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Happy Thanksgiving- North Platte River Fly Fishing Report

Its late November and the fishing is great! Fishing on all three tailwaters has been good, especially on the Reef and at Fremont. The off-season is a great time to experience Grey Reef, big feisty fish and close to zero crowds makes for a great time. We will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving and will be open again on Friday from 8-12.

Miracle Mile 500 CFS- The Mile has been fishing pretty well but has been getting pounded with people. Scuds, leeches, san juan worms, pheasant tails, and midges have been good out there. Swinging streamers can also be effective, the goldie or the rusty trombone are always our go-tos.

Fremont/cardwell-500 CFS Even with the higher flows the fishing has been great! Streamers and nymphing has been solid with some dry action on the right afternoons. PSL’s, hot head leeches. Reef worms, scuds, and midges are all catching them. The streamer bite is really good on the more overcast days right now.

Grey reef- 500 CFS Fishing has been just fantastic on the Reef. Definitely the most consistent fishing around. Plenty of big fat rainbows and a good amount of browns being caught. Everyone is asking if the grass is out of the reef yet, it’s not but its really fishable. The grass plays a really important part of keeping our river so healthy, the fish like it and so should we. Amber scuds, hot head leeches, pheasant tails, PALs, Macgruber Midge, and UV emergers are all on the menu. Streamer fishing has also been good, keep your retrieve really slow with a few pops here and there. Goldie, rusty trombone, peanut envy, heisenberg have been our favorite patterns.

Its really important to watch out for spawning fish this time of year, please respect the fish and leave them alone. We are seeing tons of people fishing on the redds, especially at the Mile.

Come see us now through the end of the year and check out some of our sale items, we have some wicked deals on great gear and clothing! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

Fall Fishing is Here! North Platte River Fishing Report

Fishing has been fantastic on all three tailwaters lately,the fish are still looking up! Dries, streamers, and nymphs have all been working well. We had some wintery cold weather last week, but this week looks to be awesome, highs in the 50’s, sunny and not much of that “W” word.

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS- Fishing has been good with little pressure up there. Baetis and midges are coming off, pheasant tails and rs2’s are the name of the game. Leeches, worms and scuds are working as well, if you’re not throwing the buggy stuff. Streamers, especially in the canyon, have been finding some nice fish. Black peanut envy, thin mints, and the goldie have been our best streamers.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there, the road has not. Nasty weather has the road in bad condition, its dry now but that can change at any moment. Leeches, San juans, pheasant tails, poxyback baetis, and the soft tex scud have been getting them.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing is still great from the Dam to Casper, while they are still present the grass is dissipating on the upper section. The channels are more obvious and full of fish. San Juans, Leeches, Soft tex scuds, Pheasant tails, prince nymphs, and the trusty RS2 have all been working. Rusty trombone on the slow swing has been producing, as well as the peanut envy, mini dungeon, and goldie.

As always if you have any questions give us a call or stop by the shop!

 

Dry Fly Extravaganza!

Hard to beat fishing on the North Platte right now! Fish are attacking dries, streamers, and nymphs! Fishing from the mile to all the way below Casper has been consistently good, with dry/dropper being the prefer method. We have 1 cottage left for this weekend, come see some fired up fish on the surface!

Miracle Mile – 500 CFS Fishing has been pretty good on the Mile. still having some fish eat the hopper and definitely the dropper. Nymphing has also been solid, prince nymphs, hares ears, san juans, and Rs2’s have been the top bugs. Still definitely some crowds out there on the weekends, but plenty of places to fish!

Fremont/cardwell- 75 CFS Dry fly fishing all day, Parachute adams, Slum hopper, south fork chernobyl and  elk hair caddis will get it done. Make sure to pick the fish you want to catch, watch them rise a few times then put your fly right in front of them.Nymphing has also been good, prince nymphs, La Fontaines caddis pupa, buckskin caddis, mayhem midge, and the rs2 all working well.

Grey Reef-below Casper- 500 CFS Hoppers are still hopping! Throwing a double dry rig has been very effective, hopper followed by a parachute adams in the morning and a caddis after noon. We’ve also been running the hopper with a bead head dropper about two feet below it, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, hares ears, and the tailwater tiny have been go-tos. The nymphing has been ridiculous some days with prince nymphs, hares ears and rs2’s. You can go a little heavier and deeper in the runs and then mini-rig everything in between! streamer fishing with a goldie followed by a thin mint or peacock bugger on a floating line has been deadly some days!

