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Post Storm Fly Fishing Report and Grey Reef Flush Update!

While most of Wyoming and Colorado was hit by a major winter storm Alcova and Grey Reef hardly got an inch of snow! The roads are all opening up and the weather this weekend looks prime! Our cottages are full this weekend, but we still have guide availability. Please Call the shop for updated Miracle mile road reports.

The flush of Grey Reef is NOT happening this year due to a few different circumstances. Do not worry, the fishing has been and will remain good. We saw increased flows in October last year and that cleared out a ton of sediment and debris from the spawning areas. Honestly the fishing every year is usually the same pre flush as it is post flush. It’s just kind of a different and fun way to kick off to the season. We just beefed up our snowpack with the last storm and should hopefully be able to fill some of our reservoirs.

Flies: Fishing has been really good on all three tailwaters, conveniently the flies are similar for all of them. Leeches in brown, olive, natural #10, Reef Worms in red and purple #12-18, Scuds in olive, pink and orange #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-18, Mayhem Midges black and purple #18-20, All day May in olive #18, PAL #16-20, and Rhinestone in #18-20 have all been great patterns the past few weeks!

Flows: Flows are low and will stay that way for the next few weeks. The only change we are supposed to see is Grey Reef go back up to 500 CFS from 400CFS

Grey Reef-400 CFS

Miracle Mile-500 CFS

Fremont canyon- 72 CFS

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

Spring is on it’s way!

Well, here we are.  Hard to believe it’s already March and thus far it has been a lamb.  Temperatures the past week have been in the 50s and 60s with relatively mild winds.  That being said, Grey Reef is at 500cfs and open from the Dam to Casper.  Keep in mind, warmer temps are causing the lower elevation snow to runoff, so water conditions have been variable below Government Bridge.  The upper is currently in great shape and the fishing, as you would expect, is good.  A few fish starting to make redds but we are still on the front side of the spawn.  It has pretty much been a nymphing/streamer game as of late.  Pine squirrel leech, reef worm, PAL, rhinestone, mayhem midge, pheasant tail-have been our top producing nymph patterns.  Length/weight has been 4-7ft with 1-3(BB) split shot.  On the streamer front…rusty trombone, goldie, kreelex have been our top picks.  We prefer fishing them on the Airflo 40+ fast intermediate line…it just seems to hit the sweet spot in the water column.

We currently DO NOT have any updates in regards to the SPRING FLUSH.  As soon as we know anything we will let you know.

Spring Weather is Here! North Platte Fly Fishing Report!

Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! The fishing has been great and have guide trips out quite a bit! The weather looks great for the next ten days and the fish are on the feed! We still have our shoulder season rates going through March 15th and some availability left! Call the shop and lets get your 2021 fishing season started off right!

There has been no official announcement of the 2021 Flush. We will update our social pages and this report once we have confirmed dates. The flush is historically set for the second week of March.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS Fishing has been great on The Reef as you would expect from the North PLatte’s most consistent fishery. Leeches have been the top producer. Chocolate, natural and olive are all working well. Reef worms in red and purple, the Reef’s PAL, mayhem midges, tubing midges, and the Rhinestone are all getting fish too! The river is open from the Dam to Government bridge!

Fremont Canyon/Cardwell- 75 CFS It has been pretty busy up there so you might want to sixe down your tippet and get a little “techy”. Mini rigs for midges and good presentations!  The PAL, Tubing midges, Reef worms, Rhinestones, Mayhem Midges, and pheasant tails.

Miracle Mile – 530 CFS Fishing has been good lately but also have to deal with some crowds. Leeches are still the go to followed by Reef worms and san juan worms, the PAL, rhinestone and mayhem midges. Theres been sgreat midge hatches out there everyday!

Give us a call or stop be the shop if you have any questions!

