Miracle Mile Fly Fishing and a Little Reality Check


Stiff-arming a Miracle Mile Chunk   (Photo by NPL Guide Josh Stevens)

Miracle Mile is a short tail water section of the the North Platte River that is arguably the most recognized piece of fly fishing water in the state of Wyoming. The “Mile” as it is commonly known, is actually 5 to 8+ miles long depending on the level of Pathfinder Reservoir. The term Miracle Mile was coined by Curt Gowdy who was a well-known sportscaster for NBC and ABC Sports during the 1960s and 1970s. The Reef Fly Shop is the nearest operation to Miracle Mile and we frequent this remote area in Carbon County. Wade fishing trips to Miracle Mile were some of the first guide assignments for North Platte Lodge in 1998, and current staff floated the Mile in their sweet yellow Aire Super Puma and cheap Sevylor K-79 inflatable kayak beginning in the early 1990s. We’ve been around a little while.

Don’t get us wrong, we love Miracle Mile and for the same reasons that it enjoys infamy. It is a good fishery with quality trout, it is remote, has lots of public access, it is easy to drive right to any run, has plenty of camping options, it fishes year round and oozes some lawless anonymity. Much of the public allure however, comes only from the name and lore.

GREY REEF   If we had to choose it would be Grey Reef and none of the area fisheries would be a close second…not even Miracle Mile. Grey Reef for trophy class fish (25″), Grey Reef for dry fly, Grey Reef for high-volume fishing, Grey Reef for novice angler’s success, Grey Reef for angling diversity and response to hatches, Grey Reef for fish population and shear productive river mileage, Grey Reef for accessibility, Grey Reef for less fishing traffic and congestion.

Miracle Mile can be a shit show, especially in the fall. Please let us be on Grey Reef during a blizzard, big wind event or gulley washer. The Mile is better than most fisheries but can’t compete with the consistency of Grey Reef. It has some huge fish but we target trophy trout at Grey Reef for a reason. Miracle Mile is lackluster for dry fly except the short Golden Stonefly hatch, Miracle Mile has more midstream structure and heavier water making it more difficult for less experienced anglers and the wading is a lesson in expecting a swim. Miracle Mile has almost no edge structure and is 800′ higher elevation than Alcova. Again, we love Miracle Mile and it will always be part of our program but it is evident from conversations we’ve had with folks over the past couple decades that their interpretation is mostly misguided due to lack of really understanding the contemporary reality of Miracle Mile.

 

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!

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

Flush Fishing is ON!


Fishing has been just on fire during the flush! We have had boats out this past week doing everything from riding the “wave” down to wade fishing after the flows drop. The fish are pumped up and on the feed. Leeches, scuds, and worms are all on the menu. The flush will continue through Wednesday the 21st and be back to normal on 3/22.

Fremont- 75 CFS No flush up here so stick your normal fare up here. Midges, annelids, and a few leeches. The PAL, LAZY, and flashbang midge have all go-to patterns. On the right day the streamer fishing has also been good, thin mints, near nuff sculpin, and the rusty trombone have been our best flies.

Miracle Mile 1,000 CFS The flows are up here, but they are not flushing the river. The flows should stay at 1,000 CFS until the end of the month. Leeches, san juans, otters eggs, and the all day may are working well! Swinging streamers like the goldie or the rusty trombone has also been getting some big fish!

Grey Reef- 4000-500 CFS- The Reef has been seriously good, focus all of you attention of the softer edges and slower water. We’ve been running 4.5-6 ft indicator to weight with a “BB” and a “B” as the weight. UV Leeches, HH Leeches, Impalers, reef worms, San Juan worms, and scuds have all been money!

As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or drop us a line!

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Fall Fishing at its Finest!


Fishing has been excellent the past few weeks with great fish being caught on dries, streamers, and nymphs! Flows are all down to their winter levels. Weather looks great the next few days, highs in the 50’s, lows in the 30’s. There has been little to no crowds on the river, especially mid-week. Fish have been smashing dry flies on the right days, tricos in the morning with psuedos and baetis coming off strong in the afternoon.

