North Platte Conditions Report


GREY REEF-water below Grey Reef dam looks like iced tea.  It is fishable.  Fly Shop creek was running a little bit late this afternoon.

Fremont is in good shape as is the Miracle Mile.  Road conditions to the Mile…muddy.

North Platte River Conditions

03/08/2012 2:00pm

GREY REEF-slightly cloudy but clearing.

Just went down to Grey Reef Dam to talk to Brad, who is the king of Grey Reef wadefishing.  He was hooked up when I got there and hooked up as I was leaving.  According to him the fishing at the Dam is insane right now!  Pine squirrel leech, hot-head leech, san juan(purple) and an amber scud.  As far as the water conditions are concerned…anything downstream of Lusby is out of the question, MUDDY.  We are starting to see some minor runoff but it’s hard to say what’s going to happen.  It’s more than likely going to get worse by the end of the day but the effect on the river is yet to be seen.  We still have plenty of low elevation snow but the worst could be over for now.  We will post another updated river conditions report this evening…stay tuned.

North Platte River Conditions

03/07/2012 3:36pm

GREY REEF-muddy below Grey Reef Dam.  Our best guess is it probably isn’t going to clear by tomorrow.  With the warmer temperatures it might get worse but we are not going to make that call until it happens.  We will update Grey Reef river conditions tomorrow morning.

FREMONT CANYON-mostly clear.

MIRACLE MILE-mostly clear but the road is muddy and icy in spots.

Glad our guides and anglers got a least one day in on the lower river.  Jim Peterson and Seth managed some really nice rainbows floating below Government Bridge.  From the sounds of it the fishing was on fire until the river blew out around 3:00…after that they came up to do the upper river to finish out their day. Stu fished Fremont and from the sounds of it, the catching was non stop…reef worm, PAL, mini impaler, pulsating emerger.  They boys headed up to the Mile today and caught a pile of big fish on otter egg’s and a small purple san juan.

Current conditions on Grey Reef are less than perfect.  Eagle and Blue Creek are dumping mud into Grey Reef Reservoir at a very rapid rate and from what we are seeing Grey Reef may be BLOWN OUT tommorrow!  Attached is a picture taken at the fly shop at 3:00pm.


Here is the link to the North Platte Lodge weather station.  Finally a weather station that tells us exactly whats going on at Grey Reef.  Enjoy!

Not much has changed on the North Platte.  Had some nice weather yesterday and the fishing was good from the reports we gathered.  Brad hit up Cardwell for a few hours in the afternoon and did REALLY well nymphing LAZYs, PALs and a foam wing RS2.  I went out for about an hour and swung a Morrish medusa on the Scott 1156/7 switch rod…had six or so fish eat the big bug.  Pretty windy and cold today but it looks like we have a warmer weather pattern heading our way this weekend and early next week.

Grey Reef and Miracle Mile Fishing Report

Wind was the enemy over the weekend!  Friday and Saturday had sustained winds around 30-40mph and gusts to 70mph.  We decided to cancel our day trips and move them to following weekend…wise thing to do.  Sunday shaped up nicely and yesterday was an absolute peach.

Grey Reef continues to nymph very well and we did manage a few fish on dries (midges) in the late morning-early afternoon.  We had two groups head to the Mile yesterday for a walk-wade adventure and it was good.  Nymphing, without question, was the ticket but a good number of nice fish were caught stripping/swinging a goldie and/or a home invader(black).  Other than the goldie the fish definitely seemed to be keyed in on anything black as far streamers go.

Road conditions to the Mile were mostly good with a few slick/drifted/muddy spots along the way.  This could be changing drastically, as we are currently getting pounded with wind and snow this morning.

Grey Reef Spring Flush

So we have been fielding a lot of calls and emails in regards to the spring flush on Grey Reef.  From what we have a heard, courtesy a few of our inside sources is at this point in time it does not sound like we will have one.

With the current reservoir levels and snowpack, we might be seeing another year of early increased flows.  This of course would make the spring flush obsolete.  Obviously we are NOT the Bureau of Reclamation so this can change at anytime.  As always we will do our best to  keep everyone informed.

Miracle Mile Road Conditions

As of 2/24/12 the conditions to Miracle Mile from Alcova are mostly good.  Icy and drifting snow in  a few spots.  Conditions can change daily, so you definitely want 4 wheel drive and make sure you let someone know of your plans.

After weeks of beautiful winter weather we are back to some wind today.  Some is a very loose term…it’s probably blowing 50mph on Grey Reef today.  While we may gripe about the wind, it means the mountain ranges that feed our Wyoming rivers are currently getting pounded with snow.  Not a bad trade off.

As for the fishing…Grey Reef continues to fish really well.  Midge dries on those calm/overcast days and nymphs/streamers on everything in between.  Standard nymph setup on Grey Reef has been 6-9ft, 1-2AB split shot and leech/egg/worm/midge setup…two or three fly configuration.  We are still picking up good numbers of BIG Grey Reef rainbows and browns on Medusa’s, home invaders, sex dungeons, etc….and as always the Goldie continues to crush em.