So we managed a trip out to the Mile yesterday. Flows were at 1,000cfs and the river temp. was 34F. Road conditions from Alcova to the Mile were mostly good! Started out windy and cold in the morning with a few snow showers…not what was forecast.
Fish were definitely oriented to the easier holding water…did really well in all the tail-outs and soft edges/seams. Fishing started out really well but tapered off towards the lunch hour. After a few grilled burgers we switched over to streamers and managed to have a pretty good afternoon. Goldies and an OBS (orange blossom special) on a slow swing/strip.
So for those that keep up with the weather in Central Wyoming, you have seen the awesome weather we have had the past few days. Low 30s and calm…enough said! As for the fishing…Brad had another awesome day nymphing the Grey Reef access. Leeches, scuds and midges. I managed to make it out for a couple of hours in the afternoon and managed to pick off four or five nice fish on dries. That’s right, dries!! The pattern is called a Matt’s midge and it’s as simple and sparse of a fly as you’ll find, but it works. I did nymph for a couple of minutes and stuck a brute of a rainbow on a Fox’s pale alevin. The short and sweet of it…the fishing has been great the past few weeks and we finally have some weather to match it.
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Just returned from another successful presentation in Park City, UT. Thanks to all those that attended!
As for for the fishing…before we took off I managed to fish Grey Reef for a few hours with Brad and Pat. Fish were definitely eating a streamer (Goldie). Brad fished nymphs and decided to fish only the small stuff-LAZYs, PALs, and a medallion midge. He was hammering fish everywhere we went. He landed several fish over 20″ and one that touched the 23″ mark!
Made it over to Fremont for a few hours yesterday morning. Wind was pumping down the meadow at Cardwell access!! Nymphed a standard 7-8ft rig in the beginning with a LAZY midge, brassie and/or mercury midge. Fish were stacked in all the standard spots.
Around 11am we started to see a few midges coming off…this led to a change in tactics…mini rig paired with a couple of emergers and we started to pick up some nice fish in the skinny water. It wasn’t a bad way to spend a few hours. I think if it had not been windy we would have been able to fish dries…
Yesterday was the ideal winter day. Temperatures in the low to mid 30s and zero wind. Brad and I managed to make it out and get in three or four solid hours of fishing on Grey Reef. Brad nymphed and I swung a streamer (goldie)…and we actually doubled on our first casts of the day. Needless to say, it was one of those days. Not even sure how many fish were landed but it was steady all afternoon. The streamer grabs were super aggressive and the fish fought tough! Around 2pm midges started coming off like crazy and Brad went to hammering them on a foam-wing RS2. Other nymphs on the menu included: pine squirrel leech, san juan worm and scuds.
Well, the weatherman missed this last one… After hearing several conflicting reports, the storm that hit Alcova Saturday morning brought a half inch of rain and 6″ of snow to the Grey Reef area…not what they initially predicted to say the least. Closer to the Miracle Mile saw almost 12″ and the road to Leo has been shut down the past 36 hours due to drifting snow.
As for the fishing…good reports came in from both Fremont and Grey Reef with several large fish being caught over the weekend. Example- Casper native, Colter Adams stuck a 8-10lb rainbow on a streamer. As for Grey Reef-the nymphing continues go well with leeches, eggs and small midge stuff. Streamers, especially the goldie continue to produce fish in all the tailouts.
Looks like we have another system moving in tomorrow and we should see another inch or two of snow. As always we will keep you posted!
I have to say that I’ve seen some pretty windy days living in Alcova. Granted we do have plenty of calm days, they typically do not happen with great frequency in the winter months. Nonetheless the past week here in lovely Alcova has been a battering ram of big wind. Gusts to 70-80 mph with sustained winds in the 20-40 bracket. Obviously it makes for a great reason to catch up on office work, fly shop inventory, etc. After days of the office grind I decided, along with Brad, to go fish. It wasn’t for long but we managed to get in a couple of solid hours, banging casts into the tropical storm force winds. And I must say it was worth it! We caught lots of nice fish from 15-18″, with a few larger specimens. A slow stripped Goldie continues to catch fish along with the standard nymph rig….leeches, scuds, and reef worms.
Well, we finally had some cold weather move into the area the past few days. Made a few calls this morning and from the sounds of it the river is completely iced over in several sections upstream of Lusby access. Not sure how long this will last but we will update as soon as we hear or see otherwise. As for the fishing….talked to several different groups of anglers and it sounds like they are doing well as long as they can keep the ice out their guides. Leeches and scuds are the bugs of choice on Grey Reef right now.
FYI…DO NOT drive around the road closed sign below the Lusby boat ramp…there is a reason it is closed and you will receive a ticket!!!!!!
We have had really nice winter weather thus far. With daily temperatures hovering above the freezing mark, it’s fair to say it’s been a winter season for the angler. Talked several different groups of fisherman yesterday evening at the Sunset B & G and from the sounds of it, it was a good day to be on the water. A Goldie on a slow strip/swing below Grey Reef seems to be the ticket for all you streamer junkies. As far as Fremont is concerned, it continues to produce good fish on all things midges…little brassies, zebra midges, etc. The Mile has also been a mostly nymphing program, with spaghetti and meatballs(worms and eggs) producing fish from the canyon to chalk bluffs.