Trico Time!


As we hit the middle of August Tricos are in full swing here on the Reef and the fishing is still great! We are seeing a very healthy Trico hatch from early in the morning until about 9-10am. If you’re nymphing black RS2s and Mayhem Midges have been the ticket. We haven’t been seeing too much surface action for the Trico hatch, but if you hit it on the right day you can have some shots at sipping trout. Throwing smaller mayfly patterns or trico specific flies might get these sippers to eat. As the day goes on PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, and Stoneflies have all been in the mix and productive. As was the case in early August, some sort of flashy bead head with an emerger off the back can’t really be beaten when nymphing. We have yet to see hopper action pick up, but that may mean just a later and greater season on that front. Of course we have to cover the topic of grass and weeds in the river as well because this time of year is when they really pop up. Surprisingly this year it isn’t that bad yet, but it seems like the grass is growing by the minute. The key to fishing when the weeds really come in is finding where channels open up and drifting your nymph rigs through there. Looking for faster current and deeper shelves where there grass doesn’t grow as high should be your target. Your first instinct may be to shorten up and lighten up in order to drift over the weeds, but you’d be surprised to see how many trout are actually living in the grass, making drifting a little bit deeper through the channels much more effective.

That’s all for this report, hopefully next report we will be able to give you all some good news about the hopper bite!

Post Storm Fly Fishing Report and Grey Reef Flush Update!


While most of Wyoming and Colorado was hit by a major winter storm Alcova and Grey Reef hardly got an inch of snow! The roads are all opening up and the weather this weekend looks prime! Our cottages are full this weekend, but we still have guide availability. Please Call the shop for updated Miracle mile road reports.

The flush of Grey Reef is NOT happening this year due to a few different circumstances. Do not worry, the fishing has been and will remain good. We saw increased flows in October last year and that cleared out a ton of sediment and debris from the spawning areas. Honestly the fishing every year is usually the same pre flush as it is post flush. It’s just kind of a different and fun way to kick off to the season. We just beefed up our snowpack with the last storm and should hopefully be able to fill some of our reservoirs.

Flies: Fishing has been really good on all three tailwaters, conveniently the flies are similar for all of them. Leeches in brown, olive, natural #10, Reef Worms in red and purple #12-18, Scuds in olive, pink and orange #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-18, Mayhem Midges black and purple #18-20, All day May in olive #18, PAL #16-20, and Rhinestone in #18-20 have all been great patterns the past few weeks!

Flows: Flows are low and will stay that way for the next few weeks. The only change we are supposed to see is Grey Reef go back up to 500 CFS from 400CFS

Grey Reef-400 CFS

Miracle Mile-500 CFS

Fremont canyon- 72 CFS

If you have any questions feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call!

Spring Weather is Here! North Platte Fly Fishing Report!


Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! The fishing has been great and have guide trips out quite a bit! The weather looks great for the next ten days and the fish are on the feed! We still have our shoulder season rates going through March 15th and some availability left! Call the shop and lets get your 2021 fishing season started off right!

There has been no official announcement of the 2021 Flush. We will update our social pages and this report once we have confirmed dates. The flush is historically set for the second week of March.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS Fishing has been great on The Reef as you would expect from the North PLatte’s most consistent fishery. Leeches have been the top producer. Chocolate, natural and olive are all working well. Reef worms in red and purple, the Reef’s PAL, mayhem midges, tubing midges, and the Rhinestone are all getting fish too! The river is open from the Dam to Government bridge!

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell- 75 CFS It has been pretty busy up there so you might want to sixe down your tippet and get a little “techy”. Mini rigs for midges and good presentations!  The PAL, Tubing midges, Reef worms, Rhinestones, Mayhem Midges, and pheasant tails.

Miracle Mile – 530 CFS Fishing has been good lately but also have to deal with some crowds. Leeches are still the go to followed by Reef worms and san juan worms, the PAL, rhinestone and mayhem midges. Theres been sgreat midge hatches out there everyday!

Give us a call or stop be the shop if you have any questions!

 

Mild Winter


It has been a strangely mild winter in Central Wyoming, no doubt. Moderate temperatures and lackluster snowfall, it’s a marked contrast from this time last year. Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont are all in great shape and fishing well. Flows have stabilized, with roughly 500cfs (current flows as of 1/27/2021: Miracle Mile-490cfs, Fremont-72cfs, and Grey Reef-501cfs) moving down the system, top to bottom. We have mostly been spending our time on Grey Reef as of late. And just a heads up, with some colder days/nights mixed in, floating to Lusby can be questionable. That being said make sure you check in with us or someone local before committing to floating.
Nymphs, streamers with the occasional dry-fly pod seems to be the name of the game. Standard nymph fare-leeches, reef worms, scuds, PALs, mayhems are a great place to start. Fish are definitely concentrated at the middle to lower half of the run, so think a little longer-5-8ft, 1-3 BB split shot, 3X and 4X tippet. Streamers are definitely worth your time as well. An intermediate line or a small sink-tip is working well on a slow strip. Single hooked or small articulated patterns in white, tan and/or olive have being working best. And on the calm days keep your eyes peeled for fish on top. It’s been nothing crazy but we are getting a few on various midge dries.

