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!
It happens every year, without question. The vegetation(mainly a species from the genus potamogeton), on Grey Reef starts breaking up and making its way downstream. In the case of this year it has gotten a little extra jolt, courtesy the recent bump in flows. Is it a pain in the ass? Sure. Does it make it unfishable? Absolutely not. You just have to be prepared to clean your flies and get them in the right spot. This isn’t spring on Grey Reef, so don’t expect it. You may not be hitting the numbers of fish you are accustomed to but the quality is there, without question.
If you are here or headed this way, this is the program our crew has been rolling…4-6ft, 1-2 AB split shot. A short, stout nymph rig that gets down quick. The first fly will be a Pat’s rubberlegs, cranefly or a leech. Trail that with a birds nest or another caddis pattern, pheasant tail and/or a foam wing RS2. Also, keep your eyes peeled for risers. We are seeing a few heads up on tricos in the morning as well as a few eating hoppers in the afternoon.
So if the current situation has you a little down and you don’t want to bother with the veg, there is a silver lining. When flows start dropping after Labor Day, the river should be in great shape. Less vegetation and clear, clean water. September and October is setting up to be one for the books…
If you haven’t seen it on our social media outlets, then here’s a little flush update. The Grey Reef flush is now scheduled to begin on March 31 and run for exactly nine days. During the flush-flows will increase every night, starting at midnight. Maximum flow during the flush is 4,000cfs. Flows will drop and stabilize to 500cfs every morning at 10am. At this time we do not know what flows will be post-flush but our best guess would be somewhere around 500cfs.
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.
First things first, we’d like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our crew to all of you! We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.
For those of you that keep up with our weather, you’re probably noticed the lack of “nice” days over the past few weeks. Well, as we discussed in the last report, that’s just the way it can be this time of year in Central Wyoming. But when the weather has lined up, the fishing continues to be good. It most certainly has been more of an late morning/afternoon program for Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef. Our list of top flies right now are the following; pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, orange scuds, PALs, rhinestones and mayhems. The most productive water continues to be the mid to lower half of the run, concentrating on the slower/deeper water. One last thing, as of right now Grey Reef is floatable to Lusby but that will more than likely change with colder temperatures expected next week. As always we will keep everyone updated on the current conditions but if your planning on heading out don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail or give us a call at the shop.
After a very mild and pleasant fall we have rolled into more of our standard winter weather program. Weather and wind. Either we’re getting snow or it’s blowing, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Population control for Central Wyoming.
Grey Reef is finally starting to see some icy conditions below Government Bridge. The Upper, as always this time of year, is the place to be. Flows are at 450cfs and clear, with the vegetation becoming less and less by the day. Pine squirrel leeches, PALs, rhinestones, reef worms and small pheasant tails are the bugs of choice. With water temperatures dropping we are definitely concentrating on the lower half of the run and focusing on the deeper tailouts and seams. Thats not to say you can’t find them nosed up to shelf during the afternoon midge hatch but the most overall productive water is going to be the deep stuff.
So how about the Miracle Mile fishing report? Well, with the weather finally shaping up more into its winter pattern the crowds have finally started to subside. Per usual, make sure to check with us our someone else “local” this time of year before you venture that way. Roads can get nasty and the Mile is not the place to get stuck this time of year. While nymphing is always a popular winter program on the Mile, you’ll find most of us headed out there to swing a streamer. Again, with water temperatures hovering slightly above freezing, the slow/deep tailouts are your friend. Intermediate lines and/or a short sink-tip is the way to go. These lines along with a weighted streamer will get you into the lower third of the water column, putting your streamer in front of their faces. For whatever reason you’re hard pressed to beat an articulated goldie or rusty trombone when it comes to swinging the Miracle Mile.
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.
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!
While most of Wyoming and Colorado was hit by a major winter storm Alcova and Grey Reef hardly got an inch of snow! The roads are all opening up and the weather this weekend looks prime! Our cottages are full this weekend, but we still have guide availability. Please Call the shop for updated Miracle mile road reports.
The flush of Grey Reef is NOT happening this year due to a few different circumstances. Do not worry, the fishing has been and will remain good. We saw increased flows in October last year and that cleared out a ton of sediment and debris from the spawning areas. Honestly the fishing every year is usually the same pre flush as it is post flush. It’s just kind of a different and fun way to kick off to the season. We just beefed up our snowpack with the last storm and should hopefully be able to fill some of our reservoirs.
Flies: Fishing has been really good on all three tailwaters, conveniently the flies are similar for all of them. Leeches in brown, olive, natural #10, Reef Worms in red and purple #12-18, Scuds in olive, pink and orange #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-18, Mayhem Midges black and purple #18-20, All day May in olive #18, PAL #16-20, and Rhinestone in #18-20 have all been great patterns the past few weeks!
Flows: Flows are low and will stay that way for the next few weeks. The only change we are supposed to see is Grey Reef go back up to 500 CFS from 400CFS
Grey Reef-400 CFS
Miracle Mile-500 CFS
Fremont canyon- 72 CFS
If you have any questions feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call!
Well, here we are. Hard to believe it’s already March and thus far it has been a lamb. Temperatures the past week have been in the 50s and 60s with relatively mild winds. That being said, Grey Reef is at 500cfs and open from the Dam to Casper. Keep in mind, warmer temps are causing the lower elevation snow to runoff, so water conditions have been variable below Government Bridge. The upper is currently in great shape and the fishing, as you would expect, is good. A few fish starting to make redds but we are still on the front side of the spawn. It has pretty much been a nymphing/streamer game as of late. Pine squirrel leech, reef worm, PAL, rhinestone, mayhem midge, pheasant tail-have been our top producing nymph patterns. Length/weight has been 4-7ft with 1-3(BB) split shot. On the streamer front…rusty trombone, goldie, kreelex have been our top picks. We prefer fishing them on the Airflo 40+ fast intermediate line…it just seems to hit the sweet spot in the water column.
We currently DO NOT have any updates in regards to the SPRING FLUSH. As soon as we know anything we will let you know.