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Cold Temps, Hot Fishing! North Platte Fly Fishing Report

Fishing has been great and the crowds have been low, that’s why we love the winter months! Sunny weather this week leading up to some mild snowy conditions this weekend. Going out while the snow is falling can be extra rewarding. Typically good fishing, beautiful surroundings, and low fishing pressure can make for a great winter trip! Our shoulder season specials are in effect: $600 for 2 nights in a cottage and 1 full day guided trip for 2 anglers!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has still been good on the Platte’s most consistent tailwater fishery. Fish have really moved into winter feeding patterns, staying in the slower deeper runs. Standard Winter patterns that have all been working are: Reef Worm in red and purple #14-18, Pine Squirrel Leech in brown and natural #10, Scuds in olive, tan, and orange #14-18, BH Brassie #18-22, and flashbang midges in red, black, and tan #18-20. Focus on the inside corners, bottom 2/3 of the run, just any deeper, slower water. Depth and weight play a huge role, try adjusting your weight and indicator before changing flies. Streamers have also been working well, the Reef’s Goldie, Reef’s Rusty Trombone, and Galloup’s Peanut envy’s are our top patterns right now. Keep your retrieve slow for best results!

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Fishing has been good most days out there nymphing and throwing streamers. Nymphs include Pine Squirrel Leeches #10, San Juan Worms in pink, purple, and red  #10-12, Scuds in olive, amber, and tan, and Zebra midges in Black, olive, and cream #18-20. On the streamer side of things The Reef’s Goldie, kreelex, and sparkle minnow have been producing. Same thing as the Reef, keep te retrieve deep and slow.

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell Meadow- 75 CFS- Fishing has been great up there, mostly nymphing but definitely some dry fly action on the warmer calm days! Nymphs have been almost all midge flies: The Reef’s PAL, LAZY, BH brassie, Mayhem Midge, and flashbang midge have all been getting ’em. A well placed griffiths Gnat, or small parachute adams will work for those risers when they peek their head up.

If you have any questions stop by or give the shop a call anytime from 8-2 everyday! If you call after hours make sure to leave a message so we can give you a call back in the morning.

Fishmas Time is Here! North Platte River Fly Fishing Report

We are now in the Christmas season, we hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We experienced a blizzard this past weekend but things are looking good for the week to come.Most roads have reopened, but there still are some slick spots on the highways. A good tool to check before you head up is  map.wyoroad.info to see the up-to-date road conditions. Temperatures will be in the mid-high 30’s everyday and the sun will be shining, a perfect time to get some fishing in!

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS- The fishing has been good up there and it hasn’t seen much fishing pressure lately. Small stuff is the key right now: BH Brassies, Jujubee midge, Macgruber Midge, Red Midge Larva, Scuds, and Reef worms all size #18-22. On the right day one can get some dry fly action with a griffths gnat or a small parachute adams. Pick your fish and get a nice soft presentation.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Typical Mile, some days have been good while others have been tough. That being said traveling out there is not advised right now. The road has some serious drifts and the cell phone service is spotty at best, not a place you want to get stuck!!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- As always the most consistent fishery we have. fishing has been good and there has hardly been anyone around. Most days you can have to the river to yourself! Nymphing has been solid with Macgruber Midges, Mayhem Midges, Brassies, Scuds, Pine Squirrel Leeches, Reef Worms, and flash bang midges. Focus on the deep slow tailouts, you might find some fish in faster water when the midges start hatching during the warmest part of the day. Streamers have also been getting ’em. The reef’s Goldie and Rusty Trombone have been our go-to’s. This time of year you really need to slow down your retrieve, the fish won’t want to chase some ripping by them too fast with the colder water temps.

If you have any questions give us a call or stop by the shop everyday from 8-2!

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report

It’s that time of year again, shoulder season rates are here and the fishing is great! Take advantage of $100 off of full day and 1/2 day trips, discounted lodging and lodging/guided fishing packages! Fishing remains good even after the the temps have dropped a bit. That being said there are plenty of days that have highs in the 50’s and little wind. Those days have had some incredible dry fly action with pods of fish rising all over the place. You can definitely throw a dry at these pods or another way to go is to  put a small streamer on and make one of the big boys come out and snatch it! This weekend’s weather looks pretty nice, good chance to get up here and get some November fishing in!

