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Hoppertunities Abound! 7/20/2020

The fishing lately has been really fun, a good mix of nymphing, hoppers, and even a handful of streamers! Flows just dropped on The Mile and are still holding steady on Grey Reef and Fremont, but we do expect a drop in soon. The Weather has been in the low 90’s with some breeze in the afternoon which is a perfect storm for hopper fishing! If you haven’t experienced the hopper hatch on the Reef now is the time. We should have great dry fly fishing all the way into October!

The Rig: We’ve been fishing a really similar rig on all three tailwaters lately, an attractor up front like a Pat’s Rubber legs, Pine Squirrel Leech, or a san juan worm. We follow that up with a bead head fly like a Prince nymph, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Poxypack PMD, Demon Sally or a tung teaser. For the bottom, some form of emerger as been good, midges and tricos in the AM switching to sallies, caddis and PMD’s in the PM. We’ve been fishing 3-4.5 Ft indicator to weight with 1-3 “BB’s” as our weight. 3x leaders going to 4x tippet on the smaller flies.

Miracle Mile 2,000 CFS- Clarity is off on the mile due to the reservoirs turning over, but that hasn’t affected the fishing. While the Golden Stonefly hatch is all but done the PMD’s, and Caddis are in full swing. You can try to throw some hoppers along the banks but nymphing has definitely been producing more fish.The is some floating vegetation but it’s really not too bad, it gets more prevalent the closer you get to Pathfinder. Right now the last bit of current before you reach the reservoir is around Chalk Bluffs. Use caution when driving around down there the lake is dropping and leaving the banks really soft. It is very easy to get stuck in that black stinky mud!

Fremont/Cardwell 1,600 CFS- Clarity is also pretty green right now, again it hasn’t affected the fishing. Fish are in all the cool “fishy” spots: shelves, drop offs, riffles and seams. We don’t recommend venturing into the Canyon section right now with the water being so swift.

Grey Reef-Casper 3,600 CFS- The clarity is great on the Reef and gets slightly green as you get closer to Casper. There is some floating vegetation out there if you stick to fishing the faster water and banks it’s not too much of an issue. The best thing you can do is make a proper backcast and most of that stuff comes right off. The hopper fishing has been insane some days and okay on others. South Fork Chernobyl, More-or-less hoppers in purple, pink goldenrod and tan, and the donkey kong hopper have all been winners! We’ve also been throwing some sallies behind our hoppers like the Headlight Sally, #16 rubberleg Stimi, or a clownshoe Sally.

 

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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…

 

Current Fishing Report

I guess let us start with the conditions.  Current flows as of 11:00am on July 19 are as follows:

GREY REEF-3,600cfs, clear from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock.

MIRACLE MILE-2,400cfs, clear.

FREMONT CANYON/CARDWELL-1,350cfs, clear.

GREY REEF-  We are still living a little bit in “the between” zone.  Baetis have tapered off and PMDs are the next big hatch.  The nymphs are definitely starting to get more active so you’ll want some PMDs nymphs in the box.  San juans, pine squirrel leeches, various midge patterns, pheasant tails, caddis and PMDs are going to be the go-to nymph patterns.  You can fish them heavy and short(3-4ft/1-2AAA) to the banks or lengthen out(6-7ft/1-3AAA) and hit the inside seams and/or shelves.  If your wanting to get away from the nymph program we have been moving some good fish on streamers, as well pitching foam flies to the banks.

MIRACLE MILE-  Although we have seen very few adults, golden stone nymphs are on the menu.  Pat’s rubber legs has been our number one fly on the Mile for the past few weeks.  Other than that, worms, pheasant tails and foam-wing RS2s are producing as well.  FYI 2,400cfs is a wade fishing friendly level for the Mile.

FREMONT CANYON/CARDWELL-  If your familiar with Fremont, then you already aware that the flows are up, way up.  Minimum flow is 72cfs.  That being said, if you’ve never fished it at a higher flow, prepare yourself.  It’s a different animal.  The canyon will be more or less inaccessible and crossing the river is not an option.  As we posted before you will want to concentrate on the inside.  Find the soft water!  San juans, leeches, craneflies, crayfish and caddis…be prepared to adjust length/weight from spot to spot.

Well, thats what we’ve been seeing on the North Platte Tailwater’s.  Weather is really starting to get nice around here and the best fishing of the season, in my opinion, is yet to happen.  Please stop in if your in the area!

 

Bring on the summer!

