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.
Fly fishing Central Wyoming will be comfortable and productive for the remainder of the week. The Grey Reef section of the North Platte River will be flirting with 50*f high temps! Miracle Mile will be a couple degrees cooler. Roads to Miracle Mile are fine and upper Grey Reef is floatable. The boys have had some very productive streamer fishing this week and the nymphing is even better. Keeping the streamer low and level and the nymph just slightly suspended.
Spring angling on Grey Reef is an experience that should be on every anglers bucket list. The trout are feeding with enthusiasm that won’t be duplicated for the remainder of the year. March and April are excellent. We do have the pleasure of a longer spring flushing flow on Grey Reef now. Expect a 10 day flush. Also expect the opportunity to catch fish in places that aren’t available the rest of the year. Who knew Alcova, Wyoming could be a fly fishing destination like it has grown to be?
We have a few pieces of exciting news to share but will tease until we get the go-ahead. Stay tuned!
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.
Fly fishing Grey Reef was a tough proposition yesterday. Winds over the North Platte River Valley were nuking. Of course, Jackson was in the midst of a huge snow event…that’s how it works. We had a little rain last night and this AM is calm. We do have guide boats on the water today and will get a report as soon as possible. In the meantime a standard nymph rig with a scud, leech, worm and midge is a slam dunk. 6-8′ leaders and a bit of weight. Slow deep tailouts and seems are the place to concentrate most of your efforts. But, as the hatch is in full swing snug up into the drops and riffles. A slow retrieve on a streamer rig has also been good. Keep the streamer low and level!
Spring is fast upon us and we are expecting our typical excellent fishing. Call 307.237.1182 if you are interested in a full lodge package, cottages or guided fly fishing. Our early season specials run through March 31st. Day trips are $350, a day trip and one night in a cottage is $450, two nights one day is only $525. Plus you get 17 miles of exclusive Grey Reef fishing access and an awesome location/accommodations.
We are offering bed and breakfast specials at the North Platte Lodge for early season. If you are bringing a group and all want to be in one location(the best) we can take take care of you regardless if you are fishing with us or not or not fishing at all. Our facility makes a great corporate retreat.
The Grey Reef crew worked them yesterday. North Platte River was warm and bluebird with a little wind but the fishing was very good. No new news on the bugs of choice EXCEPT you should check out a few of our patterns newly released for sale in the shop. The Mayhem Midge comes to mind. These new patterns combine elements of simplicity, durability and the things that we love about FLY FISHING. So much fun to learn about the nature and behavior of trout and go outside the box. Fish pushing into unusual areas and continually suspending very high in the water column to take advantage of the hatch. We like flies that will preform from the bottom to the film and everything in between.
It appears the Wyoming Fishing Regulations may have been amended to make enforcement of pinned bead/snagging rigs much easier. We will see how this plays out?
North Platte Lodge has a few very nice April availabilities. April is arguably the most desirable month on Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Call for dates and package prices.
Yesterday was quiet on Grey Reef despite very nice conditions. Today is touch windy over the Alcova region. We will have guides on the water today and will post their findings as they report.
Grey Reef fishing was very good yesterday. Report from the guides was consistent and non-stop activity. Just how we like it. Alcova received a couple inches of snow overnight but not enough to cause concern. Wyoming HWY 220 is slick but that should be remedied with a little sun this AM. No fishing report from Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon yesterday but there is no reason for those to be less than great. Our off season Grey Reef fishing and lodging packages are a great inexpensive getaway…not to mention the fishing in the winter is generally excellent. Quiet and peaceful is the upper North Platte River during the winter months.
Grey Reef is expecting a little snow over the next 24 hours so will be prime fishing conditions. Dropping pressure generally accompanies calm conditions and excited fish. The North Platte River is open and floating the upper is good to go. This weekend is looking very nice and we do have a cottage still available. Same winter rigs as always and on calm days the midges hatch brings them to the surface. The dry fly fishing is finicky but a great challenge. Miracle Mile fly fishing is productive and the roads are currently in good shape. Fremont Canyon is also fishing well and well worth the quick trip up there.
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Wishing everybody a happy and fun 2013!
I guess it is time to drop the news that we have been hinting about and if you have been in the area you would have noticed the construction activities.
NPL: The managers residence is being converted to a residence style guest space. It will feature 2 rooms and 2 baths with a separate entry room and a living room. This space will also be available as just 2 additional guest rooms. The lodge is getting a new kitchen addition and a complete remodel of the upper level. Trent and Katherine will be moving a few steps out of the lodge into their own on-site residence.
The Reef Fly Shop: The fly shop will look quite a bit different. Phase one will feature 4 cottages of nearly 600 square feet ea nestled near the cliff with awesome views of Grey Reef and walking access to fish the afterbay section river and just a few steps to meet your guide at The Reef Fly Shop. They will have full baths with tile surround, on demand water heaters, dual flush Toto toilets. Full kitchens with full sized stainless appliances. Each cottage has a large bedroom and living room complete with comfortable sleeping arrangement for up to 4 guests. Lots of natural light and amazing views from inside OR out on the large patios. Each cottage is separate so you won’t be sharing any walls with strangers.
RV sites: The Reef Fly Shop will also have a small 15 space RV park. 5 of the spaces will feature full hookups while the remaining 10 spaces will all have 50 amp power services and access to a water station and dump station. An oversized bathhouse with showers, heads and lavs will be added to the back of the shop. The old barn will see a facelift and be available as an informal meeting space.
We are very excited to see some of our plans finally coming to fruition. Many of our new rooms are already spoken for so it seems we are heading in the right direction. Our biggest priority is to keep the small, intimate feel of our operation while allowing guests to Alcova to enjoy clean and classy accommodations.
Fishing Report: That is why you are here isn’t it?! Fishing remains very good on Grey Reef. Icy and slushy below Lusby but stick to the upper couple miles and you will be in good shape. Midges, scuds, worms and leeches are top choices. The water is chilly so a good dead drift and setting on any movement of the indicator is key. Fremont is cold with sluggish fish. Mile is fishing well and worms and leeches are picking them up consistently. I would fish a size 20 PAL below a leech.
What an amazing day! Warm, calm with outdoor opportunities all around us. Another stellar day on the ditch. Dry fly was apparently hard to resist. Looks like conditions will be like this for several more days. Some of the crew are going to try to get a quick fishing trip of our own before things turn more winter-like next weekend.
After several boring hours in front of the computer this AM I strapped the bike on the car and ran up Casper Mountain to ride some single track and shake out the cobwebs. Who do I meet on the trail but my dentist. This guy is an endurance maniac. Bikes, running and skiing are his thing. He looks at me and says “hey! your doing Movember too”. I quickly remember Movember and realize he is noticing my pathetic attempt at a ‘stache…he has one too. This is pretty funny and the wives and not smiling. Are you participating? What does your wife think about it?
We have several beardsmen on the crew including Trent, JJ and Adam. Adam changes his up with his moods. Might be a mustache or beard in different configurations. Trent and JJ do the trad even trimmed lumberjack scarf.
We have some big plans in the works for 2013. They will appeal to almost all Grey Reef visitors…stay tuned. The 2013 schedule is already very tight with April seeing a big surge. This season had an amazing April with typical great fishing but amazing weather to match. The last couple Aprils haven’t been so kind. We are expecting another mild spring (if weather patterns have any consistency with uniformitarianism?). 2013 will be a low water spring, unlike the last couple springs, as the reservoirs have plenty of room for a good runoff. We bet Grey Reef anglers will be active by mid February and we will be ready.
Pic: Tatum shot of a release last week