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fishing has been consistently good on the nymph rig, a shorter more suspended rig has been out producing the heavier longer ones. Reef Worms, pheasant tails, macgruber midge, Rs2’s, and leeches are all on the menu. The streamer bite has been good on some days, especially the overcast days. the vegetation is still present but definitely fishable!

Miracle Mile-500 CFS- The Mile has been fishing well even with a lot of pressure, it has been pretty crowded up there. Nymphing is solid with san juans, leeches, scuds,Pat’s Rubber legs, rs2’s, and midges. Swinging streamers is most of what we’ve been doing, the Kreelex, rusty trombone, goldie, and Peanut Envy’s have all been working well. This is true for all three tailwaters but please mind the redds out there, it’s best to just let the fish do their thing!

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has been good from the dam to below Casper. Fishing seems to be the best during the warmest part of the day, that’s your best chance of seeing a baetis or pseudo hatch! When you see fish eating on the surface a well placed parachute adams in #18 is all you need. Streamer fishing has been solid as well. Slow swinging the goldie or kreelex in the deeper runs has been the most productive. Our go-to nymphs have been pheasant tails, flashbang midges, macgrubers, reef worms, leeches. and rs2’s!

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

 

Fall is Here!!! North Platte Fly Fishing Report

Fall is here and we are loving it (so are the fish)! With the temperature dropping a little bit and getting some more overcast days the streamer bite has definitely picked up. plus, the nymphing and dry fly fishing is still good which makes this is an exciting time to be fishing! October and November have some awesome fishing opportunities with big fish, low and clear water, and  hardly any crowds. We are starting to see some brown trout Redds out there, be mindful of where you are wading and please don’t target any spawning fish!

Fremont/Cardwell- 75 CFS Fishing has been solid up there with some really nice fish being caught. Nymphing is still the most productive. Top bugs have been Scuds in olive, tan, and orange, Pheasant tails, RS2’s in chocolate, grey, and olive, Macgruber Midge, and the brassie. Make sure to play around with how heavy and deep you’re fishing. Small adjustments can make a big difference! Streamer fishing has also been good, especially in the canyon section. Goldies, Rusty’s, and Near Nuff Sculpins have been our go-to’s.
Miracle Mile- 500 CFS Fishing has been good most days, there are still days where the fishing is slower. Streamer bite has been picking up, mostly slow swinging streamers in the deeper sections of the runs. Rusty trombones, goldies, kreelex, and peanut envy’s have all been getting it done. As far as nymphs go san juan worms in red, purple, and pink, leeches. scuds, pheasant tails, uv emergers, rs2’s, and mayhem midges.
Grey Reef- East of Casper- 500 CFS The river has been fishing well from the Dam all the way to below Casper. There is more vegetation in the river the closer you are to Grey Reef Dam. The fishing is still good you just have to focus your efforts on the moving water and channels in between the weeds and in the bigger runs. Fish a little heavier and deeper on the upper section and lighten and shorten up the further downstream you get. Pheasant tails, RS2’s, barr’s emergers, hare’s ears, big bear beatis, mayhem midge, leeches and scuds have been the top flies. There are rising fish out there, more so in the afternoons. A well placed #18-20 Parachute Adams in grey or purple has been fooling them.
As always if you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call!

Dry Fly Time is HERE!

Fishing has been great the past couple of weeks here on the North Platte, fish are as happy and healthy as ever! Flows have dropped down a bit and that has only seemed to make the dry fly fishing better! This time of year has some awesome fishing opportunities, wading, and in the boat but the best thing is the lack of crowds.

Fremont- 75 CFS- Fishing has been awesome ever since the flow drop and the fish are charged up! Nymphing is consistent all day with mayhem midges, rs2’s, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, tung teasers and hare’s ears. The dry fly thing has been a fun way to to get them though, tricos in the morning with patterns like GS trico spinner, rusty spinner, and a parachute adams, Hoppers in the afternoon with godzilla hopper, pink pookie, and the water walker and Caddis in the evening with elk hair caddis, x caddis, and galloup’s goober caddis! Look for risers, get the right angle on them and try to make a cast that lands just in front of their nose.

Miracle Mile- 1,000 CFS The water is tanic colored but that hasn’t affected the fishing, it’s still the normal miracle mile, great some days and not so great on others. Our top producers have been san juan worms, prince nymphs, tung teasers, mayhem midges, and pheasant tails. Try throwing some streamers if some cloud cover shows up. Black Peanut envy, rusty trombone, and the articulated goldie are our favorites.