We had some big thunderstorms roll through the area last night and conditions below Government Bridge this morning were poor.  But it should recover quickly with Grey Reef flows at 3,600cfs.  Fishing on Grey Reef remains good as we enter the “in between” period of predominant hatches.  BWO’s have more or less wrapped it up and PMDs, caddis and sallies will be coming up next.  So what should you be using right now?  Leeches, reef worms, san juan worms and pheasant tails is a great place to start.  Concentrate on the inside seams and drop-offs…and at this level it’s time to start throwing to some banks.  Miracle Mile continues to hold at 2,500cfs and we are still fishing the Pat’s rubber legs, as the golden stonefly nymphs are getting more active.  Expect that hatch to pop towards the end of the month.  Fremont Canyon is currently flowing at 2,500cfs.  Big water!!  Look for the slowest water possible and break out the leeches, worms, and pheasant tails.

Memorial Day Weekend Report

Hope everyone is having a good weekend thus far.  For any of you folks headed our way, we just wanted to give you a quick conditions/fishing report for the North Platte.  Grey Reef is currently flowing at 3,500cfs.  Water clarity is excellent from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge, below Government Bridge to Casper clarity is very good.  Nymphing and streamer fishing is the name of the game.  Our guides have been fishing 5-7.5ft, 1-3 AB with either a pine squirrel leech, san juan worm, PAL, mayhem and/or pheasant tail.  On the streamer end of things we have been doing well on rusty trombones, dungeons and/or the kreelex.

Miracle Mile flows are currently 2,500cfs with excellent clarity.  Pathfinder Reservoir is at 95% capacity so the reservoir is backed up to roughly Goose Island area.  Without question our go-to rig has been a Pats rubber legs and a cdc pheasant tail.  Pretty simple but it’s working.

Fremont Canyon aka Cardwell is currently at 1,400cfs.  It is fishing well but you’ll want to stick to the inside of the run.  The slower the water, the better!  Try throwing bigger stuff, leeches, worms, craneflies, etc.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!  If your in the area, please stop in.

*****Apologies but our website has been experiencing technical issues and we have lost fishing reports from 3/10/2020-5/23/2020.  We are currently working to have this issue resolved.*****

 

Flush Announced and Current Conditions

The spring flush for Grey Reef has officially been announced.  Flushing flows will begin on March 28 and it will be a 10-day flush.  The flush will begin at midnight and will end, each day at 10am.  As far as current conditions go…we are experiencing some low elevation run-off, so conditions below Government Bridge have been mostly un-fishable the past week.  That being said, Upper Grey Reef(Dam-Lusby) is in good shape and the fishing has been excellent.  Roads are now open to Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile.  In the case of the Mile you need to exercise caution and be prepared.  As always, all of the above, is subject to change.  We will keep you posted!!

The Report

The days are definitely getting longer and it looks like warmer days are on the horizon.  Really hard to believe that it is almost March!  As we start to make our way out of the “winter months”, I have to say things are looking pretty good.  Snow pack in the North Platte drainage is currently at 100+% and reservoir levels are in great shape (Seminoe 78% and Pathfinder 83%).  Based on those numbers it’s safe to say we are in pretty good water shape!  Per usual, we are currently on track for a mid-March flush for Grey Reef, tentatively slated for the 15-24 slot.  That being said, it is subject to change and as always we will keep you updated.

Current winter conditions on Grey Reef are as good as you can ask for.  The river is currently “floatable” from Grey Reef Dam to Government Bridge and with mild temperatures there is plenty of wade fishing to be had on the lower sections.  If you’ve been following us on instagram your probably aware of road closures to both Fremont Canyon and Miracle Mile.  Conditions are improving but you still need to exercise extreme caution if you are considering heading that way.  Don’t hesitate to call us at the shop for updated road conditions. 307-232-9128

As for the general fishing report, we have been hitting the water every chance we can get.  We have had multiple guided trips over the past week and fishing has been solid as you would expect.  Pre-flush February and March can make for some tremendous streamer fishing and the nymphing has been a nothing short of spectacular.  Tan and/or olive on the streamer front, with the rusty trombone standing out as our number one producer.  If your in the nymphing mood you really can go wrong with the standards; pine squirrel leeches, reef worms, scuds(amber) and a PAL or rhinestone.  Fish these flies, find the appropriate length/weight and you should be in the fish!

