Wyoming Fly Fishing Proves Summer is Awesome

Grey Reef angling report summed up with a pic. More excellent Wyoming fly fishing and our guide staff is turning and burning. The lodge has hosted 3 corporate fly fishing vacations in a row and the cottages are busy. The North Platte River is making sure our novice anglers are hooking lots of fish and having a great time, while giving up the goods to all who participate. 2016 lodge schedule is already receiving a lot attention and unfortunately we are very limited in some parts of the season. Get on the list now for a springtime  fly fishing vacation unlike any you have witnessed. But first, come check out the late season on Grey Reef. The pic of this brown will give you and indication of what our days are about. There  are many great trout fisheries like the Wind River Canyon, the Big Horn River, the Green River the San Juan River and more. But have you fished Grey Reef,  Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon? If this is on your bucket list give us a yell, pronto!

Central Wyoming Fly Fishing Report

Grey Reef Angling – Wyoming’s Grey Reef section of the North Platte River is fishing very well and conditions are improving significantly. The true Grey Reef section is old faithful and dry fly and nyphing remain solid. This will continue for the remainder of the season. Early AM Trico hatches are providing pods of surface eaters on the spinner fall. Long leaders and anticipation of the location of the next rise is key. Long drift into the pod are not needed but a soft presentation is. Nymphing Grey Reef is best done with a shorter rig and weight varies depending on location, depth and water speed. We have been having lots of success with PMD, Trico, caddis and midge patterns. Late afternoons tend to slow a bit unless you focus on the caddis activity as they keep the fish in the game late in the day. Streamers have been moderately successful and well worth the effort. We are seeing plenty of big trout including quite a few browns. The water conditions are good all the way through Casper so that opens up 80+ miles of very productive water. Water temps on the lower reaches should be monitored. We have an interesting situation with our traditional algae bloom this year in that it is very light so far.

Miracle Mile Fly Fishing – The Miracle Mile fly fishing report is also strong  using similar tactics and bugs as Grey Reef. Soft Hackles and bead head pheasant tails with a foam wing RS2 dropper is a solid bet. However, Miracle Mile trout often respond well to san juan worms, leeches, half backs and Pat’s Rubber Legs. We have had some fun streamer activity at the Mile recently and the dry fly option is possible but not wide spread.

Fremont Canyon Fly Fishing – Many folks have bumped their favorite Wyoming Fly Fishing destination to Fremont Canyon and for good reason. It is wadable, readable and has big fish. Caddis nymphing and dry fly are strong with Fremont. Crawdad streamer stripping are great things to focus on. Nymph rigs similar to Grey Reef are always a solid bet although you might drop a tippet size and reduce length and weight. Don’t bypass the “difficult” spots to fish in favor of the open runs.

Grey Reef Fishing Report

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!


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.

Grey Reef Fly Fishing Report

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.

Wyoming Fly Fishing Report

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.

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report

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 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.