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Nice Weather and Nicer fish!

The time to get up here and fish is now! The weather has been just spectacular and the fishing just as good. The water temps have increased and that has gotten the fish all charged up, they are going crazy when you hook them!

With the increase in water temps we have been seeing more and more baetis activity on the water. A grey or chocolate RS2 has been the ticket when the bugs are out. Otherwise leeches, san juans, and red annelids have been our go-tos.

Flows have stayed stable: Grey Reef-1,000 CFS Excellent clarity to below Casper

Miracle Mile- 2,600 CFS Excellent clarity

Fremont- 75 CFS also excellent clarity

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

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Spring Fishing is Here!

Spring fishing is in full swing on the North Platte. Fishing has been on fire on all three tailwaters lately. With most days hitting around 50 degrees the weather has been good and looks to stay that way through the weekend. Fish are spawning on all tailwaters right now so watch out for the spawning fish. Don’t walk on or target fish on redds, there are plenty of fish in the runs feeding. Don’t forget about the cable closure below Grey Reef Dam, cable to cable all of the month of April.

Fremont-75cfs Fishing has been really good especially with smaller stuff. Mayhem midge, Reef’s LAZY, brassie, all day may, and flashbang midges are all great patterns right now.

Miracle Mile-2,700 CFS- Fishing has been hot since they increased the flows. Makes for more water to fish, leeches, scuds, san juans, eggs, and midges have all been good. Swinging streamers like the rusty trombone or the goldie have been working well.

Grey reef- Casper 1,000 CFS The river looks great all of the way to casper. We floated down to watco bridge in Casper and got some nice fish to eat Galloups Peanut envy a few days ago. On the upper section, Leeches, reef worms, and midges have all been working really well. We have been doing better with a shorter light rig 4-5 Ft indicator to weight a B or a BB as the weight. Fish the softer edges and seams, there are more fish and larger ones than running your flies down the middle.

 

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

Flush Fishing is ON!

Fishing has been just on fire during the flush! We have had boats out this past week doing everything from riding the “wave” down to wade fishing after the flows drop. The fish are pumped up and on the feed. Leeches, scuds, and worms are all on the menu. The flush will continue through Wednesday the 21st and be back to normal on 3/22.

Fremont- 75 CFS No flush up here so stick your normal fare up here. Midges, annelids, and a few leeches. The PAL, LAZY, and flashbang midge have all go-to patterns. On the right day the streamer fishing has also been good, thin mints, near nuff sculpin, and the rusty trombone have been our best flies.

Miracle Mile 1,000 CFS The flows are up here, but they are not flushing the river. The flows should stay at 1,000 CFS until the end of the month. Leeches, san juans, otters eggs, and the all day may are working well! Swinging streamers like the goldie or the rusty trombone has also been getting some big fish!

Grey Reef- 4000-500 CFS- The Reef has been seriously good, focus all of you attention of the softer edges and slower water. We’ve been running 4.5-6 ft indicator to weight with a “BB” and a “B” as the weight. UV Leeches, HH Leeches, Impalers, reef worms, San Juan worms, and scuds have all been money!

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

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Flush Fever!

Fishing has been lights out on the days leading up to the flush! Streamers, nymphs and even some dries have all been working well. Looks like we have some incredible weather for the first week of the flush, couldn’t pick a better time to be here!

The annual flush of Grey Reef is slated to begin tomorrow, 3/12, and go until 3/21. During this time the Bureau of Reclamation increases the flow out of Grey Reef Dam from 500 CFS to 4000 CFS back down to 500 CFS everyday for ten days. The flush scours the river bottom to make great spawning habitat for our Grey Reef rainbows.

1:00 to 3:00AM 2,000 CFS

3:00 to 7:00AM 4,000 CFS

7:00 to 8:00 AM 3,000 CFS

8:00 to 9:00Am 2,000 CFS

9:00 to 10:00 AM 1,000 CFS

10:00 to Midnight 500 CFS

During this time tons of food gets kicked up and the trout can go on a feeding frenzy! San Juan worms, squirmy worms, PSL’s, UV leeches, Hot head leeches, and crane fly larva are all great patterns to use during this time.

If you have any questions or would like to book a trip, don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or give us a call. Happy Flush Fishing!

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Spring is in the air!

It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like spring in Central Wyoming.  Temperatures in the 50s this past weekend kicked off some lower river runoff and it seems like we are well on our way.  Although conditions below Government Bridge have worsened, upper Grey Reef(Dam-Ledge Creek) continues to stay in excellent condition as is the fishing.  All three tailwaters; Fremont(72cfs), Grey Reef(500cfs) and Miracle Mile(500cfs) are producing solid numbers of healthy fish.  Our guides have been mixing things up with the streamer and nymph fishing.   As far as our nymph rigs go-we have been rigged 6-8ft, 1-3 b shot and the following bugs…reef worm, PAL, GS mayhem, mini impaler, pine squirrel leech and various scuds(orange, amber, tan).  Streamer wise, we’ve really been keeping it pretty simple…articulated rusty trombone on a intermediate line and your good-to-go…just remember to slow down your retrieve.

Winter Wonderland Fishing Report for the North Platte River

Winter weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean the fishing has slowed any! Fishing has been great from the Miracle Mile all the way through The Reef. With colder temps that means less people, now is the time to come fish in solitude. Flows are steady at their winter levels and shouldn’t change until spring. As the cold sets in fish will be more concentrated in the slower deeper runs.

Fremont/Cardwell-75 CFS- Fishing has been really good, Flasbang midge, PAL, LAZY, scuds, and leeches have been our best flies. Keep an eye out for rising fish when the temperature rises above freezing and the midges start hatching. Dry fly midge fishing can be challenging but a very fun option mid-winter.

Miracle Mile-550 CFS- Definitely the most crowded out of any the tailwaters, but the fishing has still been good. Worms, scuds, leeches, rhinestone, and the All Day May have been the go-tos. Streamers like the Goldie or its cousin the Rusty Trombone have been really good on some days! The road was in good condition as of a few days ago, however with last nights snow that could’ve changed.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS- Fishing has been just awesome on the reef. The streamer bite was on FIRE the other day with the Rusty Trombone. As we go into winter it’s best to focus on the warmest part of the day, as that’s when the fish are most active. Nymphing has been really solid as well. A natural pine squirrel leech with an All Day May behind is the ticket. Running anywhere from 4-6 ft indicatr to weight with a BB or 2 as your weight.

As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to stop by the shop or give us a call. Hope everyone has a very happy and safe Christmas!

 

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!