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!

Dry Fly Time is HERE!


Fishing has been great the past couple of weeks here on the North Platte, fish are as happy and healthy as ever! Flows have dropped down a bit and that has only seemed to make the dry fly fishing better! This time of year has some awesome fishing opportunities, wading, and in the boat but the best thing is the lack of crowds.

Fremont- 75 CFS- Fishing has been awesome ever since the flow drop and the fish are charged up! Nymphing is consistent all day with mayhem midges, rs2’s, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, tung teasers and hare’s ears. The dry fly thing has been a fun way to to get them though, tricos in the morning with patterns like GS trico spinner, rusty spinner, and a parachute adams, Hoppers in the afternoon with godzilla hopper, pink pookie, and the water walker and Caddis in the evening with elk hair caddis, x caddis, and galloup’s goober caddis! Look for risers, get the right angle on them and try to make a cast that lands just in front of their nose.

Miracle Mile- 1,000 CFS The water is tanic colored but that hasn’t affected the fishing, it’s still the normal miracle mile, great some days and not so great on others. Our top producers have been san juan worms, prince nymphs, tung teasers, mayhem midges, and pheasant tails. Try throwing some streamers if some cloud cover shows up. Black Peanut envy, rusty trombone, and the articulated goldie are our favorites.

Grey Reef-Casper 2,200 CFS Big fish looking up! The trico thing is picking up more steam everyday, now we are seeing good pods of fish rising to the spinner fall instead of just single risers out there. The podded up fish are by far more catchable! We’ve been throwing parachute adams in #16-18 with a trico 24″ behind that. GS trico spinner or the two wing trico have been go-tos. After the trico fish are done eating we have been switching to hoppers, more-or-less hopper in tan, goldenrod, or pink, the pink pookie, godzilla hopper, south fork chernobyl, and yeti hopper are all getting them! Nymphing has been solid too with prince nymphs, pheasant tails, PALs, rs2’s, leeches and still some reef worms. You can go a little deeper and heavier towards grey reef dam and shorter and lighter the closer you get to Casper.

 

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

No Runoff Here! North Platte Fly Fishing Report


One of the advantages of being a tailwater is that we don’t experience runoff like a freestone river, while our flows may get high in the summer the water is still clean and cold. All three tailwater sections of the Platte around Alcova are fishing great, wading and out of the boat! Even when the water does start to come up later this year we have awesome opportunities to catch fish in some really fun water.

Miracle Mile- 4,000 CFS Don’t let this flow fool you, there are still plenty of great wade fishing options at the mile. The water is clear, cold, and looking great. We are just on the cusp of the golden stonefly hatch, big fish on big bugs! Having some higher flows can make for the perfect storm of pushing fish over to the edges and banks right where the stoneflies are crawling over to hatch. Dry dropper rigs can work really well try fishing Chubby Cheronobyls, trina’s dog puke stone, and water walkers for dries. Pat’s rubber legs, BH 20 inchers, and halfbacks are all great droppers or just fishing those with a san juan worm under an indicator can be a lot of fun as well!

Fremont- 75 CFS- The fishing has been good, especially sight nymphing to those big fish. Grab a buddy and go down the canyon, one person spots a fish and the other tries to catch them. Dry dropper rigs work well for that or mini nymph rigs. Parachute adams or elk hair caddis for the dry flies and rs2’s, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, poxyback PMD’s, and barr’s emergers for the nymphs.

Grey Reef- 1200 CFS- The upper section is looking good and fishing well. There are some feeder creeks bringing in some dirty water below Government Bridge, so it’s best to stick to the upper 12 miles. Leeches, scuds, prince nymphs, hare’s ears, all day mays, PAL’s, and rs2’s have been our top producers. We’re finding most of the fish concentrated on drop offs and shelves, which makes for great wade fishing!

As always if you have any questions stop by the shop everyday from 7:00-6:00 or give us a call at 307-232-9128.

Trout On Top


Over the last few weeks we have seen a lot of different weather. Literally, EVERY type of weather. From shorts and flip-flops to puffy coats, hats and gloves. This hasn’t slowed or stopped us! We are currently getting a lot of rain. What does that mean for us here? Bugs! Lots and lots of bugs! BWO’s, Midges, and even some PMD activity out there. This is a special time to get out and cast a fly. The water temps have climbed out of the winter chill and are sitting around 52-55 degrees. And couple this with our low flows at 500cfs. The fish are very active! With overcast/wet days, we are getting to see a lot of feeding fish on the surface. These fish WILL eat a presented dry fly! The past few days we have had some incredible dry fly opportunities. Its always fun to see fish on the surface eating your fly. Oh, and don’t worry. If you come out and they aren’t on the surface that day, the incredible nymphing opportunities lead to some pretty memorable days out there. June is approaching and everything is stacking up to be an unforgettable couple months. From PMD’s to Yellow Sallies and even the beginning of hoppers is all right around the corner!

