Wyoming’s Grey Reef and Miracle Mile Fly Fishing Report


Grey Reef Fly Fishing report was cold and nasty yesterday with lots of Wyoming roads closed. We had to push a number of trips as Grey Reef anglers couldn’t get to the area. Miracle Mile fly fishing conditions are good but the roads are poor. Leave those alone for a day or three. With the winter weather all across Wyoming, the fishing was still excellent. A couple rounds of midges had fish on and very near the surface. Of course the beatis were doing their thing but midges have been very prolific and important. The Grey Reef section of the North Platte River is in great fishing condition and the sections below Government Bridge have improved dramatically…even into Casper. Casper Mountain received 20″ of snow so we should expect poor conditions below the Grey Reef section again as that snow melts. We would be very happy if the BuRec decided to push a little extra water down the North Platte River to give the fish a little more room and spread things out. This would also help IF we get some dirty water associated with the latest storm.The Fremont Canyon fishing report is great but a tad more busy.

Short/light emerger rigs with a PAL and UV Crystal Midge has been super productive. Our Rhinestone has also been a hyper performer. Lighter rods are not a bad idea as the a compliant tip help to hold the aggressive Grey Reef trout. Don’t get too flashy the fish can see everything and don’t need big obnoxious flies to be noticed. We have had some good dry fly opportunities and the streamer fishing has been hit or miss. Swinging and stripping emergers has been pretty dang fun!

We do have some Grey Reef cottage availability and guides next week. We do have a lodge spot available over Memorial Day weekend as well. We have 2 weekend lodge spots in June and then we are pretty snug until the 23rd of August. We do have a full lodge option at that point.

Grey Reef Fly Fishing Report 3/31/14


Central Wyoming Fly Fishing is excellent and this won’t change. Alcova did get a blasting of heavy , wet snow and it is still coming down. This will continue the poor water conditions below Government Bridge. But, the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River should hold strong. These events can create a muddy runoff into Grey Reef Reservoir and that has been known to shut things down for a day or so. The snowpack #s for the North Platte River drainage are excellent and getting stronger. We should probably expect a bump in flows in the next couple weeks. That won’t hurt our feelings at all.

Miracle Mile and Fremont fly fishing reports are good. Road conditions to Miracle Mile will again be poor. Miracle Mile has picked up a touch over the slower production of the past couple weeks. Rigs at all 3 venues have been PSL, scuds, deep purple, foam wing rs2 and Mayhem midges. Streamers are getting limited attention but they do get noticed…keep them low and slow.

The spawn is on and this means fish need our help to continue Grey Reef’s legendary quality. Please don’t target spawning fish and don’t wade in and through the redds. The Wy Game and Fish released press that said a bead placed no more than 2″ above a fly isn’t illegal BUT snagging fish is illegal.

 

Grey Reef Fly Fishing Report 3/31/14


Central Wyoming Fly Fishing is excellent and this won’t change. Alcova did get a blasting of heavy , wet snow and it is still coming down. This will continue the poor water conditions below Government Bridge. But, the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River should hold strong. These events can create a muddy runoff into Grey Reef Reservoir and that has been known to shut things down for a day or so. The snowpack #s for the North Platte River drainage are excellent and getting stronger. We should probably expect a bump in flows in the next couple weeks. That won’t hurt our feelings at all.

Miracle Mile and Fremont fly fishing reports are good. Road conditions to Miracle Mile will again be poor. Miracle Mile has picked up a touch over the slower production of the past couple weeks. Rigs at all 3 venues have been PSL, scuds, deep purple, foam wing rs2 and Mayhem midges. Streamers are getting limited attention but they do get noticed…keep them low and slow.

The spawn is on and this means fish need our help to continue Grey Reef’s legendary quality. Please don’t target spawning fish and don’t wade in and through the redds. The Wy Game and Fish released press that said a bead placed no more than 2″ above a fly isn’t illegal BUT snagging fish is illegal.

 

Grey Reef Fly Fishing Report – March 6


The Grey Reef Fly Fishing Report is solid fishing in Alcova, Wyoming but the river is green on the true Grey Reef section of the North Platte River, from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge. The upper is where you should focus your efforts due to increased run off as you travel downstream. Today we are expecting 55* and 55mph gusts….a genuine 50/50 day! This will do some major damage to the existing snow and will likely exacerbate the green river conditions.

Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile fishing report is also good. Fremont is clear and fishing particularity well. Miracle Mile access is still a little muddy in spots and fishing good. Now on par with Grey Reef but well worth it.

