Another Blast


Well it looks like we might be breaking out of another 36hr arctic blast.  The snow has finally stopped and the cold temps are settling in, lows today and tomorrow are set to be in the negatives.  The upside, we should be back above freezing by weeks end.

Current conditions are as follows…

Current Flows:

Grey Reef: 450cfs (*No floating Grey Reef to Lusby for the next few days.)   

Fremont Canyon: 76cfs  

Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/- (*As always this time of year use caution if you are thinking about venturing to the Mile.  Make sure to check with someone local and be prepared.)

We were on Upper Grey Reef this past week and the fishing was pretty legit.  Temperatures were in the mid 20s and it was a little breezy, so nymphing definitely seemed like the thing to do.  The handful of fish we caught on nymphs all ate a hot head leech, black with a chartreuse head or brown with orange.  Decided to break out the streamer after an hour or so of relatively “slow” fishing.  I think the first six casts got a grab or a hook up.  The next few hours delivered close to a couple of dozen of grabs on a single rusty-t, on a slow swing and strip.  They were definitely all about the streamer!

 

 

More Snow


It seems this year we are staying a little more consistent on the snow.  Southern and Central Wyoming has been seeing storm systems at least once, if not two times a week.  Snow pack in the North Platte drainage is anywhere from 116%-165%.  That’s pretty darn good if you ask us. Hopefully we continue to keep piling it on!

Now let’s talk about the conditions and the fishing…

Current Flows:

Grey Reef: 450cfs (*Floatable from Grey Reef Dam to Lusby.)   

Fremont Canyon: 76cfs  

Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/- (*As always this time of year use caution if you are thinking about venturing to the Mile.  Make sure to check with someone local and be prepared.)

What flies are working?  Here’s Mason Bouffard’s top pick nymphs….

PALs, rhinestones, leeches(brown, natural, UV brown and hot head) scuds(amber, orange and olive), reef worms and mayhems.

Remember to concentrate on the lower half of the run.  If the water looks deep and slow, fish it!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!


We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year.  Here’s to 2023!  Well, we are starting the year off right in Central Wyoming.  As we write this little report we are on the backend of a two day snow event that has taken snowpack above 120% in the entire North Platte River drainage.  We like it!

Otherwise things are good here, just getting dialed in for the upcoming season.  Before this latest storm the weather was pretty nice and we actually had a few boats on the water to round out the year.  When you get the weather windows the fishing has been pretty solid!  So here’s an updated conditions/fishing report for all of you winter anglers…

Current Flows:

Grey Reef: 450cfs  

Fremont Canyon: 76cfs  

Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/- (*As always this time of year use caution if you are thinking about venturing to the Mile.  Make sure to check with someone local and be prepared.)

Top Flies:

Nymphs: amber scud, ray charles(tan), rhinestone, PAL, pine squirrel leech(brown or natural), mayhem midge(black), reef worm, hot head pine squirrel leech(chartreuse and black)

Streamers: rusty-t, articulated goldie, goldie w/ a pine squirrel leech trailer

 

 

Blanket of White


Central Wyoming is covered in snow.  After about 24hrs straight we are probably looking at 8-10″ in the Alcova area.  That’s a pretty good amount of snow for us!  Let us hope the upper drainage is getting it as well.  Enough with the weather, here’s an updated fishing report for the North Platte River.

Current Flows:

Grey Reef: 450cfs   Fremont Canyon: 76cfs   Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/-

Top Flies:

Nymphs: amber scud, rhinestone, PAL, pine squirrel leech, mayhem midge, reef worm

Streamers: rusty t, goldie, articulated goldie, Seth special, twin lakes special 

Conditions are what you would expect for mid-winter.  Low and clear.  With temperatures dropping, lower Grey Reef (downstream of Lusby) is rolling some slush ice and shelf ice is building as we speak.  So if you want to hit the Reef, planning on staying up top.  As of yesterday the upper is still floatable but that could change any day.  With this storm you also want to be careful if you have plans to head out to the Mile.  Adhere to the old Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”.  We don’t currently have updated road conditions after this past storm but…our guess is, it’s probably pretty sporty heading that direction.  Overall, the fish have mostly slid in their winter haunts.  Plan on concentrating on the lower half of the run.  Now, we aren’t ruling out fish in other places it’s just gonna be a little more productive in the slower, deeper water.  Primetime has been late morning, early afternoon as you would expect.

The Winter Program


First things first, here is our winter schedule for the shop.

CURRENT SHOP HOURS:

Thursday-Monday: 8AM-1PM

Tuesday and Wednesday: CLOSED

A quick little fishing report for you folks.  It’s pretty much winter in Central Wyoming.  Flows are down to winter levels and we are starting to see some slush ice on lower sections of Grey Reef.  Nymphing and streamers have been the way to go on Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon.  Various scud patterns, rhinestones, PALs, reef worms, leeches and mayhems have been our top producers.  The most productive nymphing water has been the mid to lower sections of the runs.  Some fish are definitely starting to hunker into their winter patterns.  Streamers (i.e. Rusty T and/or a Goldie) have been producing some nice fish, just remember to slow down your strip with the colder water temperatures.

