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>

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$14o.00/2 guests

$155.00/3 guests

$170.00/4 guests

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$25-power only

$35-full hookup

*8% sales tax not included

 

NORTH PLATTE FLY FISHING REPORT:

GREY REEF: 

Flow- 500 cfs

Clarity- Good,  Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge – Stained just below Government Bridge to Casper

Temp.- 56F@ 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- 1000 cfs

Clarity- Stained

Temp.- 55 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- 1000 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.- 51F

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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North Platte River Report

Well, the gauges are back on line at the flows are as follows: Grey Reef  500 cfs, Miracle Mile 1000 cfs and Fremont Canyon 1000 cfs.  I received favorable reports from just about everyone yesterday.  The wade fishing at the dam was great.  The trout were eating just about everything from worms and leeches, to crayfish and RS2′s.  A friend of the fly shop landed (and kept) a 6 1/2 lb walleye too!  Not much changed below the bridge other than the flows.  Patterns are the same as here at Grey Reef.  Anglers who hit either the Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon enjoyed some solitude and good fishing at both locations.  Large San Juan worms were the fly of choice at both parts of the river.

As the vegetation matures and stabilizes the fishing on all parts of the river will only get better.  This will be a great week to fish the North Platte!

Grey Reef / Miracle Mile / Fremont Canyon Fishing Report

Grey Reef flows have been dropped to 500 cfs!  I assume the Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon/Cardwell are the same.  We are not sure as all the gauges are down.  We have all our guide boats out and will give a report later today when they get off the water.

North Platte River Fishing / Conditions Report

Big fish!   Yes, big trout are being taken on the Grey Reef section even with the seasonal weed growth.  Though you may have to work to find them in certain spots, when you do, expect some nice fish. Worms and leeches are still accounting for most of the trout, but small nymphs and crayfish patterns are getting it done too.  Below Government Bridge has been fishing very well all week on the same patterns, but the clarity is still off a bit from the rain this week.  This should clear by tomorrow.  I fished the Mile Tuesday and did very well.  Flows have dropped to just over 1000 cfs and the wading is relatively easy.  Hot flies were the Reef’s Crawdizzle, big San Juan worms and a few fish eagerly took the Reef’s Goldie.  Though the water looks muddy it really isn’t.  Tannic water there is common and once in the water visibility is a couple of feet.  Flows did drop at Fremont Canyon to 1300 cfs.  I suspect there to be a lot of floating /suspended moss and low visibility until flows stabilize, but the fishing should be good if you can keep your flies clean.

North Platte River Fishing Report

Fishing has remained pretty solid for the most part this week.  The seasonal weed growth has made some areas on the Grey Reef section a little challenging, but with adjustments to your depth and weight good fish can still be taken.  Below Government bridge has been most floaters choice now and the trout are responding well to leeches, worms, RS2 foam posts, CDC Pheasant tails, CDC Prince nymphs and various caddis patterns.  We had boats at the Miracle Mile a couple of times this week and the fishing was good on big worm patterns, leeches and big streamers like the Reef’s Goldie, Sparkle Minnows and Sex dungeons.  The forecast for the rest of the weekend is for breezy conditions with below normal temps, so if you are heading out be prepared for some wind!

Grey Reef / North Platte River Report

From what I have heard this weekend, the  Government Bridge to Sechrist float is the way to go right now.  Our guides had a fantastic day there yesterday.  Crawdizzles, Reef worms, leeches, Rs2′s, purple San Juans, and various streamer patterns like the Sparkle Minnow all caught fish.  Visibility is good and the aquatic vegetation is minimal in this stretch.  Grey Reef clarity vastly improved over the last couple of days, but the weeds are starting to hinder the wading angler.  Floating is far more effective at this point.  Not much new with the fly selection on the upper.  Worms, leeches and scud are getting it done.  Take extra care in making sure your rig is free of any moss or grass.  The trout will not eat a dirty fly.  Some caddis are making an appearance in the evenings and the Cable Hole area is giving a lot of fish on a size 18 tan Elk Hair caddis.  Flows are right around 1800 cfs everywhere and the Miracle Mile has been experiencing some occasional clarity issues.  Dirty water from Seminole and Kortes lakes are the likely culprits.  This does seem to  have a negative impact on the fishing there at times.  Fremont  Canyon / Cardwell is still ripping and swinging streamers in the meadow is continuing to produce.

