Buggy


Miracle Mile(1,500cfs), Fremont(80cfs) and Grey Reef(500cfs) are all in great shape.  Clear water and the bugs have been popping, especially on Grey Reef.  This is such a fun time of year!  A baetis and midge pattern have been our bread and butter up top, no question.  If you’re heading down low you definitely need some leech patterns as well as some caddis.  Streamers have definitely been on the menu as well, especially if we get some overcast weather.

Spring Time In Wyoming


Well folks, as we write this little report it is snowing!  Some locations more than others.  Casper is currently under about a 10″ blanket of white, while 30 miles to the southwest in Alcova, it might just be a few inches.  Currently the Grey Reef stretch of the North Platte is in good shape.  For about the past week and a half we have been fortunate to have good water conditions from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock, Wyoming.  That’s a lot of fishable water!  Unfortunately it might be different below Casper when the snow starts melting.

Current Flows:

Miracle Mile: 1,526cfs

Fremont Canyon: 72cfs

Grey Reef: 505cfs

Nymphing is currently the name of the game.  Leeches, worms, annelids, midges and baetis patterns are top producers.  3-7ft on the rig length, with anything from a single #4 split shot to 3BB’s.  We know thats a broad range but when the bugs are popping our guides are fishing light/short and when things quiet down a longer rig is more appropriate.

Post Flush and Kortes Rd Closure


Well folks, the flush had ended on Grey Reef and flows are back to 450cfs.  Water conditions as of today are primo!  We have fishable water from Grey Reef dam to Casper,WY.  We do have cold and wet weather forecasted for the week so we will have to see if that impacts the downstream water conditions.

Just a heads up, road construction is expected to start tomorrow on Kortes Rd.  The construction will take place from the bridge at Alcova Dam and end at the Miracle Mile/Fremont Canyon split.  What does this mean?  Well, if you are planning on heading to the Mile you’ll need to go via Pathfinder Rd/Fremont Canyon Rd.  Expected finish date is late September.

Feels Like Spring!


What a beautiful week we have had in Central Wyoming!  Mild, sunny and calm.  As we make our way toward the flush, here’s a few updates.  Flows are currently as follows; Grey Reef(500cfs), Fremont Canyon(72cfs) and Miracle Mile(530cfs +/-).  Currently Grey Reef Reservoir aka The Afterbay is drained to the river channel, this will continue until the start of the flush on March 31.  After that we should see it fill back up.

All and all the fishing has been solid!  Nymphing has been the name of the game with pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, san juans, PALs, rhinestones, mayhems and pulsating emergers being our list of go-to patterns.  With the low flows our rigs have been living in the 4-6.5ft range, with 1-3 b shot depending on the run.  This has been our setup for Grey Reef, Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile.  Keep in mind, with the low flows and clear water conditions, you might want to dial down your tippet size.  Most of our crew has been fishing 4x fluorocarbon to the back fly.

Weather Window


Well, the weather has started to really shape up in Central Wyoming.  Yeah we know, it’s winter but over the past several weeks we have had some beautiful days.  If you follow us on social media you’ve seen that we are officially back on the water.  It’s hard to believe that it is time to start ramping up for another season.  Shop orders will start arriving in the coming weeks.  That means new patterns, a FULLY stocked fly bin, new gear and more.

So, as for the current North Platte fly fishing report…flows are low and steady and the fishing is solid!  Grey Reef is currently at 450cfs, Fremont Canyon 72cfs, and Miracle Mile is hovering around 530cfs.  And everyone is running nice and clear.  Nymphing and streamers are the name of the game but with the right conditions and a midge hatch we are seeing a few fish on top.  Nymph rigs for this time of year are 4-7ft, 1-3B shot…it really just depends on the type and depth of water you are in.  Of course the most popular flies to date are as follows; pine squirrel leeches(natural/brown/black), reef worms, PALs, rhinestones, brassies and mayhems.  If you go the streamer route a short sink tip or an intermediate line tethered to an articulated goldie or a rusty should do the trick.

