Current conditions on the big three are as follows:
GREY REEF: 3,600cfs, clear from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge. Mostly clear from Government Bridge to Casper.
MIRACLE MILE: 2,350cfs, clear.
FREMONT: 1,425cfs, clear.
Well, it has been a fantastic week in Central Wyoming. With the exception of a few days, the weather has been nothing short of spectacular. Very little wind, temps in the 80s and sun…doesn’t get much better than that. As guide JJ Randolph would call it, we’ve officially entered the “glory days”. So how’s the fishing? Grey Reef is fishing well. We are picking up some minor vegetation floating in the water column but thats pretty standard for this time of year. Nymphing continues to be our most consistent method for catching fish. Leeches and worms on the point, followed by a PMD dropper. Pretty simple but it’s working. We have moved to a shorter, lighter rig. 3.5-5ft and 1-2AB split shot. We are even fishing this rig in the deeper spots. Not quite our famed “mini rig” but we are most certainly getting the feeding fish, positioned in the middle of the water column. If nymphing is not your program we are seeing some success throwing attractor dries and/or hoppers as well as streamers. We do have a ridiculous number of hoppers this year in Central Wyoming and as our neighbors begin cutting their alfalfa fields, it will only get better. Based on the dry conditions this season and a few other factors, we could have a little earlier start to hopper mania. Onto the Mile…not to sound like a broken record but Pat’s rubber legs. I know it’s been on our past few reports but it continues to work. Our crew has yet to see large numbers of adults but there’s still a little bit of Seth’s snowdrift hanging on. (19 year veteran NPL and TRFS guide Seth Kapust as a particular drift that he watches to gauge the height of the stonefly hatch.) Big foam dries should be on the menu in the coming weeks. Fremont continues to see a larger volumn of water than normal but it is fishing pretty well. Again, as with past reports we are throwing bigger patterns; leeches, worms and crane flies. Although, I wouldn’t be afraid to a throw big dry/dropper rig off the drops and inside seams…