 

Mild Winter

It has been a strangely mild winter in Central Wyoming, no doubt. Moderate temperatures and lackluster snowfall, it’s a marked contrast from this time last year. Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont are all in great shape and fishing well. Flows have stabilized, with roughly 500cfs (current flows as of 1/27/2021: Miracle Mile-490cfs, Fremont-72cfs, and Grey Reef-501cfs) moving down the system, top to bottom. We have mostly been spending our time on Grey Reef as of late. And just a heads up, with some colder days/nights mixed in, floating to Lusby can be questionable. That being said make sure you check in with us or someone local before committing to floating.
Nymphs, streamers with the occasional dry-fly pod seems to be the name of the game. Standard nymph fare-leeches, reef worms, scuds, PALs, mayhems are a great place to start. Fish are definitely concentrated at the middle to lower half of the run, so think a little longer-5-8ft, 1-3 BB split shot, 3X and 4X tippet. Streamers are definitely worth your time as well. An intermediate line or a small sink-tip is working well on a slow strip. Single hooked or small articulated patterns in white, tan and/or olive have being working best. And on the calm days keep your eyes peeled for fish on top. It’s been nothing crazy but we are getting a few on various midge dries.

Welcome to 2021! North Platte Fly Fishing Report!

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fun and safe holidays. We are back to being open everyday of the week from 8:00 to 2:00 and still have some awesome deals in the shop before our 2021 gear arrives. We had guides out over the past week and had some good weather and great fishing! We fished The Mile, Afterbay, and Grey Reef, as usual The Reef outshined them all.

We have our shoulder season rates going on until March 15th: Half Day Guided trip- $350, Full day Guided trip- $450 1 night in a cottage and 1 full day guided fishing-$575, and 2 nights in a cottage and 1 full day guided trip- $625. This is a great time to fish the North Platte with no crowds and good fishing!

Flows are up in Fremont and the Miracle Mile as they are filling up Alcova reservoir. Miracle Mile is flowing at 1,200 CFS and Fremont is around 2,2,00 CFS. They are still very fishable just focus on the slower tailouts and edges of runs.

Flies are similar on all three tailwaters right now: Pine Squirrel leeches, Reef Worms, Scuds, Mayhem Midges, tubing midges, the LAZY, the brassie, and RS2’s have all been working. Some days it definitely pays off to be shorter, lighter, and higher up in the water column. Other days it seems you have to be deep and heavy, so I always start off short and light and work my way down from there. Streamer fishing has also been working: Goldies, Rusty Trombone, kreelex, peacock buggers, and all peanut envys are the go-tos.

If you have any questions or want to book your next trip give us a call or stop by the shop!

Taste of Winter

After a very mild start to December its finally starting to feel a little bit more like winter in Central Wyoming.  Highs have consistently been in the 30s for the past week and we have even been getting a little snow.  Let’s keep hoping for more, especially in the upper drainage.  If you’ve been keeping up with our past reports, Alcova reservoir saw a serious decrease in lake level this October.  Well, that should begin to change on December 19, as they will begin filling the reservoir.  That being said, expect increased water flows on both the Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon during this period.

As for the fishing, it is good.  Floating ice below Government Bridge has most folks spending their time on the upper river.  Nymphs and streamers are producing the numbers but don’t rule out fish on top when the midges start popping.  The fish are definetly oriented towards their winter haunts.  Softer edges and the lower half of the run seems to hold the larger concentrations of trout.  Pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, PALs, rhinestones, brassies, all-day mays have been our go-tos.  1-BBs and 4-7ft depending on the depth and speed of the water you’re fishing.  For the streamer fisherman out there, it’s still happening.  A small sink tip or intermediate line is the ticket.  Small articulated or bugger style patterns in tan or cream, olive and white have been the top producing colors on Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Things are well on our end.  Starting to dial in some off-season projects.  As always we will keep you updated via social media.  Grey Reef, Fremont and Miracle Mile all continue to stay in great condition.  The weather this month has been unseasonably mild, allowing us to get out fishing a little more than normal.  So more of the same on the fishing front.  Nymphs and streamers are the name of the game.  Although temperatures have been mild, water temps, especially on lower reaches of Grey Reef have dropped.  That has made the streamer fishing a little tough.  If your planning on heading down low to pitch the big stuff, slow your strip. For the nymphs it’s standard late fall-winter fare…leeches, reef worms, scuds and various midge patterns.  1-3BBs and 3-6ft in length.