Let’s hope we keep getting some windows of nice weather and when we do, give us a shout and take advantage of our offseason  day trip/cottage packages. 307-232-9128

Happy Holidays


First things first, we’d like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our crew to all of you!  We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

For those of you that keep up with our weather, you’re probably noticed the lack of “nice” days over the past few weeks.  Well, as we discussed in the last report, that’s just the way it can be this time of year in Central Wyoming.  But when the weather has lined up, the fishing continues to be good.  It most certainly has been more of an late morning/afternoon program for Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef.  Our list of top flies right now are the following; pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, orange scuds, PALs, rhinestones and mayhems.  The most productive water continues to be the mid to lower half of the run, concentrating on the slower/deeper water.  One last thing, as of right now Grey Reef is floatable to Lusby but that will more than likely change with colder temperatures expected next week.  As always we will keep everyone updated on the current conditions but if your planning on heading out don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail or give us a call at the shop.

Bring Your ‘A’ Game


Firstly, sorry for the lack of reports recently.  We have been working on our new website.  We still have some tweaking left to do but we hope you enjoy the new site!

So, how’s the fishing?  Let us start with water conditions on the North Platte.  Both Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon are slightly off color.  This can be attributed to reservoir turnover.  Both systems are still fishing relatively well, just don’t expect great clarity.  Grey Reef on the other hand is in great shape.  Clear conditions from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock, WY.  Per usual the vegetation is more concentrated on Upper Grey Reef, as it is every year at this time.  That being said, that’s where the most consistent dry fly fishing is happening.  But it’s not easy.  It’s technical and a whole lot of fun!  Tricos, pseudos and some baetis.  Break out the longer leaders and 5X and get ready to get abused.  This fish are full of fight and it’s a battle to keep them out of the vegetation. But again, it’s sooo fun!  If that’s not your game, you can always head down low to avoid the veg and run the nymph or streamer program…and you also find less technical dry fly eating fish.

Why North Platte Lodge in 2020?


This is why^

Current Fishing report for Miracle Mile and Grey Reef is very good and the outlook is excellent. Clarity and temps are great at both venues. Grey Reef flows remain at 3600cfs and Miracle Mile flows are 2400cfs. Expect solid PMD, caddis and Yellow Sallie hatches at both tailwaters while Miracle Mile is enjoying excellent Golden Stone Fly activity and that should continue for the next couple weeks!

Fishing: What to expect for the remainder of 2020? Hoppers and Tricos in the near future! Central Wyoming is littered with grasshoppers and it’ll make for some of the funnest fishing you’ve ever experienced. Mid July through mid September is the range. Tricos are our daily and ultra consistent dry fly opportunity from mid July through mid October. Psuedo and crane fly fishing will ramp up mid September then the baetis will take over from there and stealing some glory from the daily caddis activity that covers the rest of the season. Streamer activity will be solid throughout with it really picking up mid October through mid November. Nymphing wont slow down and resident invertebrates keep our trout fat all year long.

Hunting: We start our big game hunting program in August with archery antelope and continue through November adding elk and deer to the schedule. Sage Grouse opens the 3rd week of September and is always a popular cast and blast option. Don’t miss this! Early season waterfowl starts late September and is another excellent cast and blast option.

Access, Experience and Location This is why you choose North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop, Cottages & RV.  We are the only private properties at Grey Reef, nothing can touch our location. Experience, simply put the most experienced crew on the lower North Platte River…bar none. We are the first permitted Grey Reef guiding operation, first lodge and shop on the river, since 1998 anglers have trusted us to provide an unparalleled angling experience. We employ sporting techniques and set the bar with regard to rejecting non sporting angling approaches. Our guides won’t take you down that rabbit hole because their experience and knowledge of the river means they don’t have to.

Accommodations and new lodging programs: North Platte Lodge Overlooking upper Grey Reef, the lodge welcomes up to 12 anglers in 6 rooms. Book as a single angler up to corporate and group options consuming the entire facility. A traditional lodge package includes all meals and guided fishing or hunting. The ultimate in convenience and seclusion with great meals and incredible views. The boat main ramp is one minute away. 2020 B&B Option due to the odd circumstances of 2020 we have some lodge vacancies and have begun to offer a bed and breakfast option. Book the entire lodge for your party of up to 12 guests with minimum stay of 3 eves. Breakfast is provided. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed off site or you can add that service as an a la carte option. You may also add guided fishing trips as an a la carte option. Wyoming has become very popular during the covid era due to our seclusion, fresh air, and economical yet high quality and authentic experiences. Cottages and RV sites We have 4 great vacation rentals at The Reef Fly Shop that have full kitchens and grills and house up to 4 guests each. They are always a popular choice for our guided fishing guests, unguided anglers and those wanting to explore the Alcova area’s historic, and cultural sites and our local water recreation lakes (Alcova and Pathfinder Reservoirs) a stone’s throw away. The RV sites are basic and feature 20/30/50 amp service with sewer and fresh water available and the best bathhouse in the biz.