North Platte River Fishing Report

The Grey Reef section is finally clearing.  Weed growth has been slowed a bit by the off colored water and the fishing is much improved.  Leeches, worms (the bigger the better), crayfish and caddis patterns are all providing good results.  Boats on the Bridge to Sechrist did very well yesterday and this may be the float to do until the the weeds stabilize.  With the steeper gradient in that section the weeds typically aren’t as prevalent.  Again, leech, worms and crayfish patterns were responsible for most of the trout boated.  Clarity is currently ok at the Miracle Mile and the fishing has been good.  A 24 inch brown was boated by one of our guests there yesterday.   Big flies are the ticket here as well.  Fremont Canyon / Cardwell has been giving up some good fish on streamers in the meadow stretch.  Don’t forget your wading staff!

Per the Bureau of Rec, flows should hover around 1800 cfs for the next month in all parts of the river.  It never hurts to check the flows before heading out though, especially at the mile.

North Platte River Report

Finally some good news!   For a change, the river below Government bridge is clearer than the upper.  We believe the seasonal vegetation on the Grey Reef section is hanging on to some of the sediment left by the last rain and therefore clearing has been slowed.  Visibility is roughly 18 inches.  With that said, we had boats on the upper yesterday and fishing was good.  Worms, leeches, Rs2′s, PMD’s and Caddis patterns like Birdsnest or a Graphic caddis all produced well.  We have boats on the Government bridge to Sechrist float today and I am sure we will have a favorable report from that stretch by the end of the day.  Pressure has been very light this weekend and as a result I haven’t received any reports from the Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon.  Flows are both at 1800 cfs, so I suspect that you would be confined to the Cardwell stretch at Fremont.  Everything should be accessible at the Mile and we have several boats out there today. We will know more tomorrow.

North Platte River Conditions and Report

Well, we got another gulley washer the night before last and it has muddied up the river all the way to Casper and below.  Visibility here at Grey Reef is a foot and a half and less the closer you get to town.  Leeches, worms and RS2 foam posts is what I would throw under these conditions.  We did have boats at the Miracle Mile yesterday and they did well on leeches and big San Juan worms.  Clarity there is good and at 1800 cfs most everything is accessible by wading.   Even with the flows at 1800 cfs at Cardwell / Fremont Canyon, trout are being caught in good numbers.  Again, leeches and worms accounted for the majority of the fish taken.

I do not expect the river below Government bridge to clear up much over the weekend, so if you are in search of clear water the Miracle Mile or Fremont Canyon will be your best bet!

Grey Reef / Miracle Mile / Fremont Canyon Fishing Report

Well, flows have remained the same for the last couple of days.  I do not look for any changes before Monday morning.  Clarity is great all the way from Grey Reef to Casper.  The Trico”s are coming off in good numbers early in the day and we are seeing pods of feeding fish until 10:00 or so.  When there is some cloud cover this can last as until noon.  A very careful presentation is what’s needed to hook these fish.  Smaller compact streamers have been putting few fish in the boat for those who like to pound the banks. PMDs and Sallies are still producing well during the mid-day hours.  The clarity at Fremont Canyon is getting better and the fishing has been very good there on leech and worms patterns.  Be sure to check the flows before venturing out.  It is expected to rise by Monday.  We have not had any boats at the Mile since the water dropped, but I would assume the fishing and the clarity to be ok.  We will know much more about the flow situation.  Check in with us at the first of the week.