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Nymphing has been solid all day with fish looking up for a dry fly at certain times of the day. Prince nymphs, Rs2’s, PAL’s, and  Zebra Midges all picking up fish. A Parachute Adams has been our best dry fly, size #16 or #18. Streamers have also been working on the more overcast days, a rusty trombone or articulated goldie have been the go-tos.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there, San Juan worms, Prince nymphs, pheasant tails, tailwater tinys, and rs2’s have been our best flies. The road is actually in good condition, as always that can change with some nasty weather.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has been great from the Reef all the way below Casper. Fish have really been looking up throughout the whole river system. Parachute Adams have been the go-to pattern. There are weeds on the upper section but it is still plenty fishable. The weeds do dissipate as you get further down river. San Juans, Prince nymphs, Pulsating emergers, real deal point fly, and RS2’s are the flies to have, we are running anywhere from 3-5′ indicator to weight with a “b” or a “bb” as your weight.

As Always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or give us a call with any questions!

 

dry fly time!


The warm weather has brought with it more prolific hatches. The Tricos have started to grow in numbers each morning. We are still seeing plenty of PMDs, Caddis, and Yellow Sallies. Throughout the day changing up patterns should yield more fish. Tricos and midges right off the bat. Then moving to PMD patterns. And lastly moving to Yellow Sallie patterns.

Miracle Mile- 1000 CFS. The PMDs are coming off in big numbers! You might see a residual stone, but I would put more focus on the PMDs and Caddis. Pat’s Rubber Legs, Poxyback PMD, Split back PMD, PSL, Rusty RS2, and the All Day May have been the go to’s.

Fremon/Cardwell- 400 cfs. The flows have come down and bit, but hasn’t effected the fish. With flows dropping water temps have started coming up and that is making the bugs pop! PMDs and Caddis are the big hatches with Tricos starting to make their presences. Throwing Para Adams, Purple Rooster, and Renegade on the surface in some of the slower moving water has been good. Midge larva, poxyback PMD, Split Case PMD, Hares Ear, PT, and Rusty RS2 are great nymphing patterns.

Grey Reef- 2500 CFS. The dry fly action has picked up the past few days! a Single dry or dry dropper close to the bank has been doing well. Lots of fish are now in the shallows looking for that easy meal. Tricos have started to come off in the mornings followed by PMDs and Sallies. If you are looking to throw some dries Para Adams, Purple Rooster, Renegade, and GS Trico are some great patterns. Hares ear, PT, Poxyback PMD, Mayhem Midge, UV midge, soft hackle Sallie, and Rusty RS2 are the go to nymph patterns.

Also Central Wyoming is under a fire ban. No campfires, charcoal grills, or smoking outside of a vehicle.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give the shop a call! 307-232-9128

Flows on the rise!


All 3 tailwaters saw a bump in flows! Tuesday started the rise in flows. Its looking like we should see a plateau for the weekend as the reservoirs are filling up. Currently Pathfinder is at 95%, Alcova is at 98%, and Grey Reef Reservoir is at 94%. The warm weather this week has really accelerated the melting.

Grey Reef- 4000 cfs

Fremont- 1800 cfs

Miracle Mile- 4500 cfs

Our guides have been using a meat and potatoes rig. Red or purple San Juan worms, Reef Worms in red or purple, PSL leech patterns in brown, natural, or black, and emerger patterns such as RS2 foam post and Mayhem Midge. Rigs have been running anywhere between 4-6 ft weight to indicator, and 2 BBs or 1 3/0 for your split shot. Look for the slower moving water on the seams or fishing towards the banks. The big water years bring out some of the best fishing and an opportunity to catch a trout of a lifetime! For those of you who haven’t heard we added 3 new Hyde Skiffs to our rental fleet!  So, if you don’t feel like hauling your boat around we have you covered!

As always if you have any questions do not hesitate to call the shop! 307-232-9128

Winter Fishing Report- Grey Reef, Fremont, and Miracle Mile


Fishing has been excellent the past few weeks! We’ve got some warm temps coming up in the ten day forecast and we are excited! Like we have said before, a little bump in water temperature can really get some big fish moving around and feeding. Nymphing and streamers both have been producing good fish and lots of them.

TRFS guides Lee and Eric went out the week and did well in the “Junk Hole” using streamers and nymphs. 6 feet indicator to weight and 2-3 b’s for weight with a red Reef Worm and the Reef’s LAZY below was the ticket for them. For streamers they were throwing The Reef’s Goldie on a Fast intermediate line and stripping it in really slow.

Miracle Mile has been fishing great with streamers and nymphs as well. Do not go the back way through sinclair to get out there. Numerous people have been stuck out there this past week. Good flies right now are Zebra midges, Reef worms, leeches, and scuds.The Goldie, as usual, has been our go-to streamer out there.

