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
After a rough December and start to the New Year, we finally got a much needed break in the weather. This past week has brought temps in the high 30s, full sun and very little wind. It’s just about perfect! Grey Reef is open from the dam to Lusby and the stretch from the dam to the Outhouse Hole aka Pete’s Draw is prime for wade fishing right now. With flows at 450cfs and water temps in the low-mid 30s, we have been concentrating on the slower/deeper runs. Annelid’s, pine squirrel leeches and PALs have been our go-to flies. Length and weight have varied but 5-7ft, 1-3 B shot has been mostly where we are living.
For those of you looking to scratch the itch, now is the time to start to watching the weather. Look for a couple of nice days and give us a shout and take advantage of our off-season rates and packages! 307-232-9128
First things first, we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year! Our crew is looking forward to 2022 and what should be another great year in Central Wyoming. Currently, snowpack is looking good on the upper North Platte River drainage(115-119%). If we keep with this trend we should have good flows and water in the reservoirs. So cheers to all of you and we look forward to seeing you this year!
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.
We have had a beautiful fall to say the least. Mild temperatures, clear skies and very little wind. It was only matter of time before we had to start seeing some weather…well, because it’s October and we live in Wyoming. Last weeks storm blanketed our area in a nice layer of white, with Casper seeing 14″-18″. As I write this report, we are supposed to see another dose of snow today and tonight. The nice thing about it, it will be sunny and 50F by tomorrow.
With the changing weather, we’ve had a mixed bag of fishing. Foul weather days have been consistently producing some awesome streamer fishing on Grey Reef. Standard fare…rusty trombone’s, goldie’s, and/or black peacock buggers. The calm, high pressure days have still be giving our guides and guests plenty of opportunities at the dry fly game. We are still seeing some tricos in the morning, with psuedos and baetis being the late morning-afternoon program. So if your headed our way make sure you are set up for just about anything. This is the time of year you could throw nymphs, streamers and dries-all in the same day.
October through mid November is a pretty magical time in Central Wyoming. The scene changes daily and the transitions between fishing disciplines and hunting opportunities seem endless and can be exhausting. Gear rooms, boats and vehicles suffer the most as the constant exchange inevitably creates disarray and confusion. Anglers are loaded with 3 rigged rods – the dry fly opportunities are all day and you need to be able to grab a rod as soon as rising trout start doing their thing, nymph rigs fill the gaps and help you to not feel inadequate for surface refusals and the streamer water should never be ignored. The dry fly game is plentiful yet humbling, nymphing light emerger rigs is really dang productive and you never know what kind of critter your streamer will land in front of. The days start with coffee, waders and a hoody and end with t-shirts, sandals and a beer.
Then there is hunting. Big game often warrants different caliber choices, waterfowl and upland bird and you’ll shop for tools to optimize that experience. And don’t forget about the dogs that make it all happen…pointing, flushing, snuggling and retrieving. Add other Central Wyoming outdoor recreation options like mountain biking, gravel biking, off road motorcycling, climbing, trail running and paddling. That isn’t the end of it but we know where to stop, ha! This region has not been developed to optimize most of these activities and that is a good thing. Getting outside begins with leaving your comfort-zone and culminates in continuing to advance your comfort by creating a habit of putting yourself out there. Going further, rejecting the normal definition of success and discovering things that very few people will. This isn’t the Visit Casper version of Central Wyoming…this is the raw and real version that excludes the entry level social media influencer portrayal.
Put yourself out there, or come hang out with us for a few days and we’ll do our best to show you the ropes…this is the perfect time to do it. Before the snow flies and skis and snowmobiles come out along with the water fowling waders, layout blinds and we enter the season where chipping ice out of our guides has every angler thinking to themselves how they can solve this age-old dilemma.
Miracle Mile fishing report is good with leech, worm, baetis, caddis, scud nymph rigs. It is busy with hunting camps so be aware. Fremont Canyon fishing report is very good dry fly with tricos, pseudos and caddis. Swing crawdads and soft hackles in the unoccupied tweener water. Grey Reef is rocking and rolling from top to bottom, the upper is quiet and the dry fly is excellent. Streamer activity is ramping up and short light emerger rigs are the way to go if you like the numbers game.
The Reef Fly Shop is open daily and we still have guides, cottages and RV sites available. Stop in for some good sales or check out the newly restocked space.
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!
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!