Wyoming Fly Fishing

Pretty impressive fishing… We had 4 trips at the Mile and 3 on the Reef today. Yesterday Adam and the Raiford crew got into a pile of fresh baetis and a bunch of fish eating them on the surface. They spent the afternoon picking off risers. The first real baetis hatch of fall. The day before that we had some spectacular streamer fishing down near Casper and nymphing has been pretty silly everywhere. Just got off the phone with NPL/TRFS guide Rick Aune and he said the Miracle Mile fished very well today.He also mentioned the afterbay got a burp of red from the drainage behind Alcova School. There were some good thunder bumpers and downpours starting around 1pm today.

The dry fly fishing is notable right now!

pic: a double from our streamer outing the other day


Grey Reef Flows

Grey Reef was dropped to 2500cfs yesterday AM. The water is CLEAR for Grey Reef! Well over 5′ is visibility.

We had 7 trips out yesterday with only 2 at Grey Reef. We started with streamers and hooked a few fish and had some follows. Once we switched to a nymph rig it was on fire. Foam Post RS2 had most of the attention on 4x fluorocarbon. 6-7′ of leader and a couple B shot. Early afternoon the wind picked up and flipped out of the north. Progress was hampered but the fish kept eating. Not quite like they did in the first half of the day however.Saw 2 other boats on the upper. That was very fleeting as they were off of the river early. Love this time of year.

Lots of big fish on trico spinners yesterday. If you like challenging dry fly fishing for big fish get here!

I didn’t get word on Miracle Mile but suspect it fished well. Flows are still in the 1100cfs range.

Today is moist and cooler but the next week looks great with temps near 80 and low to no wind.

We still have 2 rooms available Oct 17-19 but the Oct 24-27 dates are on reserve…

pic: Pete Krohn on one of his 7 days at the lodge last week. He has been visiting NPL for 12 years and fishing with Seth for the duration.

Grey Reef Fishing, Miracle Mile Fishing

Sorry for the report delay but I have been out for a few days. Fishing remains strong. Grey Reef has experienced some floaties due to fluctuation of Grey Reef Reservoir. Hope they discontinue soon.

AM trico has been worth the hunt. Get ’em on trico spinners, a rusty spinner or even small attractors for a couple of the eager ones in the pod. PM dry fly on caddis. Jeff Wagner was out last night picking apart riffles and was all smiles this morning. Fish rising to caddis in skinny water is good old fashioned fun.

Nymphing throughout the day has been good but don’t get too long or you will be dredging algae all day. PMD, caddis, scuds and the forgotten midge…

Streamers! Oh yeah. Goldie and what ever else trailing. Get the bugs to move! No wimpy strips.

Miracle Mile nymphing good. The water has finally gone tannic and has it’s characteristic brown tinge. Looks ugly but the fish are still ready and willing. Worms, leeches, caddis and midges have been top producers.

Fremont Canyon is looking pretty ugly as well and fishing fair. The fish are there and they will eat you just have to pay your dues. Fremont will be back in top form in October.

Bleak reports from around the west with low, warm water. Afternoon fishing restrictions are in effect in many drainages.  Grey Reef is fortunately holding strong and this week’s cold front will help tremendously. Expecting highs in the 70s all week. This will be a welcomed change.

Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon Fishing Report

Grey Reef flows are 2700cfs

Miracle Mile flows are 1050cfs

Grey Reef is still fishing very well.

Nymping with caddis, crawdads, PMDs, scuds etc on a short rig. Fast water. Tons of midges around.

Streamers on a floating line with a Goldie Locks and a pine squirrel leech or crawdizzle dragger. Fast water.

Hoppers are picking up speed! Don’t discount them. The pic above is a 24″ rainbow that Paisley Kadison caught on a hopper with JJ a couple days ago. Tricos are back in force as well. Early rhythmic sippers on the spinner fall.

Miracle Mile is nymphing great with big Prince Nymphs, Pat’s Rubber Legs, worms and beedy leeches. Caddis, scuds and midges also apply.

Fremont is pretty gross looking and not fishing very well. Of course they are there and available but both the Mile and the Reef are in much better shape.

Grey Reef and Miracle Mile Fishing Report

Rock solid. Some good streamer activity and we finally have Goldie Locks in stock! Nymphing yesterday down low was very good and bigger bugs were the favorites. Our small Pat’s Rubber legs, Crawdizzle and even Prince nymphs were top choices. Biggest fish of the day was 23″ and it ate the Crawdizzle on a short indicator rig.

Grey Reef only registered 61* midday about 6 miles down from the dam. Holding strong and the fish are responding well.

Miracle Mile was evacuated a few days ago due to a fire in the Seminoes. Word is the Canyon took a beating. Luckily the loss of some Ponderosa Pines shouldn’t severely impact the North Platte River as that area is very rocky. Excessive sediment shouldn’t be a result of the fires…cross our fingers.

Photo supplied by Eric S.G. and was snapped last Saturday. Monday we witnessed non stop slurry bomber operations and it seemed they knocked it down significantly.

Miracle Mile on Fire…Really

Miracle Mile was evacuated this afternoon due to a fire in the area. We will keep you posted on the situation.

Fishing continues to be very productive and things are slowing a little in the late afternoon. PMD, Yellow Sallies, midges, Tricos and caddis are the hatches. Scuds are in demand and shouldn’t be ignored…as are crawdads.