Fremont canyon has been fishing okay, still fishing pretty good but not quite as good as the reef or the mile. Reef worms and various midge patterns, like the rhinestone or the PAL, have been our best flies out there lately.

Don’t forget about our Off season special! Now – March 15th 2 Nights in one of our cottages and 1 day of guided fishing for 2 guests for only $600! Come see what fishing the Reef in February is all about, Hungry fish and no crowds! For booking or any other questions stop by the shop or drop us a line at 307-232-9128

North Platte Thanksgiving Week Fishing Report


It’s finally starting to feel like November and the fishing is good! With some weather rolling in this week we should start seeing those nice cloudy days that all streamer fisherman have been waiting for. Fishing has been good on all three tailwaters, with Grey Reef and Miracle Mile being the best options.

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fish has been good on some days and not so good on others. Smaller midge patterns has been the most consistent. Dead drifting leeches has also been good especially in the pocket water.

Grey Reef-500 CFS- The weeds have really started to clear out this past week and we’re consistently catching good fish. Fishing has been excellent in the mornings and tapering off some in the afternoons. Pine squirrel leeches, Hot Head leeches, and scuds followed up by a midge pattern (Reef’s PAL or Zebra midges in various colors) have all been good bugs. We’re fishing on the deeper and heavier side 4-6 ft indicator to weight with 1-3 B’s has been a good set up.

Miracle Mile-500 CFS- Fishing has remained good out at the Mile, it has been crowded though, especially on the weekends. The streamer bite has been off and on, cloudy days are your best bet for streamers, but the nymphing has been consistently good. Leeches, scuds, egg patterns, pats rubber legs, and midges have all been getting nice fish. Watch out for any Redds out there, make sure you don’t step on any. It’s best to leave those fish alone.

This week especially it is good to think about all of the things we are thankful for, 2016 has been a great year for us and that’s because of you. All of our guests that stopped by the shop, went on trips, stayed in the lodge or cottages, you guys made our year great. Thank You. Oh and big brown trout, we are very thankful for them as well!

Don’t forget our Off-Season specials! As always if you have any questions feel free to stop by the shop or drop us a line.

OFF SEASON SPECIAL RATES

November 15th – March 15th

Cottages $140/night

Full Day Guided Fishing Trip – $375

Half Day Guided Fishing Trip – $300

Miracle Mile Trip – $400

1 day guided fishing and 1 night in a Cottage – $500

1 day guided fishing and 2 nights in a Cottage – $600

 

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North Platte Fishing Report- Grey Reef, Miracle Mile, and Fremont Canyon


Fall fishing is here! Though the dry fly fishing has tapered off a little bit the streamer fishing has picked up. Our guides have had some great streamer days recently. Streamers on the smaller side in black, olive, or grey have been the ticket, the Thin Mint is a great fly right now. The weather has been very mild with highs in the 60’s and it looks to stay that way for the next week or so. Be sure to check the bottom of this post for our off season cottage and fishing specials!

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good in the meadow and the canyon, with some days being better than others. Small and grey seems to be the ticket up there right now. The reefs PULS emerger or a grey mayhem midge have been great trailer flies; pair those with a Bead head pheasant tail or hare’s ear above. Depth and weight are a big factor, start with a lighter, shorter rig and get deeper and heavier if needed.

Miracle Mile-500 CFS- Fishing has been consistently good and the crowds have seemed to drop off a little bit.. Leeches, San Juans, hare’s ears, and RS2’s have been our top bugs. Fishing anywhere from 2’-6’ indicator to weight with a bb as the weight.  We are seeing a few browns caught out there, be sure to watch out for any redds and stay off of them.

Grey Reef- Casper 500 CFS- The weeds are dissipating and the fishing has been great! Fishing around 3′-5′ indicator to weight with 1-3 #4 size weights with a #18 BH hare’s ear above a #18-20 Chocolate RS2 has been getting it done. The Reef’s PAL has also been a go-to. The streamer bite has also picked up, look for those nasty cloudy days for your best streamer fishing.

OFF SEASON SPECIAL RATES

November 15th – March 15th

Cottages $140/night

Full Day Guided Fishing Trip – $375

 Half Day Guided Fishing Trip – $300

Miracle Mile Trip – $400

1 day guided fishing and 1 night in a Cottage – $500

1 day guided fishing and 2 nights in a Cottage – $60014925760_1243134312426576_1630384711758057108_n

If you have any questions or would like to book a trip stop by the shop or drop us a line, hope to see everyone up here enjoying this fall fishing soon!