North Platte Fishing Report
Grey Reef – Miracle Mile – Fremont Canyon

THE REEF FLY SHOP (COTTAGES and RV)-GUIDE SERVICE-2014 Rates

$450.00/2 anglers-FULL DAY <lunch,drinks & terminal tackle included>

$350.00/2 anglers-HALF DAY <drinks & terminal tackle included>

$160.00/2 anglers-GREY REEF PRIMER <two hours wadefishing with one of our seasoned guides, we throw in a dozen bugs and off you go!>

$475.00/2 anglers-MIRACLE MILE <lunch, drinks & terminal tackle included>

 2014 COTTAGE RATES(per night) APRIL 1-NOVEMBER 30.

$14o.00/2 guests

$155.00/3 guests

$170.00/4 guests

*8% sales tax not included

2014 RV RATES(per night)

$25-power only

$35-full hookup

*8% sales tax not included

 

NORTH PLATTE FLY FISHING REPORT:

GREY REEF: 

Flow-450 cfs   

Clarity- Great,  Grey Reef Dam to Casper

Temp.- 45F@ Cable Hole.

Patterns- GREY REEF-GOV. BRIDGE: Nymphs: UV leech, PSL, RS2 foam wing, ice minnow,  mini impaler, crawdizzle,  cdc prince, cdc p-tail, GS mayhem, deep purple, reef worm. Streamers: goldie, bread n’ butter, Morrish medusa(flesh), articulated goldie, dungeon(tan), dungeon(black).

FREMONT CANYON: 

Flow-82 cfs

Clarity- Clear

Temp.- 44 F

Patterns- Nymphs: REEF worm, flossy worm(red), PSL (brown),  mini impaler, crawdizzle, bush’s dad, san juan(purple), UV leech, ice minnow, UV leech, tan scud.   Streamers: goldie, burgin bugger(olive), articulated goldie.

MIRACLE MILE:

Flow- 550 cfs    (note: flows at the Mile are subject to extreme change; refer to flow graph on home page sidebar

Clarity- mostly clear, tea colored

Temp.- 41F

Patterns- Nymphs: san juan worm(purple), san juan worm(red), pine squirrel leech(brown and crawdad), UV leech(natural), crawdizzle, pat’s rubber leg’s(tan/brn), halfback, fb pt, prince nymph, halfback, inbred golden, RS2 foam wing. Streamers: goldie, bronze bugger, bow river bugger(blk), Morrish medusa(fleshy).

*ROAD conditions from Alcova to the Mile-SPRING WEATHER can change road conditions drastically.  Please use caution!

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WYOMING FLY FISHING NEWS

ATTN: All watercraft being operated in Wyoming will be required to purchase an AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) permit. These can be purchased thru Wyoming Game and Fish online or a license selling agent. [Resident motorized $10.00 annually, Res. non-motorized $5.00 annually, Nonresident motorized $30.00 annually, Nonres. non-motorized $15.00 annually.]

 



Great Weekend on Grey Reef!

You  have to love when the weatherman is wrong!  Central Wyoming was forecasted for warmer temperatures and wind.  As is this case quite often, well, they got it wrong.  Warmer, virtually no wind  and a little bit of snow-that’s what happened.  As for the fishing…it was borderline ridiculous.  We floated yesterday (Grey Reef is currently open from the Dam to Lusby), threw streamers from top to bottom and at the end, agreed that it was one of the best days we had all seen in awhile.  Lots and lots of VERY healthy rainbows/cutbows 16″-20″. Goldie’s, Clouser’s darter, olive crystal bugger…they all seemed to work.

Winter on Grey Reef

Low 30s and relatively low winds as of this morning in Alcova, Wyoming.  Shaping up to be a beautiful winter day!  Grey Reef continues to fish well when the weather obliges.  Amber scud, natural or brown pine squirrel leeches, and PALs have been our nymphs of choice.  The streamer bite has also been pretty solid on Grey Reef as well.  Smaller streamers have been better…i.e….standard goldie, crawdizzle, near-nuff(tan).

North Platte River Report

OFF-SEASON RATES AND PACKAGES
(NOV. 15-MARCH 15)
Day Trip-$350.00 *does not include lunch
Day Trip plus one night in cottage-$475.00
Day Trip plus two nights in cottage-$550.00
Cottage(2 guest)-$140.00
Cottage(3 guest)-$155.00
Cottage(4 Guest)-$170.00
*add 8% sales tax

We are receiving some favorable reports from those who have fished the Miracle Mile the last few days.  Lots of decent browns and rainbows are being taken on streamers and nymphs all the way from Kortes Dam to the Chalk Bluff area.  I would expect a fair number of anglers there this weekend.  Fremont Canyon has be brought back down to 82 cfs (normal levels) and the fishing has been pretty consistent all day.  Many are seeing some action on top with Griffith’s Gnats and Para Adams patterns.  During the non hatch periods nymph and streamers are producing.  We have had boats out the past couple of days on Grey Reef and some good fish are attacking a well placed Goldie.  If you are nymphing, midge patterns like a Ju-Ju Midge, small worms and leeches are putting trout in the boat.  The recent warm spell has the river completely free of ice, so the floating should be good all the way to Casper.  Pick your floats carefully. At 450 cfs you have to do a lot of rowing and with the shorter days it is easy to bite off a bit more than you can chew.  It is dark now t 5:00 pm!  Plan accordingly.

