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Winter is Coming! Fishing Report for the North Platte River

Fishing and weather has been fantastic as of late, with great fish being caught daily! We have had nice weather for November with highs in the upper 40’s and lows around 30. All flows have stayed constant and are down to their winter levels. Now is the time to get up here and catch a big one!

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS The Mile has been acting like herself lately, really good on some days and not so great on others. The road is in good condition, but it has been fairly crowded out there (especially on the weekends). Nymphing is still going to be the most productive method, with streamers getting some nice ones. Top flies have been San Juan worms, leeches, scuds, a PAL, Rhinestone, and an All day May. For streamers, the Rusty Trombone or the goldie have been getting them. Definitely seems like a slower retrieve is better.

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS Fishing has been great here with fish being caught on dries, streamers, and nymphs! The BP bugger or Near Nuff have been go to streamers, streamer fishing has been better on more overcast days. As always the trusty parachute adams in #18 will work if there are fish rising. For nymphs smaller the better, PAL, All Day May, LAZY, Stalkups baetis, and the Maggot midge have all been working well.

Grey Reef-Dave Johnson power plant- 500 CFS Fishing has been awesome from the reef all of the way down below Casper. While there still is some vegetation on the upper section it is very fishable. Cold nights and windy days help move all of the weeds out. There have been some really nice browns caught on the upper section as well as big rainbows. Reef worms, deep purple, PAL’s, leeches, and scuds have all been getting it done. The further downstream you go the weeds dissipate.

As always if you have any questions or would like to book a guided trip or cottage, don’t hesitate to stop by or give the shop a call!

Fall Fishing at its Finest!

Fishing has been excellent the past few weeks with great fish being caught on dries, streamers, and nymphs! Flows are all down to their winter levels. Weather looks great the next few days, highs in the 50’s, lows in the 30’s. There has been little to no crowds on the river, especially mid-week. Fish have been smashing dry flies on the right days, tricos in the morning with psuedos and baetis coming off strong in the afternoon.

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Nymphing has been solid all day with fish looking up for a dry fly at certain times of the day. Prince nymphs, Rs2’s, PAL’s, and  Zebra Midges all picking up fish. A Parachute Adams has been our best dry fly, size #16 or #18. Streamers have also been working on the more overcast days, a rusty trombone or articulated goldie have been the go-tos.

Miracle Mile- 500 CFS- Fishing has been pretty good out there, San Juan worms, Prince nymphs, pheasant tails, tailwater tinys, and rs2’s have been our best flies. The road is actually in good condition, as always that can change with some nasty weather.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has been great from the Reef all the way below Casper. Fish have really been looking up throughout the whole river system. Parachute Adams have been the go-to pattern. There are weeds on the upper section but it is still plenty fishable. The weeds do dissipate as you get further down river. San Juans, Prince nymphs, Pulsating emergers, real deal point fly, and RS2’s are the flies to have, we are running anywhere from 3-5′ indicator to weight with a “b” or a “bb” as your weight.

As Always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or give us a call with any questions!

 

Fall Fishing is Here! North Platte Fishing Report

It sure feels like Fall is starting here in Alcova and the fish have noticed too! They are eating more and fighting harder than ever! Dry fly and streamer fishing has been the name of the game lately! Looks like more rainy weather rolling in this week with highs in the 60’s-70’s, perfect time to get up here and throw some junk!

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fishing has been awesome here with fish eating tricos in the morning and caddis in the afternoon. A smaller para adams in grey or purple for the tricos and a tan elk hair caddis have been our best bugs on top. If dry flies aren’t your thing then try swing soft hackles through rising fish or throwing a streamer at em!

Miracle Mile-500 CFS- The Mile has been acting more like herself, really good on some days and okay on others. That being said we have been catching some really nice fish out there. San Juan worms (pink, purple, red) Prince nymphs, Tung teaser, neverbug in grey, and RS2’s have all been really great patterns.

Grey Reef-below Casper- 1,250 CFS- Dry Fly fishing the trico hatch throughout the entire river has been nothing short of amazing! Then, when that’s over you have your choice of caddis, Baetis, or HOPPERS! The streamer fishing has been good too, NPL guest Brian Vinchur caught a 26″ brown with guide JJ on a thin mint this week!! Nymphing has also been good, our go-tos are prince nymphs, hares ears, psl’s, and rs2’s lately. We have been fishing relatively short 3-5′ indicator to weight with a “b” or two has been solid.

As Always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by or give the shop a call!

It’s Dry Fly Time! North Platte fishing Report

Dry fly fishing has been outstanding the past few weeks! Tricos in the morning, hoppers (finally!) and psuedos in the afternoon, and caddis in the evening! Flows have stayed stable the past month, but we do expect them to drop sometime soon. We have a stellar weather forecast this weekend, get up here and experience of these Grey Reef trout go crazy on the surface.