As always if you have any questions or want to book stop by or give us a call!

Hints of Fall- North Platte Fishing Report

We have had some cooler weather the past week and it has us getting excited for some fall fishing, dry fly and streamer time! That being said, we will return to warmer temps this weekend which will keep the hopper fishing consistent. We do have some availability in the cottages this weekend, get your crew together and get up here. See why this is the start of our favorite time of year.

Grey Reef- 1,200 CFS Fishing has been good, dries, streamers, and nymphs. Clarity is good all of the way to Casper. The trico hatch has fish on the feed first thing in the morning. A Parachute Adams or a purple haze in #16 will get the job done, we have also been trailing a smaller fly behind. A rusty spinner, GS trico spinner, or a two wing trico have all been go-tos. Nymphing has been solid all day with RS2’s, leeches, prince nymphs, and pheasant tails. After the trico hatch we have been throwing the hopper on. With the the lower flows you don’t have to be right on the bank with the hopper, try fishing the hopper where you would throw a light nymph rig.

Miracle Mile- 800 CFS More river has opened up as Pathfinder Reservoir drops, the river has current well below chalk bluffs. Fishing has held very true to the MIle, Some days have been killer and others not great. San juan worms, RS2’s, and hare’s ears have been our top bugs. Stripping streamers has been really productive on the overcast days, the rusty trombone, lil kim, and the goldie are still the favorites right now.

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS Dry flies all day! Tricos in the morning, hoppers in the afternoon, and caddis in the evening. Nymphing has also been consistent with Mayhem Midges, barr’s emergers, prince nymphs, and rednecks.Some sneakier tactics and longer casts help with this low and clear water.

As always, stop by the shop or drop us line at 307-232-9128 if you have any questions or want to book your next North Platte Experience!

Tips on How to Naturally Present Your Dry Fly

In this video, Chris Scholtz from The Reef Fly Shop & North Platte Lodge discusses the reach cast and how this technique will improve your presentation. This is especially important when casting from the drift boat to feeding lanes near the bank. Extend your drift and keep the fly fishing.

Bug Buffet On Grey Reef

Fishing on all 3 of our main tailwaters has been awesome! We are finally seeing our summer bugs and the fish have been loving it! PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, leeches and midges have been the desired food recently. There are hoppers all over the banks and bugs are everywhere. It should only be a matter of time before fish start looking up, but until then we have been focusing all our efforts on nymphing and it has been productive!

Fremont Canyon- 560 CFS- Fishing has been great at Fremont, we have been seeing PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Caddis. Pheasant Tails, Poxyback PMD, Gabriel’s Trumpet, RS2’s and Barrs Emergers have all been effective patterns. Don’t get deterred from fishing here because of the high water, focus on the slower seams and soft edges up there and the fishing can still be what we all know it to be at 75 CFS!

Miracle Mile -850 CFS- Stones are finally here! We have been seeing a good amount of golden stones flying around in the mornings and evenings up there and if timed right some surface action is possible! Throughout the day we have been focusing our efforts on nymphing, pats rubber legs, prince nymphs, RS2’s, Birds Nest and Poxyback PMD have been the go to flies.

The Reef -3000 CFS- PMD’s, Caddis and Yellow Sallies are flying around the Reef and we have been imitating them with flies like the Poxyback Pmd, Crackback Pmd, RS2, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears and Leeches as well.We have been finding them feeding off ledges, in the slow seams and the slower inside bends.

As always if you have any questions give the shop a call or stop by!

The Time is Now!

Flows are up and the fish are hot! The flows have remained stable for a few days now and the fish have relaxed into a good feeding program. PMD’s, Sallies, Caddis, Midges, worms, and leeches are all on the menu. Morning and evening streamer activity is heating up fast, there have been a lot of big browns chasing and moving on streamers! High water is the time when we see the truly big fish come out and consistently feed! Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Mini dungeon, and peanut envy are all great streamer patterns right now.

Fremont- 750 CFS Fishing has been good since the bump in flows, don’t let the big water scare you off! Concentrate your efforts on all the softer, slower water up there. Annelids, redneck, Millers tactical, pheasant tails, rs2’s, and PALs have all been good flies.

