extended forecast and plan your trip around those nicer weather windows. Our top flies have been: Pine Squirrel Leech in black, natural and brown, Scuds in #14-18 orange, tan, and olive, Reef worms in #14-18 in red and purple, BH Brassie #18-22, Flashbang Midge in #18-20 black and red. and the Foamback Macgruber Midge #18-20. As far a streamers go the Kreelex, Rusty Trombone, and The Goldie have all been working well with a slower retrieve.

As always if you have any questions give us a call or stop by the shop!

Fishmas Time is Here! North Platte River Fly Fishing Report


We are now in the Christmas season, we hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We experienced a blizzard this past weekend but things are looking good for the week to come.Most roads have reopened, but there still are some slick spots on the highways. A good tool to check before you head up is  map.wyoroad.info to see the up-to-date road conditions. Temperatures will be in the mid-high 30’s everyday and the sun will be shining, a perfect time to get some fishing in!

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS- The fishing has been good up there and it hasn’t seen much fishing pressure lately. Small stuff is the key right now: BH Brassies, Jujubee midge, Macgruber Midge, Red Midge Larva, Scuds, and Reef worms all size #18-22. On the right day one can get some dry fly action with a griffths gnat or a small parachute adams. Pick your fish and get a nice soft presentation.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Typical Mile, some days have been good while others have been tough. That being said traveling out there is not advised right now. The road has some serious drifts and the cell phone service is spotty at best, not a place you want to get stuck!!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- As always the most consistent fishery we have. fishing has been good and there has hardly been anyone around. Most days you can have to the river to yourself! Nymphing has been solid with Macgruber Midges, Mayhem Midges, Brassies, Scuds, Pine Squirrel Leeches, Reef Worms, and flash bang midges. Focus on the deep slow tailouts, you might find some fish in faster water when the midges start hatching during the warmest part of the day. Streamers have also been getting ’em. The reef’s Goldie and Rusty Trombone have been our go-to’s. This time of year you really need to slow down your retrieve, the fish won’t want to chase some ripping by them too fast with the colder water temps.

If you have any questions give us a call or stop by the shop everyday from 8-2!

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report


It’s that time of year again, shoulder season rates are here and the fishing is great! Take advantage of $100 off of full day and 1/2 day trips, discounted lodging and lodging/guided fishing packages! Fishing remains good even after the the temps have dropped a bit. That being said there are plenty of days that have highs in the 50’s and little wind. Those days have had some incredible dry fly action with pods of fish rising all over the place. You can definitely throw a dry at these pods or another way to go is to  put a small streamer on and make one of the big boys come out and snatch it! This weekend’s weather looks pretty nice, good chance to get up here and get some November fishing in!

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fishing has been consistently good on the nymph rig, a shorter more suspended rig has been out producing the heavier longer ones. Reef Worms, pheasant tails, macgruber midge, Rs2’s, and leeches are all on the menu. The streamer bite has been good on some days, especially the overcast days. the vegetation is still present but definitely fishable!

Miracle Mile-500 CFS- The Mile has been fishing well even with a lot of pressure, it has been pretty crowded up there. Nymphing is solid with san juans, leeches, scuds,Pat’s Rubber legs, rs2’s, and midges. Swinging streamers is most of what we’ve been doing, the Kreelex, rusty trombone, goldie, and Peanut Envy’s have all been working well. This is true for all three tailwaters but please mind the redds out there, it’s best to just let the fish do their thing!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has been good from the dam to below Casper. Fishing seems to be the best during the warmest part of the day, that’s your best chance of seeing a baetis or pseudo hatch! When you see fish eating on the surface a well placed parachute adams in #18 is all you need. Streamer fishing has been solid as well. Slow swinging the goldie or kreelex in the deeper runs has been the most productive. Our go-to nymphs have been pheasant tails, flashbang midges, macgrubers, reef worms, leeches. and rs2’s!

As always of you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call!