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- fishing has been good with dries, streamers, and nymphs now that the water has dropped. Parachute adams with a mayhem midge dropper has been deadly in the morning. Switching to nymphing caddis and midge patterns. Try swinging soft hackles later in the day through the faster water.

Miracle Mile- 1,000 CFS- Fishing has been consistently good with really nice fish being caught. Purple and pink san juans, bead head prince nymphs, and RS2’s have been our go-tos.

Grey Reef- 2,000 CFS- Dry fly fishing has been the way to go, royal wulff’s, parachute adams trailed by a GS trico spinner in black or purple. If you want to nymph, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, rs2’s, and all day mays have been getting em.

As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop us a line or stop by the shop!

Hoppers??? North Platte River Fishing Report

We are seeing a TON OF HOPPERS on the banks and in the water the past few weeks. We have had some success throwing the big foam hoppers on those breezy hot afternoons, even if they don’t eat the hopper you can nail fish on a beadhead dropper. A prince nymph, two bit hooker, hare’s ear, or pheasant tail will do the trick.

Fremont/Cardwell – 80 CFS- Fremont has backed down to it’s minimum flow of 75-80 CFS Still focus on nymphing all the faster water and look for risers in the slower flats. A Parachute Adams or an Elk Hair Caddis have been the go-to dries. PoxyBack PMD, Prince Nymph, All day may, or an rs2 have been our best nymph patterns.

Miracle Mile- 1000 CFS Flows have stayed stable here, and the fishing has been fairly good. PMD’s, midges, caddis, and tricos are all happening at different times throughout the day. A leech followed up with a all day may, mercers pmd, or a hare’s ear has been a consistently good rig. running 2-5 ft indicator to weight with 1-2 B’s.

Grey Reef- 2000 CFS- The Reef’s flows have lowered a bit but the fishing has stayed great still! The trico hatches have been growing everyday, with fish really taking notice. Purple rooster, renegade, royal wulff, or GS trico spinner have all been in the lineup. Nymphing has been good with prince nymphs, barr’s emerger, RS2’s, all day may, and a few leeches every now and then.

As always if you would to book a trip or have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or give us a call!

The Tricos are Coming!

Fishing has been excellent as of late with dries, streamers, and nymphs! Tricos have been coming off consistently on The Reef and the fish have taken notice. We are just getting into the hatch, over the next few weeks more and more fish will be looking up! We have an awesome weather forecast this week with highs in the 80’s!

Miracle Mile- 1,000 cfs Fishing has been fair-good out on the Mile. PMD’s are still coming off with tons of midges in the morning and evening. Leeches, san juans, Poxyback PMD, Prince Nymph, and RS2’s have been out top patterns out there.

Fremont/Cardwell 400 CFS Myphing has been really good,as well as some fish on dries! Dry fly fishing with tricos in the morning and caddis in the evening has been starting to pick up! We have been throwing Poxyback PMD’s, Hare’s Ears, Prince Nymphs, RS2’s, and Mayhem Midges on our nymph rigs. Fish have been liking to hang out in the faster water.

Grey Reef- Casper 2,500 CFS Fishing has been great lately with dries, Streamers, and Nymphs! Fish are eating a Parachute adams, royal wulff, or a GS Trico spinner in the morning on the surface. Nymphing has been good with natural PSL’s, prince nymphs, hare’s ears, Poxyback PMD’s, RS2’s and the All Day May. Fishing anywhere from 3-6 ft indicator to weight and a little lighter 2 B’s or 1 AAA. Streamers have been great on the right day, the rusty trombone and old reliable Goldie have been getting it done!

As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or drop us a line at 307-232-9128

 

 

dry fly time!

The warm weather has brought with it more prolific hatches. The Tricos have started to grow in numbers each morning. We are still seeing plenty of PMDs, Caddis, and Yellow Sallies. Throughout the day changing up patterns should yield more fish. Tricos and midges right off the bat. Then moving to PMD patterns. And lastly moving to Yellow Sallie patterns.

Miracle Mile- 1000 CFS. The PMDs are coming off in big numbers! You might see a residual stone, but I would put more focus on the PMDs and Caddis. Pat’s Rubber Legs, Poxyback PMD, Split back PMD, PSL, Rusty RS2, and the All Day May have been the go to’s.

Fremon/Cardwell- 400 cfs. The flows have come down and bit, but hasn’t effected the fish. With flows dropping water temps have started coming up and that is making the bugs pop! PMDs and Caddis are the big hatches with Tricos starting to make their presences. Throwing Para Adams, Purple Rooster, and Renegade on the surface in some of the slower moving water has been good. Midge larva, poxyback PMD, Split Case PMD, Hares Ear, PT, and Rusty RS2 are great nymphing patterns.

