After a very mild start to December its finally starting to feel a little bit more like winter in Central Wyoming. Highs have consistently been in the 30s for the past week and we have even been getting a little snow. Let’s keep hoping for more, especially in the upper drainage. If you’ve been keeping up with our past reports, Alcova reservoir saw a serious decrease in lake level this October. Well, that should begin to change on December 19, as they will begin filling the reservoir. That being said, expect increased water flows on both the Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon during this period.
As for the fishing, it is good. Floating ice below Government Bridge has most folks spending their time on the upper river. Nymphs and streamers are producing the numbers but don’t rule out fish on top when the midges start popping. The fish are definetly oriented towards their winter haunts. Softer edges and the lower half of the run seems to hold the larger concentrations of trout. Pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, PALs, rhinestones, brassies, all-day mays have been our go-tos. 1-BBs and 4-7ft depending on the depth and speed of the water you’re fishing. For the streamer fisherman out there, it’s still happening. A small sink tip or intermediate line is the ticket. Small articulated or bugger style patterns in tan or cream, olive and white have been the top producing colors on Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon.