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!