Grey Reef- 2500 CFS. The dry fly action has picked up the past few days! a Single dry or dry dropper close to the bank has been doing well. Lots of fish are now in the shallows looking for that easy meal. Tricos have started to come off in the mornings followed by PMDs and Sallies. If you are looking to throw some dries Para Adams, Purple Rooster, Renegade, and GS Trico are some great patterns. Hares ear, PT, Poxyback PMD, Mayhem Midge, UV midge, soft hackle Sallie, and Rusty RS2 are the go to nymph patterns.

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Bug Buffet! North Platte fishing Report

Summer bugs are here and the fishing are LOVING IT! PMD’s, yellow sallies, and caddis are all on the menu now. Fishing has remained consistently good throughout all three tailwaters, we’re even getting some dry fly action! This weeks weather forecast seems to be more of the same, hot and calm, should keep these bugs coming off. We do have some cottage availability early this week, give us a call to get your trip booked.

Miracle Mile- 1,500 CFS The stonefly hatch is winding down, but not the fishing. PMD’s are coming off pretty thick as well as some midges. Pats rubber legs, PSL, Poxyback PMD, rusty RS2, and the all day may have all been killer patterns.

Fremont/ Cardwell 950 CFS Fishing has been great here even with the higher flows, don’t let the big water scare you off, the fish love it! PMD and caddis patterns have been our go-tos. Solitudes poxyback PMD, birds nest, CDC case pmd emerger, or the bubbleback pmd have been getting it done.

Grey Reef- below Casper- 3,000 CFS Fishing has been excellent, especially when the bugs are coming off, midges in the morning, PMD’s, yellow sallies, and caddis midmoring- afternoon. Mercers Poxyback PMD, Juju PMD, all day may, or the CDC rusty RS2 are all great options right now. Keep an eye out for rising fish, a PMD comparadun or the rusty cripple PMD have been getting a few eats!

As always don’t hesitate to call or stop by the shop with any questions!

Fourth of July North Platte Fishing Report

Happy Birthday America! Fishing has been awesome this past week and just get better through the holiday weekend! We’re seeing lots of summer bugs out and about and the fish are really keying in on them. We’re finding fish in a lot fun buggy spots, riffles, shelves, and drop offs.

Grey Reef- 3,000 CFS Fishing has been consistently good from Grey Reef all the way through Casper. Leeches have still been on the menu but flies like Mercer’s Poxyback PMD, Gabriel’s Trumpet, Rusty Rs2’s, and the Birds nest have all been go-tos. We’ve definitely shortened and lightened up our rigs, trying not to hit bottom much at all. If this bug trend continues the rest of the summer should be nothing short of great!

Miracle Mile- 1,500 CFS Stoneflies are definitely out and about and fishing has been good, but there has been a fair amount of pressure up there. Pat’s Rubber legs, Halfbacks, leeches, san juan worms, and pmd patterns have all been producing fish.

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell 900 CFS – The fishing has been good up here, PMD’s Caddis, and midges have all been getting it done. A Bead head poxyback pmd trailed with a RS2 or a mayhem midge has been good. Keep an eye out for fish looking up, an Elk Hair Caddis can be deadly this time of year.

As always if you have any questions call or stop by the shop. Hope everyone has a fun, safe, and fishy 4th of July!

Summertime on the Reef!

With Summer officially underway we are about to get buggy! One thing we are always looking forward this time of year is the Golden Stonefly hatch. Over the past few days the Golden Stones have started their emergence on The Mile. Anytime now there will be giant bugs littered over the surface! Our guides have been throwing a lot of Pat’s Rubber Legs, Red or purple San Juan worms, PSL in natural or brown. Then trailing with RS2 foam post, Mayhem Midge, and Caddis emergers. Above the bridge we are going 5-5 1/5 ft weight to indicator with 2-BBs. Below the bridge 6-6 1/2 ft weight to indicator with 2-BBs or 1-3/0.

The Reef has seen water temps between 54 and 56 degrees. That means the bugs are starting to hatch! We have seen plenty of Caddis from Grey Reef Dam all the way into Casper. PMDs and Yellow Sallies have just started to come off. The dry fly fishing hasn’t started yet, but it’s just around the corner! With water temps where they are there are a multitude of patterns to pick from. Try running a PSL in natural or brown, Red or purple San Juan worm, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Caddis pupa as your 1st bug. Then trail with RS2 foam post in grey or brown, Mayhem Midge black or grey, Z Wing Caddis, CDC PMD emerger, or Poxyback PMD. Look for the soft water on fast runs, and current lines when the river widens.

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell has been seeing some of the same action as the Reef. Caddis, PMDs, and plenty of Midges. Suggested patterns are Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Midge larva, Caddis pupa for your 1st fly. Trail those patterns with RS2 foam post in grey or brown, Mayhem Midge grey or black, UV chocolate emerger, or The Reef’s Maggot. Run your rigs 5-5 1/2 ft weight to indicator with 2-BBs.

Flows as of 6/22-

Miracle Mile- 3400 cfs

Fremont/Cardwell- 2000 cfs

Reef- 3500 cfs

As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop in or call the shop at 307-232-9128!