Thanks for the sore ears! The phones at the shop and lodge have been ringing off the hook and we are very grateful for that. Do not hesitate to call for any reason. If you need a conditions or road report or questions about bugs or the flush…give us a yell. Brad is front and center at The Reef Fly Shop and can give you the play by play as it unfolds.

We are proud to announce that we are now a Patagonia dealer! We have always worn a lot of Patagonia gear for the simple reason that it works better than anything and far outlasts its welcome in our wardrobes. You ever want to just have a new piece of gear because you are tired of the old stuff? Hard to justify it when it is still in great condition, right? Well that is the Patagonia dilemma…you better want that piece of gear for a long time or plan an exit strategy.

Fly Fishing Wyoming 2/24/14


North Platte River / Grey Reef Angling has been on fire. Streamers knocked their socks off yesterday and the nymphing was great. No big fish but high quality Grey Reef trout. Couple lows plowing over the Casper and Alcova, Wyoming region over the next few days. Not terribly warm and not very snowy. No reason to expect any slow fishing so get your waders wet as the weather suits you. The Reef Fly Shop guides have been on the water and are ready for the assault of the 2104 season. The shop has been open in the AM but give a shout if you plan on being here during the week so we will be sure to see you. Miracle Mile fishing report- fishing well but not silly. Fremont Canyon fishing report -fishing is about the same as Miracle Mile. Nymphing is the ticket at both venues but streamers will always get some attention. Neither pack the winter punch of Grey Reef fishing production in general but both are well worth it.

Stay tuned for the “Barn Raising” party details.

Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon Fishing Report


Wyoming fly fishing will be stereotypical over the next several days. Expect Grey Reef and Miracle Mile to fish excellent if you can get your bugs in the water. The Alcova, Wyoming region will be warm and windy. Anglers familiar with Grey Reef understand that the wind can be used to your advantage but you have to play it right. Under the windswept surface of the Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile sections of the North Platte River are thousands of heavily feeding trout and hundreds of those are trophy trout.

Nymph rigs at Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon will be between 6-8′ with appropriate weight and a rusty scud, pine squirrel leech, Reef worm or midge top fly and a midge bottom fly will get them all day long. Tan Sex Dungeons, articulated Goldies, Medusas and black Home Invaders have been effective streamers on a tip with a swing/slow retrieve. The occurrence of browns is impressive and has us scratching our head. The Reef Fly Shop, Cottages & RV will be open so stop in and check out the Mayhem Midges and the BuffTrout hat emporium.

Pegged Beads Memo : The Casper, Wyoming office of the Wyoming Game and Fish issued a memo regarding the illegal use of pegged beads. The law has always been that a fish must willingly take the hook into its mouth or it is considered illegal snagging. They issued a picture showing the only acceptable method of pegging beads and the bead must be touching the eye of the hook. With this arrangement the fish is willingly taking the hook into its mouth. One inch above and it is snagging. Also, the definition of a hook is a hooked device or bait regardless of the number of prongs. Trying to skirt the law by using a Reef worm and a bead pegged above doesn’t change the arrangement. Save your beads for Alaska and tie up some cool midge or baetis patterns for Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Bury your worm box and challenge yourself to be a student of the trout and river…you will be very surprised and your approach to fly fishing will forever change.

For a spirited conversation regarding pegged beads visit The Reef Fly Shop Facebook page.

Fly Fishing Casper Wyoming


Fishing conditions in Casper, Wyoming and upstream to Grey Reef, Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile are not favorable to the angler. The fish are having a great time but air temps this morning are still -10*. However, our temp at Grey Reef is forecast to be 32* today…big turnaround huh? With this will come stout Wyoming wind but this isn’t bad for the angler. The warm winds will fast track a thaw and Grey reef and Miracle Mile will be prime for the fishing once again. Standard winter nymph rigs of scuds, leeches, worms and midge patterns will keep your arm uncomfortable. Streamers, while not going to attract as many fish, will attract high quality trout. The Reef Fly Shop is open and has the Galloup’s patterns as well as our custom flies, like the young classic the Goldie, will give your reel a little exercise.

Have you checked out Casper, Wyoming lately? There are some exciting things happening with cool events and projects on the horizon. The Platte River Revival along with the City of Casper and Wyoming Business Council have funded a large scale effort to restore North Platte River fish habitat within the Casper, Wyoming city limits. This means creating runs and riffles that trout need. Casper has also stepped up to the plate with better dining options and a coming convention center and upscale hotel on the banks of the North Platte River and in downtown Casper. There is a slowly changing trend and the days of “let her deteriorate” are passing us by, thankfully! Excellent fishing, a whitewater park and greenbelt along the river already exist but are improving all the time.