October!!!


September went by in a flash and it did not disappoint!  As we round out the first ten days of October, all we can say is that it has been a dandy thus far.  Weather and conditions are primo!!  Flows on Grey Reef remain at 500cfs and the river is clear, extremely clear, especially down low.  Conditions are prime for the picking from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock.  Miracle Mile is in good shape as well, not quite the clarity but fishing has been good.  But as you would expect it has been busy with both fisherman and fall hunting camps.  Fremont Canyon is at it’s low flow as well (72cfs) and the water is off-colored.

So what’s happening on the fishing front?  Well, to start you need to be rigged for just about anything and everything right now.  We are still seeing good numbers of tricos and pseudos, making for some legit dry fly-fishing.  One of our guides even got a few to eat a hopper the other day.  We are also starting to see some fish really moving for streamers.  Nymphing is good, per usual.  Our rigs have been 2-6ft, a single #4 split to 2 ABs…it just depends on the depth and the speed of the water you are fishing.  Our top nymphs have been pheasant tails, foam wing RS2s, mayhems, pat’s rubber legs and PALs.

Feels a Little Like Fall


Cool and rainy this morning in Central Wyoming.  Not gonna lie, it feels pretty good!  We are officially at the midpoint of September and we are right where we are supposed to be.  Flows on Grey Reef are at 500cfs, Miracle Mile 530cfs and Fremont is holding steady at 75cfs.  Everything is fishing well, actually really well.  Water temperatures have dropped to a more comfortable level and conditions, especially on Grey Reef, are primo.

Pretty standard when we see the drop in flows, Grey Reef is running very clear and the vegetation is far less of a hinderance.  That being said, it has been buggy and the fish are looking up.  Huge trico numbers in the morning and pseudos in the afternoon.  Our Grey Reef guides have pretty much been rowing around looking for heads.  A little longer leader, tethered to 4X or 5X with a single dry (i.e. para adams, trico spinner), or a double fly rig with something a little bulkier (i.e. X caddis) with a trico spinner dropper. If dry fly fishing isn’t your thing, you can still catch them on trusty nymph rig.  Our go-to nymphs have been PALs, RS2 foam-wings in black and grey, pheasant tails, Pat’s rubber legs and/or a black two-bit hooker.  Our nymph rigs have been between 3-6ft in length and anything from no weight to 1-2BB split shot.  It really just depends on the type of water you are fishing.

Agosto


Hard to believe we are already nine days into the month of August!  It’s been a busy summer for us and will continue to be for the coming months.  Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year…it’s been a good one thus far.  So, here’s a little fishing/water conditions report for everyone.  Flows on Grey Reef have dropped to 2,600cfs, clarity is excellent and water temps on the upper are 60.5 degrees as of this afternoon.  Miracle Mile is still sitting at a low and slow 540cfs, clarity is marginal and water temps are probably leaning on being a little too warm (we have not had any guides on the Mile for several weeks to report an exact temperature).  Fremont Canyon is currently flowing at 400cfs, clarity is marginal there as well and the water temperatures are around 60 degrees.

So as for the fishing, our guides have been spending their time on Grey Reef.  We are continuing to see consistent trico numbers in the morning and we are definitely finding some fish up on the surface.  After that subsides our Grey Reef guides have been switching over to a nymph rig.  Foam wing RS2, pheasant tail, birds nest, poxyback…these are a few of our top nymphs right now.  So what about hoppers?  We are getting some fish to eat the hopper, for sure.  The number of fish eating really seems to depend on the day and the float.  Otherwise, if you are willing to strike out early or stay on late, streamers are in play as well.  Top streamer right now, the trusty rusty t, of course.

Rolling Along


Well, we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!  We were booked out solid this past weekend at both the lodge and the cottages.  It’s definetly feeling like summer around here with temperatures in the 90s this coming week.  Flows remain the same on the Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef.  Water temperatures are in the 50s for all three and the fish are full of it!  We have seen a decent number of golden stones over the past few weeks on the Mile, with few fish on top but the most success coming subsurface(i.e. Pat’s rubber legs).  Grey Reef is starting to go through the bug progressions with sallies, pmds and caddis popping off daily.  This should only get better in the coming weeks.

It’s Officially Summer


Well, kind of.  This morning feels more like late spring, with highs today only reaching the 60s.  Short lived, it should start warming back up on Monday.  Let’s start with flows and conditions.  Currently Grey Reef has settled in at 3,000cfs and is fishable from Grey Reef dam to Casper, WY.  The Miracle Mile is holding at 1,500cfs and we are seeing some golden stones starting to pop.  Fremont Canyon has been bumped up to 650cfs.  With flows stabilizing on Grey Reef we should start working back into our hatch progressions.  As water temperatures start increasing (it is currently 46F at @ Grey Reef) we should start seeing PMDs, sallies and more caddis.  So if your headed this way make sure to grab some of the staples, i.e. san juan worms, pine squirrel leeches, etc.  Something big and tasty followed by a PMD nymph seemed to work well this past week.