NORTH PLATTE RIVER FLY FISHING REPORT 1/25/2020

Fishing has been great this week! Weekend temps look awesome, highs in the low 40’s and upper 30’s. Upper Grey Reef down to Lusby has opened and is floatable, we don’t know about anything lower than that. Shoulder season rates are going until March 14th $450 for a full day guided trip, 2 nights in a cottage and full day guided trip for $650
Fremont/cardwell is still at 500 CFS and will be there through mid February. They are doing warranty work on the power plant and are diverting the water through the meadow/canyon until they’re done. With this larger water focus your efforts on the slowest water you can find. Inside corners and tail outs have all been producing.
Miracle mile is also fishing well! The road out there is definitely passable, just be cautious of side roads. The drifts can be deceivingly bad. Fishing has been good nymphing, but especially with streamers. Keep your retrieve slow!
The BigHorn in Thermopolis fished great this week! Nymphing was solid with leeches, Annelids, and sow bugs. Streamer fishing was also productive, the olive peanut envy was our best fly. Fishing the slower flats with a fast retrieve on a sinking line worked best for us. We are offering a shoulder season special $475 for 1 day and $450/day for a multiple day trip!
Nymphs: BH Brassie, Flashbag Midge, Red Midge Larva, Juju Midge, leeches, Reef Worms, and Scuds.
Streamers: Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Kreelex, peanut Envy, DWFC Flash Minnow.
Dries: Brooks Sprout Midge, small Parachute Adams, Matt’s Midge, and a Griffiths Gnat.
As always if you want to book a trip or have any questions stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128

North Platte River Fly Fishing Report 1/20/2020

What a good weekend of fishing, we hit all three tailwaters and they are all fishing great! Flows in Fremont Canyon have been bumped to 500 CFS, we don’t know how long this will last but it’s a fun time to fish the meadow. We would recommend fishing the meadow and not venturing into the canyon at these flows. Leeches were the ticket up there, you’ll have to fish heavier and deeper than you normally would. Focus on the slowest, deepest water you can find, the inside corners and tail-outs all held fish. Like we said leeches were hot but also try Reef Worms, Scuds ,and Midges, we didn’t try it but swinging a streamer that could be productive. We will get up there this week and give some streamers a try.

Grey Reef is still locked up with ice above Lusby, so stick to wade fishing for the moment. All of the deeper runs below the dam are wadable and fishing well. The Mile produced some nice fish yesterday swing streamers! The road wasn’t perfect, but definitely passable. Be wary of some of the side roads leading down to the river, there are some nasty drifts going into certain runs.

Grey Reef- 500 CFS

Miracle Mile- 550 CFS

Fremont/Cardwell- 500 CFS

Nymphs: BH Brassie, Juju Midge, PAL, Red Midge Larva, Macgruber Midge, Biot Emerger, UV Emerger, Flashbang Midge, Pine Squirrel Leech, Scuds, and Reef Worms.

Streamers: Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Kreelex, Peanut Envy, Dungeons, and DWFC Flash Minnows.

Dries: Small Parachute Adams, Griffiths Gnat, Matt’s Midge, and Brook’s Sprout Midge.

We are heading up to the Big Horn in Thermopolis tomorrow and will have a report coming up this week. We are running a shoulder season special up there, $475 for a full day guided trip!

If you have any questions or want to book a trip, stop by the shop or give us a call at 307-232-9128!

 

Good Weekend for Some Fishing! North Platte Fly Fishing Report

Fishing has still been consistently good on our tailwater sections of the North Platte and with rising temps this weekend has some great fishing opportunities! Looks like highs in the mid 30’s with lots of sun and not much of that “W” word. Grey Reef is still frozen over at the “Three Islands” section of braids above lusby but there are plenty of great wade fishing options to be had. We DO NOT recommend portaging your boat over ice!!! If you do want to float give us a call and take advantage of our shoulder season guide rates! We have private put boat ramps that still allow us to float the upper Grey Reef. The Mile and fremont, both, are accessible and have been fishing great!

Patterns and techniques are all pretty similar on all our sections of the North Platte right now. Most of the fish are holding in the deeper, slower runs and pools. Nymph a little deeper and heavier, anywhere from 4-6 Ft indicator to weight with 1-2 “BB’s” as your weight. With streamers keep the retrieve really slow or slowly swing your flies in the deep sections on the river. On the right day we are seeing some fish feeding on the surface, pick your fish and have a nice soft presentation.

Nymphs: BH Brassie, Flashbang Midge in red and black, Red Midge Larva, PAL, Zebra Midge in red, black and purple, Scuds in olive, tan and orange, Pine Squirrel leeches in brown, black and olive, and Reef Worms in both red and purple.

Streamers: Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Peanut Envys in black, olive, and white, Dungeons in natural and white, and the Kreelex.

Dries: Parachute Adams #20-22, griffiths Gnat, and Matt’s Midge.

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