Miracle Mile- 1,500 CFS – Golden Stone time is just starting up there! Pat’s rubber legs, BH 20 incher, and the halfback have all been seeing some action as well as san juans, pheasant tails, rs2’s, and leeches. Fishing has been fairly good with some days being outstanding.

Grey Reef- 3,000 CFS The bump in flows has slowed the summer bug hatches but we should still see big PMD, yellow sally, and caddis hatches as the water warms up a little. The fish are still eating those bugs though, pheasant tails, birdsnest, and PMD Barr’s emergers are all working.. San Juans, leeches, and midges have all been go-tos as well. We’re fishing a little shorter and lighter now that the flows are up and focusing our efforts on the slow inside edges, seams, and ledges right now.

As always if you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call!

 

Glory Days!

Water conditions, the weather and fishing are pretty tough to beat right now.  We have transitioned nicely out of spring and officially entered the “Glory Days” of summer.  Flows are holding steady on the big three(Grey Reef, Fremont, Miracle Mile) right now and with drier atmospheric conditions-every stretch of the North Platte has excellent visibility.  We are starting to see small numbers of PMDs and caddis on lower Grey Reef.  The fish are keying in and it should only get better in the coming weeks.  With gradually rising water temperatures, blanket yellow sally hatches should be coming soon.

Like we mentioned above, lower river conditions are prime and early morning/late evening streamer activity is really starting to pick up.  Our guides have been squeezing in a few post work floats and every trip has produced some quality fish.  We have started to pick up more fish on a fast retrieve and top flies are as follows; rusty trombone, articulated goldie and/or a peanut envy.

Nymphing at it’s Finest!

Fishing has been great on all three tailwaters lately, fish are in the “buggy” mood! We did have a storm that blew out the Reef on friday, but the clarity is already back to normal all the way down to Sechrist. Flows on the Reef have been stable for a while now and we haven’t heard anything about a change. As mentioned in our last report, fish have really been keying in on the baetis (BWO) hatch. Fishing shorter, lighter mini-rigs on the inside edges and seams has been producing.

Miracle Mile- 2,000 CFS- as usual the san juan worm has been owrking well out there, but a lot of fish are eating bugs too. BH Barrs Emerger, RS2 in chocolate or grey, and the pal have been picking up some really nice fish.

Fremont- 130 CFS- The flows have increased today and that is a very good thing, a little more water will open up every run. These fish have been eating bugs like crazy, nymphing and swinging baetis patterns has been awesome. You can even sight nymph feeding fish. This has also been the best area for some dry fly action!

Grey Reef- 2,500 fishing has been just nuts on the Reef. We’ve even been seeing a good number of brown trout! Like mention earlier mini rigging with bugs has been a great option producing big, healthy fish, Juju baetis, All day May, PAL, RS2’s, and the Redneck have all been on the menu.

***We still have some cottages and guided trips available for Memorial day weekend and week. Give us a call and lets get on the water!

Bugs on the menu…

It’s that time of year again!  With stable flows and excellent water conditions the bugs are popping and the fish are on the feed bag.  We have Grey Reef guide boats on the water daily and everyone is catching fish.  It’s a common myth with our fishery that you have to be on the bottom to get em’.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  During our daily baetis and midge hatches fish will slide to the inside and suspend in the water column to feed on the emerging insects.  Catching these feeding fish is as good as it gets, hard “takes” that frequently slide or dunk the indicator several feet, what else could you ask for?  This “mini rig” technique is a substantial part of our program this time of year as well as swinging soft hackles in riffles, when the opportunity arises.  Our standard rig right now is as follows:

Length: 3-5ft(indicator to spilt shot)

Weight: #4 shot-single B shot(depending on water velocity)

Patterns: PAL, pulsating emerger, GS mayhem, all-day may, Blake Jackson’s Macgruber, LAZY, jujubaetis.

We are also mixing in some excellent streamer days right now on the lower river(downstream of Gov. Bridge to Casper).  It seems that the best days have been those with some degree of overcast skies.  Most of our guides have been throwing a single rusty trombone, articulated goldie, and/or a smoke and mirrors from Dirty Water Fly Company.  With our flows currently at 2,000cfs it is best to rig these flies on a sink tip(airflo’s streamer max short) or a fast intermediate(airflow’s 40+ FI).  We are retrieving the fly at medium fast pace, varying the retrieve, pausing in-between strips.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call or stop by the shop.

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