Grey Reef-Casper 2,200 CFS Big fish looking up! The trico thing is picking up more steam everyday, now we are seeing good pods of fish rising to the spinner fall instead of just single risers out there. The podded up fish are by far more catchable! We’ve been throwing parachute adams in #16-18 with a trico 24″ behind that. GS trico spinner or the two wing trico have been go-tos. After the trico fish are done eating we have been switching to hoppers, more-or-less hopper in tan, goldenrod, or pink, the pink pookie, godzilla hopper, south fork chernobyl, and yeti hopper are all getting them! Nymphing has been solid too with prince nymphs, pheasant tails, PALs, rs2’s, leeches and still some reef worms. You can go a little deeper and heavier towards grey reef dam and shorter and lighter the closer you get to Casper.

 

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

Glory Days of Summer- North Platte Fly Fishing Report

Finally feels like summer is here, we’re happy and so are the fish! You can find fish with dries, streamers and nymphs right now! With stable flows and clear cold water we have been making the most out of this summer. Also with flows at 3,000 on the Reef  the fish are becoming more bank oriented, that combined with warm temps mean we might be in for some killer hopper fishing!

Miracle Mile – 4,000 CFS The stonefly hatch has been winding down but there are still plenty of fish that are willing to eat a dry fly. Golden stoneflies can live up to two weeks out of the water after they hatch. Best times to really see some surface activity is early in the morning or late at night. We’ve been using water walkers, chubbies. and the dog puke stone for dries. Nymphing has still been the most productive method out there, Leeches, pat’s rubber legs, san juan worms, prince nymphs, poxyback PMD’s, and rs2’s have all been getting ’em. Try to find the slowest water you can that’s near faster water and you should find some fish. You don’t have to go super deep either, try a shorter but heavy rig to catch those fish on the seams and edges.

Fremont- 900 CFS Don’t let the higher flows scare you off, the fishing is still good up there. Birds nest, rs2’s ,PALs, and mayhem midges have been working, but the real winner up there has been the worm. San Juans in various colors and reef worms have been the ticket. Also always keep a hopper in mind this time of year, especially at higher flows with water up in the grass.

Grey Reef- Casper 3,000 CFS Fishing has been great lately, especially in the morings. Just because the flows are higher does NOT mean you have to fish deeper and heavier. 3-6 ft indicator to weight and 1 bb up to 2 AB’s has been our weight.Pheasant tails, Barr’s emergers, poxyback pmds, prince nymphs, PAL’s, san juans and leeches have all been good!  Hoppers have been getting some attention, it’s not hot and heavy yet but there are some fish willing to take one.

 

As always of you have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128

No Runoff Here! North Platte Fly Fishing Report

One of the advantages of being a tailwater is that we don’t experience runoff like a freestone river, while our flows may get high in the summer the water is still clean and cold. All three tailwater sections of the Platte around Alcova are fishing great, wading and out of the boat! Even when the water does start to come up later this year we have awesome opportunities to catch fish in some really fun water.

Miracle Mile- 4,000 CFS Don’t let this flow fool you, there are still plenty of great wade fishing options at the mile. The water is clear, cold, and looking great. We are just on the cusp of the golden stonefly hatch, big fish on big bugs! Having some higher flows can make for the perfect storm of pushing fish over to the edges and banks right where the stoneflies are crawling over to hatch. Dry dropper rigs can work really well try fishing Chubby Cheronobyls, trina’s dog puke stone, and water walkers for dries. Pat’s rubber legs, BH 20 inchers, and halfbacks are all great droppers or just fishing those with a san juan worm under an indicator can be a lot of fun as well!

Fremont- 75 CFS- The fishing has been good, especially sight nymphing to those big fish. Grab a buddy and go down the canyon, one person spots a fish and the other tries to catch them. Dry dropper rigs work well for that or mini nymph rigs. Parachute adams or elk hair caddis for the dry flies and rs2’s, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, poxyback PMD’s, and barr’s emergers for the nymphs.

