Well, we finally got some MUCH needed water in Grey Reef. Earlier this week, Bureau of Rec. decided to bump the flows to 1,500cfs, which happens to be a pretty ideal flow for both boat and wade fishing. Projected flows for Grey Reef this summer are expected to be between 2,000-3,000cfs. Things are starting to shape up nicely. Fishing is good! The bump in flows stalled the summertime bug activity, so we are seeing a few baetis again but PMDs and sallies are right around the corner. If your going to be throwing nymphs, go with the following…leeches, worms, PMD nymphs and sally nymphs. Also due to the bump in flows, water clarity is so-so below Government Bridge but that should only continue to improve. Golden stone fly nymph activity has begun to pick at the Miracle Mile, as we should start seeing a few adults in the coming weeks. This is always as fun time of year as we make the transition to the “glory days” of summer.
Well, as we write this report Central Wyoming is covered in a blanket of white. Per usual, the weather in April has been a mix of everything. We seem to be in a pattern of snow right now, about every other day. By no means are we complaining because moisture is always a good thing!
So as of this morning water conditions are excellent everywhere. Very, very clear from the Miracle Mile to Casper. Current flows are as follows; Miracle Mile-2,000cfs, Fremont Canyon-72cfs and Grey Reef-450cfs. So as for the fishing…we are in the middle of the baetis aka BWO spring hatch. They are popping on a daily basis and the fish are keyed in! Our guides have almost excusively moved over to strictly baetis patterns and our trademark mini-rig, especially during the peak of the hatch. A 3-5ft rig, with minimal split shot tethered to a couple of bugs. RS2 foam-wing, PAL, McGruber, pheasant-tail, jujubaetis, mayhem with a soft hackle trailer. It’s a fun time of year to be fishing, for sure. Our fish love to hammer on the emerging bugs!
Aside from the baetis hatch, streamer fishing has produced some pretty solid days over the past few weeks. Per usual, the rusty series of articulated streamers has been the top producers. With the lower water conditions on Grey Reef and intermediate line has been about perfect. Anything of depth is holding fish and don’t hesitate to vary your retrieve depending on the type of water your in.
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 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!
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!
At midnight, the flows on Grey Reef started decreasing. After weeks of living at 1,500cfs, Grey Reef is now settling in at its winter flow(500cfs). We are also soaking in our last day of 90 degree temperatures, as a substantial cold front bears down on the West. Projected highs Tuesday are expected to top out in the high 30s, with lows in the teens. Talk about a temperature shift! Welcome to Wyoming. Good thing is, it will be short lived. We will be seeing highs in the 70s by weeks end. As for the fishing, it continues to only get better and with another drop in flows, the dry fly fishing should be excellent for the coming weeks. Our guides are continuing to locate sizable pods of fish in the morning feeding on tricos and transitioning to nymph rigs or hopper/dropper rigs in the afternoon. Water clarity is excellent, so be prepared to throw some lighter tippet. Streamer fishing will also start becoming a larger part of the daily program. Woohoo! That’s what makes this time of year so great, you can do it all in a days fishing on the North Platte.
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!
Current conditions on the big three are as follows:
GREY REEF: 3,600cfs, clear from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge. Mostly clear from Government Bridge to Casper.
MIRACLE MILE: 2,350cfs, clear.
FREMONT: 1,425cfs, clear.
Well, it has been a fantastic week in Central Wyoming. With the exception of a few days, the weather has been nothing short of spectacular. Very little wind, temps in the 80s and sun…doesn’t get much better than that. As guide JJ Randolph would call it, we’ve officially entered the “glory days”. So how’s the fishing? Grey Reef is fishing well. We are picking up some minor vegetation floating in the water column but thats pretty standard for this time of year. Nymphing continues to be our most consistent method for catching fish. Leeches and worms on the point, followed by a PMD dropper. Pretty simple but it’s working. We have moved to a shorter, lighter rig. 3.5-5ft and 1-2AB split shot. We are even fishing this rig in the deeper spots. Not quite our famed “mini rig” but we are most certainly getting the feeding fish, positioned in the middle of the water column. If nymphing is not your program we are seeing some success throwing attractor dries and/or hoppers as well as streamers. We do have a ridiculous number of hoppers this year in Central Wyoming and as our neighbors begin cutting their alfalfa fields, it will only get better. Based on the dry conditions this season and a few other factors, we could have a little earlier start to hopper mania. Onto the Mile…not to sound like a broken record but Pat’s rubber legs. I know it’s been on our past few reports but it continues to work. Our crew has yet to see large numbers of adults but there’s still a little bit of Seth’s snowdrift hanging on. (19 year veteran NPL and TRFS guide Seth Kapust as a particular drift that he watches to gauge the height of the stonefly hatch.) Big foam dries should be on the menu in the coming weeks. Fremont continues to see a larger volumn of water than normal but it is fishing pretty well. Again, as with past reports we are throwing bigger patterns; leeches, worms and crane flies. Although, I wouldn’t be afraid to a throw big dry/dropper rig off the drops and inside seams…
Hope everyone is having a good weekend thus far. For any of you folks headed our way, we just wanted to give you a quick conditions/fishing report for the North Platte. Grey Reef is currently flowing at 3,500cfs. Water clarity is excellent from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge, below Government Bridge to Casper clarity is very good. Nymphing and streamer fishing is the name of the game. Our guides have been fishing 5-7.5ft, 1-3 AB with either a pine squirrel leech, san juan worm, PAL, mayhem and/or pheasant tail. On the streamer end of things we have been doing well on rusty trombones, dungeons and/or the kreelex.
Miracle Mile flows are currently 2,500cfs with excellent clarity. Pathfinder Reservoir is at 95% capacity so the reservoir is backed up to roughly Goose Island area. Without question our go-to rig has been a Pats rubber legs and a cdc pheasant tail. Pretty simple but it’s working.
Fremont Canyon aka Cardwell is currently at 1,400cfs. It is fishing well but you’ll want to stick to the inside of the run. The slower the water, the better! Try throwing bigger stuff, leeches, worms, craneflies, etc.
We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend! If your in the area, please stop in.
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The spring flush for Grey Reef has officially been announced. Flushing flows will begin on March 28 and it will be a 10-day flush. The flush will begin at midnight and will end, each day at 10am. As far as current conditions go…we are experiencing some low elevation run-off, so conditions below Government Bridge have been mostly un-fishable the past week. That being said, Upper Grey Reef(Dam-Lusby) is in good shape and the fishing has been excellent. Roads are now open to Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile. In the case of the Mile you need to exercise caution and be prepared. As always, all of the above, is subject to change. We will keep you posted!!