Isolated dry fly opportunities persist with  more consistent action on the “other” discipline…streamers.

Miracle Mile Fishing Report, Grey Reef Fishing Report

Grey Reef flows remain at 3000cfs

Miracle Mile flows remain at 1000cfs

Fishing continues to be very good with streamer activity being noted. Very strong days with the streamers at Grey Reef. Nymphing with PMDs, Sallies and caddis also producing great results and the dry fly is good but the trico fishing has slowed a touch in the last couple days. That will get going again as the 2nd wave of tricos start. Caddis fishing has been stellar late in the day. What to expect? Psuedos, caddis and tricos with increased crawdad and scud consumption in the coming weeks. Was out on a hopper float the other day, which produced positive but not spectacular results, and had a baetis land on me…weird.

The Oct 7-11 dates have been filled as well as the Sept 28-Oct 2 spot. One of the Oct 16-21 spots is also spoken for. The last 3 spots we have available are arriving July 30 and departing August 3(1 room) , arriving August 29 departing Sept 2nd (1 room) or Arriving Oct 18 departing the 21st(1 room).

We feature the largest and most experience full-time Grey Reef and Miracle Mile fly fishing guide staff, we are the only Outfitter at Grey Reef, we are the nearest outfitter to Miracle Mile, we feature more private access than any outfitter in the region. Other services include drift boat rentals, river shuttles, day trips and full service lodge trips, wing shooting and cast and blast packages, fly shop with quality gear, cigars, ice and soft drinks. Great fly selection with reports direct from guides who also tend the shop.


Wyoming Fly Fishing and Lodge Availability

Lodge Dates:

1 room (1 or 2 anglers) arriving July 30th, fishing July 31-August 2nd and departing August 3rd

1 room (1 or 2 anglers) arriving August 29, fishing August 30-Sept 1 and departing on Sept 2nd

1 room(1 or 2 anglers OR Sage Grouse hunters) arriving Sept 28, fishing/hunting Sept 29-Oct 1 and departing Oct 2nd. Great cast and blast!

2 rooms arriving Oct 7th, fishing Oct 8-10 and departing on the 11th

2 rooms arriving Oct 18th, fishing Oct 19-21 and departing on Oct 22nd

Shop was busy last Saturday! Quite a few boats on the water and with good reason. Grey Reef and Miracle Mile are in great shape and fishing very well.

Grey Reef flows are steady at 3000cfs this AM with Miracle Mile flows at 1000cfs.

Lots of hoppers leaving the fly bins. We are getting hopper eats but naturals are few and far between.

Tricos are the story early AM with fish on the spinners.

Nymphing throughout the day with PMDs and Sallies, Caddis, crawdads, leeches, midges etc.

Streamers anytime and worth it.

Caddis late eve have been bringing a pile of fish up to the surface.

Fishing is pretty darn good and we see no reason for that to change. With the tough water conditions present in much of the west we are again insulated from the hardship. Grey Reef is so consistent and that is why we are having  positive last minute bookings. They know they can come here and have a super productive trip.

pic: Trent shot this of Grey Reef Rainbows on their rhythmic Trico feast. For a better view go The Reef Fly Shop facebook page and click it for a larger image.

NPL and TRFS have the largest and most experienced guide service on Grey Reef and Miracle Mile, without question! Fish ALL day with 17 miles of private access. No one can match our level of service and the added perks.

Wyoming Fly Fishing

Interesting that the flows remain this AM. We kind of expected them to start dropping. Grey Reef flows are 3350cfs and Miracle Mile flows are 2000cfs.

Evening caddis dry fly has been excellent! Golden Stones(dry)at Miracle Mile have been good but disappointing as compared to the past couple years. The numbers of Glolden Stones are very strong but overwhelmingly sunny conditions can keep the fish timid to the big dry flies.

Yellow Sallies and PMDs the other hatches of interest. In fact you can have great days just focusing on them.

Tricos are producing some nice dry fly opportunities with the AM spinner fall.

Streamers have been very productive.

The story is to be very opportunistic and allow yourself to put down the nymph rig to enjoy techniques that many think are unavailable at Grey Reef.

The river is pretty quiet so this is a fantastic time to be here.

Wyoming Fly Fishing

Smokey and cool this AM. Our local forest fire combined with calm conditions has allowed the smoke to settle in. It is really nice to open the window and feel a little chilly! Temps dropping to around 90 will be much more comfortable.

Do you expect to fish all day when you book a trip? TRFS and NPL guides will have you on the water ALL day. Often we notice others making a 2:30-3:00pm departure and that will never be our program unless you request it.

Experienced guides make a huge difference this time of year. NPL and TRFS enjoy the largest and, by far, the most experienced guide staff in the region. Why compromise?

Private access? Sure, we have far more private access than any other outfitter in the region. The reality is that only 2 outfitters have meaningful private access. Enjoy many miles of access just for you and your guide. It makes a significant difference.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: NPL and TRFS need another good guide. This will be a part time position to start but will work into full time. You need to be available on short notice as we are receiving a lot of last minute bookings. These last minute booking will increase as other western rivers become low or dangerously warm due to widespread lack of snow last winter. Call Erik at (307)237-1182.

pic: One of 5 browns from a streamer trip a couple days ago. Notice the big Nomad net, we have 2 more in stock!