Coming attractions to the Casper, Wyoming area.

~Fly Fishing Film Tour: This event has sold out the past couple years and is gathering more steam. Come visit us at the meet and greet prior to the show. Beer vendors and our popular BuffTrout, The Reef Fly Shop, logo gear will be available.

~Casper Mountain Sled Dog races THIS WEEKEND! Such a cool event that raises a pile of money for local charity. These dogs are animals! Ha.

~Casper Chase Nordic Ski Race coming the first weekend of March. If you didn’t know Casper, Wyoming boasts an amazing Nordic facility. Groomed daily, big log lodge, lights for night skiing and too many miles of trails. Also in the works is an Olympic biathlon facility. Rob Rosser, Olympic Biathlete  Nagano ’98, is the coach of the US Para Olympic biathlon team and is spearheading the development.

~Fat Bike Races and Demos put on by the guys at Fat Fish Racing. They are responsible for the popular local mountain bike race series. Details coming soon but the first race planned is an Enduro with downhill being the timed event…yes Fat Bike Enduro! There will be an eliminator and an cross country race that will be preceded by snowshoe events. If you can’t catch the fat bike series, make sure to bring your mountain bike and explore local mountain bike trails or summer cross country races between casts. There is also a cyclecross series for slop season enthusiasts.

 

Grey Reef Fly Fishing Conditions


Alcova, Wyoming still a touch on the cold side. Typically we might say “suck it up, get out there”. Not right now. Grey Reef , Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon fly fishing are best to dream about for the next couple days. This has been a wintery winter unlike last winter. We will be crawling out of this little hole soon and it will be back to fishing. FYI, cottages are getting pretty booked thurs – sun starting in early March. If you are thinking about a trip give us a shout. Better yet, try to allow yourself to come during the week. You won’t be disappointed.

Pic: Screen grab of the North Platte Lodge weather station at Grey Reef this AM.

Grey Reef & Miracle Mile Fishing Conditions


Squeaky snow over the Grey Reef,  Miracle Mile & Fremont Canyon region. Wyoming is a touch chilly. Fly Fishing Grey Reef or Miracle Mile is probably best postponed for a couple days. This AM it is -14*F at the North Platte Lodge in Alcova, Wyoming and with wind your skin will experience factors of -30*f or more today. Casper Mountain Nordic Center is currently reporting -27*f air temps.

Use this opportunity to tie a few bugs and organize your fly boxes. Our classic North Platte Lodge pattern, the All Day May, has gone through its third major design change and I can’t wait to put it to the test. It started life with a deer hair feature that we changed to zelon and the whiter color years ago…for durability. Now this pattern features a foam back and post. You might be suspicious of our fly bins at The Reef Fly Shop. We use a lot of white foam in our patterns. Why? Simple, white is the best Grey Reef attractor color for bugs. Of course purple and red are good but studies show white as the hero. The foam also make a very durable pattern. Not good for sales but good guides and those who like their flies to last longer than 2 fish. These patterns tied to light tippet and coupled with the appropriate flex rod and reel drag tuned correctly can be used for several days. The foam is a key to how we like to target Grey Reef and Miracle Mile fly fishing. We like short and light rigs that put the bug in the action zone and the foam keeps the fly nice and high. Many people get discouraged with nymphing because of the  lack of feel and questionable use of “lures” and weight. Rarely is a rig longer than 6′ needed. Understanding where the fish are at all phases of the hatch creates a fun and challenging puzzle. Sure you can run a 10′ rig on 2x with a 3/0 shot and pin a couple beads of eagle claw hooks and catch plenty of fish all year long and never have to even think about what is happening. These types of rigs do not require a good drift, they do not require an appropriate and well timed hook set and they don’t require a guide who has intimate knowledge of the Grey Reef fishery. All they require is flopping your junk over the edge of the boat and reeling after the fish snags itself into the rig. Guides call this “fishing for the client”. We call this an abomination of the experience. Our guests appreciate the eye opening results and the realization that these techniques will open doors in how they approach their local fisheries.

Grey Reef Angling Report


Winter Wyoming fly fishing at its best. Grey Reef is fishing very good with nymph rigs and streamer rigs. Nymphs are very consistent and the streamer activity fluctuates from good to very good. The North Platte River was slushy below Government Bridge yesterday and fully iced at the Narrows. Expect portions of  upper Grey Reef to freeze over with our approaching chilly front. It will be below zero tomorrow eve with a high a couple degrees below zero on Wednesday. Wednesday night will be -10* or so. Thursday and Friday also look chilly.