One thing to keep in mind about our amazing fishery is, we have clean, fish-able water. With the series of bottom release dams upstream of the Grey Reef, we are typically clean year round. Yes, there is the occasional gully washer rain storm that will dirty the river for a day or two, but for the most part we are clean and clear. We do not have the big run off affects that other fisheries have to deal with. There are a series of small creeks that merge into the North Platte downstream of the Grey Reef boat ramp. These for the most part are small trickles into the river.

DON’T FORGET OUR STREAMER TOURNEY! We are excited to bring this unique opportunity to you. This isn’t your normal fishing tournament. Yes, there are prizes, and cash like most. Simms, Scott Fly Rods, Dirty Water Fly Co. etc.  However, this is hosted where you will be staying! So no having to leave after the long day of casting streamers. Sit back on the porch, enjoy some drinks and fine dinning! See the below information and if you’re interested, give us a call. Limited space so make the call!

STREAMER TOURNAMENT: This is a North Platte Lodge Trophy Trip on steroids and positioned at the height of the most successful time to target trophy class trout (25″ or more) . The event will be limited to 12 anglers staying and fishing double occupancy. Arrive Thursday afternoon Oct 31st, Fish full day Nov 1 and 2 and a half day Nov 3. On the final day NPL will provide a chef prepared lunch and award ceremony prior to an afternoon departure. Cash and prizes will sweeten it up! The goal is to land the longest Trout of the weekend. Lodging, meals, 17 miles of private access with 5 boat ramps and guides/boat provided. Once the roster is set you will have access to your guides to scheme your approach. Call for details 307.237.1182

 

 

 

It’s Mini Rigging Time! North PLatte Fly Fishing Report


*****UPDATE 5/28

Lots of moisture has muddied up the river below ledge creek (4 miles down from grey reef dam) As of now the water clarity is good at the the dam. If the rain keeps up Grey reef reservoir could get dirty and we would see off color water at the dam. We would suggest not going to the Mile as that road is in bad shape right now. That being said we have really nice weather coming up and the river should clear up quickly. We will keep you updated if conditions change. Fishing can still good in off-color water, fish still have to eat!

Things are buggy here on the North Platte, midges, baetis, and even some caddis are all around! We’re finding a lot of fish hanging out at the top of runs, edges, and seams feasting on bugs. A “mini rig” has been working well for these fish. Our set up is typically 2-3′ indicator to weight with a #4 or #6 as your weight. This rig works especially well during a hatch. Wade fishing or out of a boat, this is a really fun way to fish, use a small indicator or a yarn indicator for a more subtle approach. There are still fish spawning out there, do NOT fish to spawning fish or walk on their Redds!

Miracle Mile- 2,700 CFS Don’t be fooled by the higher flows, there’s no need to go super heavy and deep. There are plenty of fish feeding on bugs in the softer water, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Barr’s Emergers, PALs, Mayhem Midges, and RS2s have all been on the menu. Of course a red san juan is always a good go-to out there as well. The road was not in good condition yestesday and this rain will keep it muddy for a bit, please use your best judgement when heading out there.

Fremont- 75 CFS- The mini rig is a solid approach up there, the water is very clear you’ll be able to see the fish up in the water column feeding. Aero beatis, juju baetis, RS2s, all day may’s, PAL’s, and pheasant tails are the way to go. Dry fly fishing has been productive, a well placed comparadun or parachute adams with get eaten. Pick your fish and try to get a cast one foot in front of it.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS Fishing has been great in faster water, riffles, drop offs, and edges of the big runs. Same thing here, that “mini-rig” has been working well. Any spot that looks “fishy” is probably holding some fish. Pheasant tails, rednecks, PAL’s, rs2’s, all day may’s, zebra midges, mayhem midges, and Barr’s emergers have been our top producers.

As always stop by the shop or give us a call if you have any questions. Our hours are 7:00A.M.-6:00 P.M. everyday, come by and check out our renovated shop!