Grey Reef- 1200 CFS- The upper section is looking good and fishing well. There are some feeder creeks bringing in some dirty water below Government Bridge, so it’s best to stick to the upper 12 miles. Leeches, scuds, prince nymphs, hare’s ears, all day mays, PAL’s, and rs2’s have been our top producers. We’re finding most of the fish concentrated on drop offs and shelves, which makes for great wade fishing!

As always if you have any questions stop by the shop everyday from 7:00-6:00 or give us a call at 307-232-9128.

It’s Mini Rigging Time! North PLatte Fly Fishing Report

*****UPDATE 5/28

Lots of moisture has muddied up the river below ledge creek (4 miles down from grey reef dam) As of now the water clarity is good at the the dam. If the rain keeps up Grey reef reservoir could get dirty and we would see off color water at the dam. We would suggest not going to the Mile as that road is in bad shape right now. That being said we have really nice weather coming up and the river should clear up quickly. We will keep you updated if conditions change. Fishing can still good in off-color water, fish still have to eat!

Things are buggy here on the North Platte, midges, baetis, and even some caddis are all around! We’re finding a lot of fish hanging out at the top of runs, edges, and seams feasting on bugs. A “mini rig” has been working well for these fish. Our set up is typically 2-3′ indicator to weight with a #4 or #6 as your weight. This rig works especially well during a hatch. Wade fishing or out of a boat, this is a really fun way to fish, use a small indicator or a yarn indicator for a more subtle approach. There are still fish spawning out there, do NOT fish to spawning fish or walk on their Redds!

Miracle Mile- 2,700 CFS Don’t be fooled by the higher flows, there’s no need to go super heavy and deep. There are plenty of fish feeding on bugs in the softer water, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Barr’s Emergers, PALs, Mayhem Midges, and RS2s have all been on the menu. Of course a red san juan is always a good go-to out there as well. The road was not in good condition yestesday and this rain will keep it muddy for a bit, please use your best judgement when heading out there.

Fremont- 75 CFS- The mini rig is a solid approach up there, the water is very clear you’ll be able to see the fish up in the water column feeding. Aero beatis, juju baetis, RS2s, all day may’s, PAL’s, and pheasant tails are the way to go. Dry fly fishing has been productive, a well placed comparadun or parachute adams with get eaten. Pick your fish and try to get a cast one foot in front of it.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS Fishing has been great in faster water, riffles, drop offs, and edges of the big runs. Same thing here, that “mini-rig” has been working well. Any spot that looks “fishy” is probably holding some fish. Pheasant tails, rednecks, PAL’s, rs2’s, all day may’s, zebra midges, mayhem midges, and Barr’s emergers have been our top producers.

As always stop by the shop or give us a call if you have any questions. Our hours are 7:00A.M.-6:00 P.M. everyday, come by and check out our renovated shop!

Spring North Platte Fishing Report

Fishing has been on fire these past few weeks, fish are really keying in on bugs! It is definitely feeling like spring here in central Wyoming, warm and sunny one day, rainy and cloudy the next. This is a good thing since baetis (BWO’s) love overcast drizzly weather! We have been seeing a lot of big healthy fish this year, TRFS and NPL supervisor Pat Ginder and his guest caught a 26″ brown yesterday!!! FISH ARE STILL SPAWNING PLEASE DON’T FISH TO SPAWNERS AND DO NOT WALK ON THE SPAWNING BEDS!

Fremont-75 CFS Fishing has been very good up there. You can sit in the larger deep runs and watch fish in the middle of the water column and crush bugs. BH CDC case BWO emerger, Foam post RS2, Pheasant tails, aero baetis, and PALs have all been working very well. Fremont is also your best chance to find some surface activity. A well placed Parachute adams or an olive comparadun in #18 will get the job done.

Miracle Mile- 2,700 CFS Fishing has been good up there as well even with the higher flows. The “buggy” stuff has been working well. BH pheasant tails and rs2’s have been our top producers, especially fishing the edges of the fast water. Be mindful of the road as we do have snow and rain in the forecast and that will surely muddy up the road.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS Fishing is fantastic right now, every fast run or big drop off are holding tons of fish. The river is finally looking better through Casper, fishing on the lower river has been really good too! BH Pheasant tails, Barr’s Emergers, RS2’s(olive, brown, grey), PAL, reef worms and Pine squirrel leeches are all great flies right now. We’re fishing fairly short and light right now 3-5′ indicator to weight with a No.1 or a bb as your weight.

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

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.