 

Grey Reef / Miracle Mile / Fremont Canyon Fishing Report

OFF-SEASON RATES AND PACKAGES
(NOV. 15-MARCH 15)
Day Trip-$350.00 *does not include lunch
Day Trip plus one night in cottage-$475.00
Day Trip plus two nights in cottage-$550.00
Cottage(2 guest)-$140.00
Cottage(3 guest)-$155.00
Cottage(4 Guest)-$170.00
*add 8% sales tax

Finally some seasonal weather!  The cold spell did it’s job on the floating vegetation and most of the river has cleaned up nicely.  The wading angler now has a fair amount of water to fish on the upper, from the dam to Pete’s Draw campground. Both streamers and nymphs have been producing with the Goldie probably being the top producing streamer and the Pine Squirrel leech the best nymph.    Fremont canyon continues to fish well in the Cardwell section and in the canyon.  We are still getting mixed reports from the Miracle Mile.  She is quite fickle, decent one day and tough the next.  Nymphing the runs is probably most productive if you are after numbers.  Tossing a streamer on an intermediate line with a slow retrieve can be rewarding if you get it in front of a big brown’s nose.

 

North Platte River Conditions Report

What a week!  Lows Wednesday and Thursday -26 and -23!   Needless to say no one has been on the river.  The forecast is for a high of 8 tomorrow with snow.  Grey Reef  to Lusby is currently the only floatable section river and you may encounter some slush.  No reports from the Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon this week.  Pray for some warmer weather!

North Platte River Report

All in all it has been a pretty nice weekend.  The fishing, especially the streamer fishing on Grey Reef has been very good.  Our guides put many nice trout,  a few of them decent browns in the net the past couple of days.  The Reef’s Goldie, the Near Nuff and the Crawdizzle are just a few of the patterns producing.  Fremont Canyon has been on fire.  Everyone I have talked to has done well on both nymphs and streamers both in the canyon and in the Cardwell section.  Unfortunately, reports from the Miracle Mile have been mixed.  Those who threw nymph rigs seemed to do ok and a some nice browns were landed.  Those swinging streamers did not have an easy time, especially with the wind, but some impressive rainbows were caught.  Our weather is going to take a turn for the worse this week with snow, wind, below zero lows and highs struggling to reach double digits by mid week.  If you are the hardy type and have as mind to chase some browns at the Mile be sure to get a road condition report before heading out.  Getting stuck and or stranded could be downright dangerous.  Hopefully the cold snap will be helpful in turning the browns on.

Grey Reef / Miracle Mile / Fremont Canyon Fishing Report

Things have been pretty quiet here this week.  Grey Reef is fishing really well.  The weeds are getting better everyday and the trout are now in more of their usual places.  The leech has been the big producer, paired with either a worm, RS2 or small nymph. Clarity is definitely better up high and very clear below the bridge to town.  Some browns are being caught at the Miracle Mile, but it hasn’t really heated up yet.  This weekend should be it.  The moon phase is right and flows are perfect.  Swinging a Goldie with a Crawdizzle trailer should produce a good number of strikes. Fremont Canyon is holding steady at 450 cfs.  The action in the canyon has been great all week.  Nymphing the pocket water or throwing big streamers off the shelves has been the way to go.

We still have one cottage left for this weekend.  Get it while the gettin’s good!

North Platte River Report

Well, I got mixed reviews from the Miracle Mile yesterday.  Some thought it was good, some bad.  The good news is it should only get better from here on out.  With more seasonal temps forecast for this coming week, the days ahead should only see more browns in the river.  A big congratulations goes out to guest James Christiansen of Parker Colorado for his 25″ brown yesterday. Welcome to the 25″club!  Guide Adam Boehlke put Jim on this fish not 15 minutes in their trip.  Great job Adam.  Pictures to follow in the next few days.

We have availability in our cottages next weekend.  They make a great base of operations while chasing those browns at the Mile.

Grey Reef / Miracle Mile / Fremont Canyon Fishing Report

Finally!  Some good news from the Miracle Mile.  Several reports from yesterday have indicated the browns are moving into the river and even some active redds have been spotted.  Many hit the split hole with leech and worm rigs and said the action was fairly steady.   Many anglers are heading out  there again today so I hope to have a better handle on things tomorrow.  Fremont Canyon is holding steady at 250 cfs.  This is kind of a weird flow, but the fishing was solid on nymphs and streamers. The big question is will it stay at 250?  Check the flows before you head out.  Grey Reef fished very well again yesterday on standard leech/nymph rigs.  The only fly in the ointment is the wind is supposed to howl the next couple of days.  Your best option during conditions like this is the Mile.  Because of the amount of public access you can usually get the wind at your back and make it work for you.