Spring North Platte Fishing Report


Fishing has been on fire these past few weeks, fish are really keying in on bugs! It is definitely feeling like spring here in central Wyoming, warm and sunny one day, rainy and cloudy the next. This is a good thing since baetis (BWO’s) love overcast drizzly weather! We have been seeing a lot of big healthy fish this year, TRFS and NPL supervisor Pat Ginder and his guest caught a 26″ brown yesterday!!! FISH ARE STILL SPAWNING PLEASE DON’T FISH TO SPAWNERS AND DO NOT WALK ON THE SPAWNING BEDS!

Fremont-75 CFS Fishing has been very good up there. You can sit in the larger deep runs and watch fish in the middle of the water column and crush bugs. BH CDC case BWO emerger, Foam post RS2, Pheasant tails, aero baetis, and PALs have all been working very well. Fremont is also your best chance to find some surface activity. A well placed Parachute adams or an olive comparadun in #18 will get the job done.

Miracle Mile- 2,700 CFS Fishing has been good up there as well even with the higher flows. The “buggy” stuff has been working well. BH pheasant tails and rs2’s have been our top producers, especially fishing the edges of the fast water. Be mindful of the road as we do have snow and rain in the forecast and that will surely muddy up the road.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS Fishing is fantastic right now, every fast run or big drop off are holding tons of fish. The river is finally looking better through Casper, fishing on the lower river has been really good too! BH Pheasant tails, Barr’s Emergers, RS2’s(olive, brown, grey), PAL, reef worms and Pine squirrel leeches are all great flies right now. We’re fishing fairly short and light right now 3-5′ indicator to weight with a No.1 or a bb as your weight.

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

Bring on the bugs!


The 10 days of the Spring flush has come to an end. Fishing has been great! The river bed has been cleared of most silt and debris. The fish are now moving up to their spawning beds throughout the river. As always spawning is an exciting time of year. Being able to see hundreds of fish in their yearly routine is something many have never had the opportunity to witness. The blonde cleared away patches of pebbles checker board in the shallows with some dark shadows of fish near by. These fish are now creating the future of the river. Anglers as well as other people need to respect the fishes space by avoiding walking and fishing in these fragile places. This will help preserve our amazing fishery. Although there are many fish spawning, there are also many that are not. Some are patiently waiting their turn. A selection of fish sit and feed in preparation for spawning or once they are complete in the deep runs and soft edges. However, fish are not the only creatures going through this Spring dance.
The banks of the river are lined with all sorts of wildlife that call the North Platte river home. Nesting eagles are always a site to see. Golden and Bald eagles both call the Platte River their home for generations. Seeing these regal giants sore above, and occasionally giving us the quick photo opportunity, is truly magnificent. Along or banks also has turkeys currently strutting their stuff, along with the beautiful ducks and geese. Chicks will soon start to pop up along the river, and newly born fawns will start to show up with their mothers for a quick drink.
Oh, and did we mention our Spring bugs! They will start to swarm the water. From the Baetis popping up on the surface; to swarms of midges that seem to form small clouds that always follow the boat. The fish become very active during this time. Fish forget all about the cold, lethargic state from winter water temps, and go into somewhat of a feeding frenzy.
Being able to witness some of these events is worth a trip to the North Platte in itself. Catching world class fish while doing it, well that’s just the bonus. Give us a call and get your next opportunity booked!

Thaw and Flush


March is an exciting month. It’s the time of year where anything can happen with the weather. It will snow a foot one day, and then be 50 degrees on another. The river that has been frozen down stream will start to open, and the banks will start to come alive. The beginning of spring. Things will start to thaw and the North Platte River will be hub for activity. It is to many, their favorite time of the year to go Fly Fishing! Floating is an amazing way to see everything from deer and antelope, all the way to turkeys strutting their stuff on the banks. Oh, and did I mention the fishing is fantastic? The Reef Fly Shop has the best early season package in the business! 2 nights in a cottage and 1 day of guided fishing on Grey Reef for $600! Until March 15 where we return to regular season rates. Get it while it lasts!

