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Grey Reef Guide Report

We are now 10-days past the end of the flush and entering the heart of spring fishing on Grey Reef.  Flows on Grey Reef are currently sitting at 500cfs and with good snowpack in the upper drainage, we are looking forward to a great year.  As you would expect the spawn is in full swing.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be considerate of the spawning fish.  We encourage you not to fish to spawners and absolutely DO NOT wade in or around the redds.  There are plenty of fish actively feeding in the runs.

It is officially bug season on Grey Reef.  Daily midge and baetis hatches are providing us with some exciting fishing.  A couple of emergers(i.e. PAL, GS emerger, all-day may) on a light nymph rig has been the rig during the hatch.  Otherwise, the standard “reef worm”/pine squirrel leech combo has been the go-to program earlier in the day before the bugs start popping.

Water conditions continue to be hit or miss below the bridge with the current wet weather pattern and low elevation runoff.  Please don’t hesitate to stop in or call for the most current conditions.

The 2019 flush has been pushed back to March 29th and will now be a ten day flush. The flush cleans out the river and creates excellent spawning habitat so our rainbows can have a easier time making the next generation of fish.

The daily schedule, every day, for the entirety of the flush:

00:01 – 01:00 a.m. 500 CFS

01:00 – 02:00 a.m. 2000 CFS

02:00 – 04:00 a.m. 4000 CFS

04:00 – 04:30 a.m. 3000 CFS

04:30 – 05:00 a.m. 2000 CFS

05:00 – 06:00 a.m. 1000 CFS

06:00 – midnight    500 CFS

This is an awesome time to experience the Reef. The water coming up not only creates a better spawning habitat but stirs up tons of food. We like fishing leeches, cranefly larva, annelids, san juans, and streamers during the flush. The flush can get the big fish on the feed!

Until then the fishing will remain awesome! Leeches and reef worms have been working well, especially in the mornings, fishing 5’ indicator to weight and 2 bb’s for your weight. As the day progresses we have been seeing big midge hatches, lighten up your rig and throw some bugs whe this happens. The PAL, Mayhem midge, all day may, and flashbang midge have all been working well! Streamer fishing has also been producing, the rusty trombone, goldie , and black peanut envy have been the top flies. Keep your retrieve super slow and focus on the bottom half of the runs in the slower deeper water.

  If you have any questions give the shop a call at 307-232-9128 or stop in and say hi from 7:00-5:00 everyday!

Hot Fishing/Cold Weather North Platte Fly Fishing Report

Fishing has been great lately! We had boats out yesterday and they did well both nymphing and on streamers! Flows have stayed the same, 500 CFS at the Mile and Grey Reef and 75 CFS at Cardwell. Weather looks cold this week, be mindful of keeping fish in the water after you land them so you do not freeze their gills.

Nymphing: Right now (and the whole year) nymphing remains the most consistent way to catch fish. During the colder parts of the day you’ll find you need to fish deeper and heavier and focus on the slower, deeper sections of the runs. We’ve been fishing 5-6 feet indicator to weight with 1-2 BB’s as our weight. Our best bugs have been Pine Squirrel leeches, Hot head leeches, Reef Worms, Deep Purples, Scuds, and midge larva patterns like the PAL. As the day warms up you might see some midges hatching, try moving up in the water column or fishing closer to the top of the run. Emergers like the All Day May, RS2, Mayhem Midge, and crystal midge have been getting some love during the hatch.

Streamers: The name of the game is speed, how fast to retrieve your fly. Typically the past few weeks the retrieve needs to be as slow as possible. Big long strips or just swinging your fly has been good. Our go-tos are the Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Foxy Clouser, Peanut Envys, and the kreelex.

Dries: Some dry fly action durning the midge hatches, it has been few and far between though. A small parachute Adams, griffiths gnat, or Cdc Midge should work for the fish you find sipping.

Our shoulder season packages go to March 15th, that’s 2 nights in a cottage and 1 day guided fishing for $600. This is a great opportunity to come experience the North Platte with few crowds and great fishing! As always if you have any questions stop in the shop or give us a call!

Grey Reef Winter Fly Fishing Report

Fishing has been good all winter long! Nymphing remains your best bet, but streamer fishing has been really good on most sections. The weather looks like its going to cold and snowy the next few days, fishing will be best during the warmest part of the day.

Fremont/Cardwell 75 CFS- The flows have dropped back down the their winter normal. Nymphing has been solid, focus your efforts of the slower deeper water with Reef Worms, leeches, and scuds. If the temp increase enough during the day you might see some midges hatching. You can shorten and lighten up your rigs and fish on the edges of the faster water towards the top of the runs. The PAL, UV emerger, and all day may are good go-tos when that happens.

Miracle Mile 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there. Swinging streamers has been effective, keep your fly moving as slow as possible. The rusty trombone, articulated goldie, and the kreelex have been our top streamers. As far as nymphs go San Juans, leeches, soft tex scuds, PAL, Flashbang midge, and reef worms have been our top producers. The road was getting sloppy out there this past weekend with the warmer temps but will freeze beck up with this storm. There were a lot of snow drift though and this storm will only make them larger. Be careful and use your best judgment driving out there. Some of those drifts are really long and easy to get stuck in.

Grey Reef 500 CFS- The Reef has still been the best section of the North Platte to fish. Consistent nymph and streamer action. Same flies as the other sections with the red reef worm in #16-18 being king. Most of the fish being caught have been in the deeper slower runs, focus on the bottom 2/3 of the run. Dam to Lusby is still floatable but this cold snap might change that. Give the shop a call of your thinking about floating for updated conditions.

As always if you have any questions or want to book your next Grey Reef experience give the shop a call or stop in from 8-2!

Winter Fishing is on Fire!

Fishing has been excellent the past few weeks, both nymphing and with streamers! Fish are really healthy, fighting hard, and plentiful,  and with hardly any crowds this time of year you feel like you have the river to yourself. That’s why winter is one of our favorite times to get out and fish. Also a great time to take advantage of our shoulder season package; 2 nights in a Cottage and 1 FULL day of fishing for 2 anglers for $600!!!

Grey Reef-Lusby 500 CFS- Fishing has been excellent. Focus on the slower, deeper water if there’s not a hatch going on. Reef Worms, LAZY, PAL’s, leeches, and RS2’s have been our best nymphs fishing them a little deeper and heavier this time of year. When midges start popping try moving your flies up in the water column and fish closer to the top of the run or on the edges. We can get some really good midges hatches in the winter and even some dry fly action on the right day. Streamer fishing has been top notch, keep the fly moving as slow as possible even try dead drifting them. Goldies, rusty trombones, and Mini dungeons are all working!

Fremont/Cardwell-400 CFS- While the flows are still higher than normal the fishing has been great. Just focus on the slowest water you can find. All of the the long runs in the Meadow have been fishing well in the last 2/3 of the run. Leeches, annelids, scuds, and midges have all been working well.

Miracle MIle- 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there with some days being better than others. Swinging streamers this time of year can be a really fun way to catch them right now. The Reefs Goldie, Rusty Trombone, Galloups Dungeons, Peanut Envys, and laser legal have been go-tos!

If you have any questions or want to book your next Grey Reef experience stop by the shop or give us a call 307-232-9128

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.