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!

Winter Fishing is on Fire!


Fishing has been excellent the past few weeks, both nymphing and with streamers! Fish are really healthy, fighting hard, and plentiful,  and with hardly any crowds this time of year you feel like you have the river to yourself. That’s why winter is one of our favorite times to get out and fish. Also a great time to take advantage of our shoulder season package; 2 nights in a Cottage and 1 FULL day of fishing for 2 anglers for $600!!!

Grey Reef-Lusby 500 CFS- Fishing has been excellent. Focus on the slower, deeper water if there’s not a hatch going on. Reef Worms, LAZY, PAL’s, leeches, and RS2’s have been our best nymphs fishing them a little deeper and heavier this time of year. When midges start popping try moving your flies up in the water column and fish closer to the top of the run or on the edges. We can get some really good midges hatches in the winter and even some dry fly action on the right day. Streamer fishing has been top notch, keep the fly moving as slow as possible even try dead drifting them. Goldies, rusty trombones, and Mini dungeons are all working!

Fremont/Cardwell-400 CFS- While the flows are still higher than normal the fishing has been great. Just focus on the slowest water you can find. All of the the long runs in the Meadow have been fishing well in the last 2/3 of the run. Leeches, annelids, scuds, and midges have all been working well.

Miracle MIle- 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there with some days being better than others. Swinging streamers this time of year can be a really fun way to catch them right now. The Reefs Goldie, Rusty Trombone, Galloups Dungeons, Peanut Envys, and laser legal have been go-tos!

If you have any questions or want to book your next Grey Reef experience stop by the shop or give us a call 307-232-9128

Happy Thanksgiving- North Platte River Fly Fishing Report


Its late November and the fishing is great! Fishing on all three tailwaters has been good, especially on the Reef and at Fremont. The off-season is a great time to experience Grey Reef, big feisty fish and close to zero crowds makes for a great time. We will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving and will be open again on Friday from 8-12.

Miracle Mile 500 CFS- The Mile has been fishing pretty well but has been getting pounded with people. Scuds, leeches, san juan worms, pheasant tails, and midges have been good out there. Swinging streamers can also be effective, the goldie or the rusty trombone are always our go-tos.

Fremont/cardwell-500 CFS Even with the higher flows the fishing has been great! Streamers and nymphing has been solid with some dry action on the right afternoons. PSL’s, hot head leeches. Reef worms, scuds, and midges are all catching them. The streamer bite is really good on the more overcast days right now.

Grey reef- 500 CFS Fishing has been just fantastic on the Reef. Definitely the most consistent fishing around. Plenty of big fat rainbows and a good amount of browns being caught. Everyone is asking if the grass is out of the reef yet, it’s not but its really fishable. The grass plays a really important part of keeping our river so healthy, the fish like it and so should we. Amber scuds, hot head leeches, pheasant tails, PALs, Macgruber Midge, and UV emergers are all on the menu. Streamer fishing has also been good, keep your retrieve really slow with a few pops here and there. Goldie, rusty trombone, peanut envy, heisenberg have been our favorite patterns.

Its really important to watch out for spawning fish this time of year, please respect the fish and leave them alone. We are seeing tons of people fishing on the redds, especially at the Mile.

Come see us now through the end of the year and check out some of our sale items, we have some wicked deals on great gear and clothing! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

Fall Fishing is Here! North Platte River Fishing Report


Fishing has been fantastic on all three tailwaters lately,the fish are still looking up! Dries, streamers, and nymphs have all been working well. We had some wintery cold weather last week, but this week looks to be awesome, highs in the 50’s, sunny and not much of that “W” word.

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS- Fishing has been good with little pressure up there. Baetis and midges are coming off, pheasant tails and rs2’s are the name of the game. Leeches, worms and scuds are working as well, if you’re not throwing the buggy stuff. Streamers, especially in the canyon, have been finding some nice fish. Black peanut envy, thin mints, and the goldie have been our best streamers.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there, the road has not. Nasty weather has the road in bad condition, its dry now but that can change at any moment. Leeches, San juans, pheasant tails, poxyback baetis, and the soft tex scud have been getting them.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing is still great from the Dam to Casper, while they are still present the grass is dissipating on the upper section. The channels are more obvious and full of fish. San Juans, Leeches, Soft tex scuds, Pheasant tails, prince nymphs, and the trusty RS2 have all been working. Rusty trombone on the slow swing has been producing, as well as the peanut envy, mini dungeon, and goldie.

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