Winding Down

Well, things are finally starting to slow down at the shop.  Pretty standard for this time of the year.  We would like to begin by saying thank you to everyone that stayed with us, fished with us or just stopped by in 2020.  THANK YOU!!!

Current conditions are as follows…low and clear on the Grey Reef(585cfs), Fremont(650cfs) and Miracle Mile(550cfs).  Obviously, flows are a little higher than normal for Fremont but the water looks great.  And as you would expect the conditions are excellent as well on the Reef and Mile.  The streamer bite is still very productive.  An intermediate line with a goldie or rusty trombone has been the go-to with the streamer program.  Another option, out of the boat, is a couple of smaller(weighted) ties on a floating line.  Cast up to the banks and slow strip back to the boat.  The nymph game is solid as you would expect.  Standard late fall, winter fare…leeches, reef worms, scuds and various midge patterns.  1-3BBs and 3-6ft in length, depending on the depth and speed of the water your fishing.  We are definitely seeing more fish holding mid to lower run.

Low Flow

Well, the increased flows for the first 20 days of October went off without a hitch.  Lots of big fish hit the net during the higher flows.  Grey Reef is now sitting at 600cfs and conditions are primo! Clear water and far less vegetation than usual.  Nymphs and streamers are definitely the name of the game.  As far as streamers are concerned, it seems to be a floating and/or intermediate line kind of program.  Smaller profile bugs(i.e. goldie, burgin bugger, crystal bugger, rusty trombone) have been working the best.  Fish the good banks and fish across the good runs.  Pretty simple.  On the nymph front we have rolled into the late season fare.  Leeches, reef worms, PALs, mayhem midges, scuds and/or RS2s.  3-6FT, 1-3BBs and 4X on the tippet.  With the clear conditions definitely consider throwing fluorocarbon.

Lowering Alcova Reservoir and the Grey Reef Trophy Trout Season

Grey Reef is the ultra-tailwater. This is a phrase we use to describe what the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River is and why it is such a consistent, productive, and trophy class fishery. We are blessed to have 5 reservoirs, closely spaced, immediately upstream from Grey Reef Dam. Two of these giant “settling ponds”, Seminoe and Pathfinder, are both very large each boasting a million acre-foot volume. The other unique feature to the arrangement of Grey Reef and its supporting impoundments are that there are no major mountain ranges to collect a snowpack and very sandy and rocky substrate that fails to create a traditional runoff scenario below the head of Seminoe Reservoir, the first lake in the system. Pre runoff fishing is superb,  peak runoff and Grey Reef is often the only good option in the game, post runoff is stellar and late season fishing is still rocking with a healthy water supply and heavily foraging trout. Water demand is reduced with the end of the irrigating season so Grey Reef flows are reduced to a very floatable, wadable, and productive 500cfs for the remainder of the fall and winter season.

This October Grey Reef is being utilized as a surrogate to unwanted water in Alcova Reservoir. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled some needed maintenance on Alcova Dam and as a result, they are lowering the level of the lake significantly. Since Oct 1st Grey Reef flows have been over 2000cfs or 4 to 5 times the “normal” October volume. This isn’t high water but it is high for the time of year. It has created some unique opportunities and big fish production has been a very welcomed result. But, what we might be the most excited about is the moment the BuRec cuts the surplus flows to Grey Reef. Imagine all of those crawdads and young-of-the-year fish displaced and scurrying to relocate into or near their normal October habitat. While the old fall flush is a fond memory of the past, this abrupt reduction of flows should parallel that event.

As of 10/19/20 Grey Reef flows are at 1300cfs and Miracle Mile Flows are 540cfs. Grey Reef streamer fishing has been exceptional and will only improve. Wade anglers thrive at these flows.