The Reef Fly Shop  307.232.9128 This is where you go for the most up to date advice, grab some bugs and a Bufftrout cap, book a 2 hour primer trip (intro to Grey Reef) or a half or full day guided fishing trip, rent a drift boat or grab a six pack or 2. Top shelf gear at Grey Reef and one minute to the main boat ramp…

Let’s be diligent and have a great time in 2020.

 

 

Spring Fly Fishing, Barbless Pledge and the Flushing Flows


Wyoming is sparsely populated with people but densely populated with trout. The fly fishing at Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef is firing on all cylinders. Slowly retrieved streamers are getting some love but the most effective rigs have been a scud/midge nymph rig with pretty light tippet and keeping the midge up in the water column a little bit. The Reef Fly Shop has a great selection of custom foam winged (buoyant) patterns to accomplish this approach. Worms and leeches are also good lead patterns. Miracle Mile has a pretty strong preference for red San Juan Worms or Bead Head Mohair Leeches, Fremont Canyon likes light tippet and a rig with 2 midges. Focusing on soft edges and tailouts is a really good idea but don’t discount shelves and riffles in heavier parts of the daily midge hatch.

Give us a shout if you are shopping for an awesome domestic fly fishing package for 2020. We are easy to fly and drive to and can compete with any destination in the world when it comes to the experience and high quality fishing. We have a great corporate and group option (including reduced rates and airport transportation) as well. We have Grey Reef’s most experienced guide staff, best location and unmatched private access since 1998.

The Flushing Flows are scheduled to begin March 28 and continue for 10 days. Many factors can alter the schedule so expect some changes. Grey Reef Reservoir will be down to the river channel on March 24th.

We pledged to fish barbless over 20 years ago and hope you’ll join us. It is really simple to pinch your barbs and it is the right thing to do for our trout population and catch-and-release fly fishing. Recently we’ve witnessed an uptick of social media accounts almost glorify pictures of trout that are missing parts of their face. This is caused by irresponsible angling. There are many things we can do to reduce the instances of disfigured trout but pinching barbs is the first step. Let’s not make the fish suffer for our lack of ability. Preserve trout faces at Grey Reef and fisheries everywhere by pledging to pinch your and your fishing customers’ barbs.

This brown was proud to swim away with all lips

 

 

Spring Fly Fishing, Barbless Pledge and the Flushing Flows


Wyoming is sparsely populated with people but densely populated with trout. The fly fishing at Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef is firing on all cylinders. Slowly retrieved streamers are getting some love but the most effective rigs have been a scud/midge nymph rig with pretty light tippet and keeping the midge up in the water column a little bit. The Reef Fly Shop has a great selection of custom foam winged (buoyant) patterns to accomplish this approach. Worms and leeches are also good lead patterns. Miracle Mile has a pretty strong preference for red San Juan Worms or Bead Head Mohair Leeches, Fremont Canyon likes light tippet and a rig with 2 midges. Focusing on soft edges and tailouts is a really good idea but don’t discount shelves and riffles in heavier parts of the daily midge hatch.

Give us a shout if you are shopping for an awesome domestic fly fishing package for 2020. We are easy to fly and drive to and can compete with any destination in the world when it comes to the experience and high quality fishing. We have a great corporate and group option (including reduced rates and airport transportation) as well. We have Grey Reef’s most experienced guide staff, best location and unmatched private access since 1998.

The Flushing Flows are scheduled to begin March 28 and continue for 10 days. Many factors can alter the schedule so expect some changes. Grey Reef Reservoir will be down to the river channel on March 24th.

We pledged to fish barbless over 20 years ago and hope you’ll join us. It is really simple to pinch your barbs and it is the right thing to do for our trout population and catch-and-release fly fishing. Recently we’ve witnessed an uptick of social media accounts almost glorify pictures of trout that are missing parts of their face. This is caused by irresponsible angling. There are many things we can do to reduce the instances of disfigured trout but pinching barbs is the first step. Let’s not make the fish suffer for our lack of ability. Preserve trout faces at Grey Reef and fisheries everywhere by pledging to pinch your and your fishing customers’ barbs.

This brown was proud to swim away with all lips