Every year the North Platte River is flushed near the second week of March for ten days. The flush is when the Bureau Of Rec slowly bumps flows up from our current 500cfs to 4000cfs and then back down slowly to 500cfs over night. This cleans out the “junk” if you will on the bottom of the river. Over the year silt and debris covers some of the bottom and prime spawning habitat for our fishery. The high flows clean this from the bottom moving it down stream away from prime spawning habitat. This year however, with the remaining ice and cold weather in the extended forecast. Coupled with the current bridge construction taking place below Alcova Dam, dates for the flush have not come out yet. There are a few factors to think of with this. We don’t want the flush to be late, as this will wash away where fish have already spawned. However, we do want a flush to clean up the bottom, creating more prime spawning habitat. With a little luck, hopefully the weather warms up and it will get back on track! We will continue to update everyone on the flush plans and schedule as we gain more information.

We recently have made some changes to The Reef Fly Shop and it is starting to come along nicely! Click the link here to check it out. https://youtu.be/xWb4pN_G43I Although we have the project going, we are still open. So stop in to grab your gear and see the changes yourself!

We’ve made it out to the Miracle Mile a couple times in the last few weeks. Braving the elements. This is always a challenge this time of year. Roads are a pain, wind blowing, and cold temps make it hard. But can be well worth it. Swinging streamers, we were able to connect on some great fish! The Miracle Mile road had some drifting and slippery spots so be careful if you are going to make the trip out passed Alcova!

Hot Fishing/Cold Weather North Platte Fly Fishing Report


Fishing has been great lately! We had boats out yesterday and they did well both nymphing and on streamers! Flows have stayed the same, 500 CFS at the Mile and Grey Reef and 75 CFS at Cardwell. Weather looks cold this week, be mindful of keeping fish in the water after you land them so you do not freeze their gills.

Nymphing: Right now (and the whole year) nymphing remains the most consistent way to catch fish. During the colder parts of the day you’ll find you need to fish deeper and heavier and focus on the slower, deeper sections of the runs. We’ve been fishing 5-6 feet indicator to weight with 1-2 BB’s as our weight. Our best bugs have been Pine Squirrel leeches, Hot head leeches, Reef Worms, Deep Purples, Scuds, and midge larva patterns like the PAL. As the day warms up you might see some midges hatching, try moving up in the water column or fishing closer to the top of the run. Emergers like the All Day May, RS2, Mayhem Midge, and crystal midge have been getting some love during the hatch.

Streamers: The name of the game is speed, how fast to retrieve your fly. Typically the past few weeks the retrieve needs to be as slow as possible. Big long strips or just swinging your fly has been good. Our go-tos are the Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Foxy Clouser, Peanut Envys, and the kreelex.

Dries: Some dry fly action durning the midge hatches, it has been few and far between though. A small parachute Adams, griffiths gnat, or Cdc Midge should work for the fish you find sipping.

Our shoulder season packages go to March 15th, that’s 2 nights in a cottage and 1 day guided fishing for $600. This is a great opportunity to come experience the North Platte with few crowds and great fishing! As always if you have any questions stop in the shop or give us a call!

Grey Reef Winter Fly Fishing Report


Fishing has been good all winter long! Nymphing remains your best bet, but streamer fishing has been really good on most sections. The weather looks like its going to cold and snowy the next few days, fishing will be best during the warmest part of the day.

Fremont/Cardwell 75 CFS- The flows have dropped back down the their winter normal. Nymphing has been solid, focus your efforts of the slower deeper water with Reef Worms, leeches, and scuds. If the temp increase enough during the day you might see some midges hatching. You can shorten and lighten up your rigs and fish on the edges of the faster water towards the top of the runs. The PAL, UV emerger, and all day may are good go-tos when that happens.

Miracle Mile 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there. Swinging streamers has been effective, keep your fly moving as slow as possible. The rusty trombone, articulated goldie, and the kreelex have been our top streamers. As far as nymphs go San Juans, leeches, soft tex scuds, PAL, Flashbang midge, and reef worms have been our top producers. The road was getting sloppy out there this past weekend with the warmer temps but will freeze beck up with this storm. There were a lot of snow drift though and this storm will only make them larger. Be careful and use your best judgment driving out there. Some of those drifts are really long and easy to get stuck in.

Grey Reef 500 CFS- The Reef has still been the best section of the North Platte to fish. Consistent nymph and streamer action. Same flies as the other sections with the red reef worm in #16-18 being king. Most of the fish being caught have been in the deeper slower runs, focus on the bottom 2/3 of the run. Dam to Lusby is still floatable but this cold snap might change that. Give the shop a call of your thinking about floating for updated conditions.

As always if you have any questions or want to book your next Grey Reef experience give the shop a call or stop in from 8-2!