Welcome to 2021! North Platte Fly Fishing Report!


Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fun and safe holidays. We are back to being open everyday of the week from 8:00 to 2:00 and still have some awesome deals in the shop before our 2021 gear arrives. We had guides out over the past week and had some good weather and great fishing! We fished The Mile, Afterbay, and Grey Reef, as usual The Reef outshined them all.

We have our shoulder season rates going on until March 15th: Half Day Guided trip- $350, Full day Guided trip- $450 1 night in a cottage and 1 full day guided fishing-$575, and 2 nights in a cottage and 1 full day guided trip- $625. This is a great time to fish the North Platte with no crowds and good fishing!

Flows are up in Fremont and the Miracle Mile as they are filling up Alcova reservoir. Miracle Mile is flowing at 1,200 CFS and Fremont is around 2,2,00 CFS. They are still very fishable just focus on the slower tailouts and edges of runs.

Flies are similar on all three tailwaters right now: Pine Squirrel leeches, Reef Worms, Scuds, Mayhem Midges, tubing midges, the LAZY, the brassie, and RS2’s have all been working. Some days it definitely pays off to be shorter, lighter, and higher up in the water column. Other days it seems you have to be deep and heavy, so I always start off short and light and work my way down from there. Streamer fishing has also been working: Goldies, Rusty Trombone, kreelex, peacock buggers, and all peanut envys are the go-tos.

If you have any questions or want to book your next trip give us a call or stop by the shop!

Lowering Alcova Reservoir and the Grey Reef Trophy Trout Season


Grey Reef is the ultra-tailwater. This is a phrase we use to describe what the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River is and why it is such a consistent, productive, and trophy class fishery. We are blessed to have 5 reservoirs, closely spaced, immediately upstream from Grey Reef Dam. Two of these giant “settling ponds”, Seminoe and Pathfinder, are both very large each boasting a million acre-foot volume. The other unique feature to the arrangement of Grey Reef and its supporting impoundments are that there are no major mountain ranges to collect a snowpack and very sandy and rocky substrate that fails to create a traditional runoff scenario below the head of Seminoe Reservoir, the first lake in the system. Pre runoff fishing is superb,  peak runoff and Grey Reef is often the only good option in the game, post runoff is stellar and late season fishing is still rocking with a healthy water supply and heavily foraging trout. Water demand is reduced with the end of the irrigating season so Grey Reef flows are reduced to a very floatable, wadable, and productive 500cfs for the remainder of the fall and winter season.

This October Grey Reef is being utilized as a surrogate to unwanted water in Alcova Reservoir. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled some needed maintenance on Alcova Dam and as a result, they are lowering the level of the lake significantly. Since Oct 1st Grey Reef flows have been over 2000cfs or 4 to 5 times the “normal” October volume. This isn’t high water but it is high for the time of year. It has created some unique opportunities and big fish production has been a very welcomed result. But, what we might be the most excited about is the moment the BuRec cuts the surplus flows to Grey Reef. Imagine all of those crawdads and young-of-the-year fish displaced and scurrying to relocate into or near their normal October habitat. While the old fall flush is a fond memory of the past, this abrupt reduction of flows should parallel that event.

As of 10/19/20 Grey Reef flows are at 1300cfs and Miracle Mile Flows are 540cfs. Grey Reef streamer fishing has been exceptional and will only improve. Wade anglers thrive at these flows.

Big Flows, Big Fish


Uncommon for October, flows on Grey Reef(since October 1) have been in the 2,100-2,800cfs range.  For those unaware, Alcova Dam is needing a little rejuvenation and lake levels will need to drop 39 vertical feet to accomplish the task-hence the increased flows.  All things considered, Grey Reef is in pretty good shape.  The first couple of days were a little rough but after things stabilized and conditions have been good, especially on the upper river.  On that note and to be honest, the increased flows have made the fishing a little more inconsistent than normal.  We are not seeing the numbers(by Grey Reef standards) that we are used to but we are seeing some big ones hit the net.  25″ has been broken multiple times in the past week.  If your headed our way, expect to throw the bigger stuff.  Leeches, worms, crayfish, craneflies, scuds, etc…not to say you can’t get them to eat some bugs, the larger critters just seem to be working better.  Flows are expected to go back to the winter program(500cfs) on October 21.  Excited to see what happens…

Fishing Report


It’s hard to believe September starts next week.  From the looks of it, our first taste of fall may come with it.  After weeks in the 90s, 70 degree weather will feel pretty good!  As for the fishing report, let us start with updated water flows…

GREY REEF-1,500cfs

MIRACLE MILE-800cfs

FREMONT-72cfs

With dropping flows on Grey Reef, water conditions are excellent from the Dam to Casper and beyond.  So how’s the fishing?  In our opinion, about as fun as it gets.  This is the most technical time of year for Grey Reef.  Looking for pods of picky trico eating fish in the morning and transitioning to hoppers in the afternoon.  Longer leaders and lighter tippet(4X and 5X) are the name of the game if your going to be throwing dries.  For tricos we prefer a attractor dry(i.e. para adams, sparkle para adams, purple rooster) with a trico spinner dropper.  This is the time of year you can fish dries all day long.  Woohoo!

So considering the hot, dry conditions and decreasing flows-we need to touch on water temperatures.  Temps on the lower reaches are something to be very considerate of this time of the year.  With these warmer temperatures we ask folks to float early and/or late, minimize the handling of fish and pinch your barbs for a quick release.

 

 

Hoppertunities Abound! 7/20/2020


The fishing lately has been really fun, a good mix of nymphing, hoppers, and even a handful of streamers! Flows just dropped on The Mile and are still holding steady on Grey Reef and Fremont, but we do expect a drop in soon. The Weather has been in the low 90’s with some breeze in the afternoon which is a perfect storm for hopper fishing! If you haven’t experienced the hopper hatch on the Reef now is the time. We should have great dry fly fishing all the way into October!

The Rig: We’ve been fishing a really similar rig on all three tailwaters lately, an attractor up front like a Pat’s Rubber legs, Pine Squirrel Leech, or a san juan worm. We follow that up with a bead head fly like a Prince nymph, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Poxypack PMD, Demon Sally or a tung teaser. For the bottom, some form of emerger as been good, midges and tricos in the AM switching to sallies, caddis and PMD’s in the PM. We’ve been fishing 3-4.5 Ft indicator to weight with 1-3 “BB’s” as our weight. 3x leaders going to 4x tippet on the smaller flies.

Miracle Mile 2,000 CFS- Clarity is off on the mile due to the reservoirs turning over, but that hasn’t affected the fishing. While the Golden Stonefly hatch is all but done the PMD’s, and Caddis are in full swing. You can try to throw some hoppers along the banks but nymphing has definitely been producing more fish.The is some floating vegetation but it’s really not too bad, it gets more prevalent the closer you get to Pathfinder. Right now the last bit of current before you reach the reservoir is around Chalk Bluffs. Use caution when driving around down there the lake is dropping and leaving the banks really soft. It is very easy to get stuck in that black stinky mud!

Fremont/Cardwell 1,600 CFS- Clarity is also pretty green right now, again it hasn’t affected the fishing. Fish are in all the cool “fishy” spots: shelves, drop offs, riffles and seams. We don’t recommend venturing into the Canyon section right now with the water being so swift.

Grey Reef-Casper 3,600 CFS- The clarity is great on the Reef and gets slightly green as you get closer to Casper. There is some floating vegetation out there if you stick to fishing the faster water and banks it’s not too much of an issue. The best thing you can do is make a proper backcast and most of that stuff comes right off. The hopper fishing has been insane some days and okay on others. South Fork Chernobyl, More-or-less hoppers in purple, pink goldenrod and tan, and the donkey kong hopper have all been winners! We’ve also been throwing some sallies behind our hoppers like the Headlight Sally, #16 rubberleg Stimi, or a clownshoe Sally.

 

As always if you have any questions or want top book your next trip give us a call at 307-232-9128!

The Report


The days are definitely getting longer and it looks like warmer days are on the horizon.  Really hard to believe that it is almost March!  As we start to make our way out of the “winter months”, I have to say things are looking pretty good.  Snow pack in the North Platte drainage is currently at 100+% and reservoir levels are in great shape (Seminoe 78% and Pathfinder 83%).  Based on those numbers it’s safe to say we are in pretty good water shape!  Per usual, we are currently on track for a mid-March flush for Grey Reef, tentatively slated for the 15-24 slot.  That being said, it is subject to change and as always we will keep you updated.

Current winter conditions on Grey Reef are as good as you can ask for.  The river is currently “floatable” from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge and with mild temperatures there is plenty of wade fishing to be had on the lower sections.  If you’ve been following us on instagram your probably aware of road closures to both Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile.  Conditions are improving but you still need to exercise extreme caution if you are considering heading that way.  Don’t hesitate to call us at the shop for updated road conditions. 307-232-9128

As for the general fishing report, we have been hitting the water every chance we can get.  We have had multiple guided trips over the past week and fishing has been solid as you would expect.  Pre-flush February and March can make for some tremendous streamer fishing and the nymphing has been a nothing short of spectacular.  Tan and/or olive on the streamer front, with the rusty trombone standing out as our number one producer.  If your in the nymphing mood you really can go wrong with the standards; pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, scuds(amber) and a PAL or rhinestone.  Fish these flies, find the appropriate length/weight and you should be in the fish!