Posted on April 22, 2017
Wyoming fly fishing is ticking on all cylinders. Grey Reef is 2000cfs and clear. This won’t change with “run-off” because we don’t have run-off. Baetis, BWO, blue wings…whatever you prefer to call them, are popping and this hatch will push into early June. Grey Reef trout like to get high in the column and pound the emergers. Swing into The Reef fly Shop to get set up with highly productive emerger and trad nymph rigs. Who, whoa, whoa don’t forget about the streamer potential….evidence below. Our guests experienced some stellar dry fly in the past week as well. Grey Reef is the place to be right now. But this won’t change, our clear cool water now will translate into cool clear water throughout the season.
JUNE: PMDs, caddis and Yellow Sallies. You want a little more consistent weather, check. Best location, check. Hardest working and most experienced guide staff, check. Most private access, check. Private boat ramps, check. Best cabins in the region, check. Lodge is the ultimate in location, solitude, service and food.
JULY: Warm, better opportunities for dry fly, far less river traffic
AUGUST: Eclipse, dry fly, streamers heating up, more mileage becoming available, warm, low pressure
SEPTEMBER: DRY FLY, college kids back in school, Wingshooting, Big Game
OCTOBER: warm and cool, guides choice for weather and fishing, more dry fly, streamers getting hot, waterfowl opens, Midges and baetis.
NOVEMBER: Trophy Time! Book a trophy trip if you are willing to put in the effort to make your 25″ plus trout a reality
Miracle Mile fly fishing is good with sloppy roads, the road conditions will improve dramatically in the next couple days with warm and breezy conditions. Nymph rigs with leeches and midges for 3000cfs have been the go to. More weight than length seems to be the MO.
Fremont Canyon is rocking. Light tippet, small buoyant bugs and drys…midges and baetis. Please stay clear of the redds.
Grey Reef Wyoming guide report is very good nymphing with worms, leach and midge patterns like the PAL, Mahem and All Day May. The river is clear and still at 2000cfs. Fremont is fishing well and some baetis dry fly opportunities prese ring themselves. Flows are still a cute 75 CFS so if you like the little fishery is is served up nicely…I would expect we might get a bump there soon. Miracle Mile is clear and 3000cfs fishing is good using nymph rigs with leeches, midges and worms. We’ve had several hardcore streamer anglers the past several days and they have done well however it was not all day. By 2pm the bite went soft.
Check the new deck at the lodge…it is awesome!
Central Wyoming fly fishing is very good across the board. Grey Reef is fishing excellent and the water is in pristine condition at 2000 cfs. This will increase and will have ZERO negative impact on the fishing. It seems counter intuitive to many Grey Reef angler but the more the merrier at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. We are well aware that many folks are trying to find a place to fish outside of muddy and huge water situations and we can say that if you want the most productive option…it is right here in Alcova and Casper, Wyoming.
*UPDATE* we just had a cottage become available for the eves of April 22 and 23. Lodge availability May 4-7!! Also a couple rooms available over Memorial Day Weekend.
Current state of our “blowout” below
Central Wyoming experienced a day of variable weather yesterday with snow, wind and rain. The Casper region will see very nice conditions for the remainder of the week. Flows are increasing and that is welcomed! Fishing does not suffer,in the least, with increases water. Redds will have better protection, the river will clean itself quickly after a spring storms adds some murk etc. We have a fleet of great boats to rent right at The Reef fly Shop as you enter Grey Reef Rd…the ramp is only a 1/4 mile away! Bugs like PAL, and Mayhem’s have been good with a leech or worm lead. Grey Reef is fishing very well. The Mile has been bumped also…check the flow charts below. Fishing is currently fair at the Mile. Leaches, worms, midges and scuds.
Water fowl and Upland Bird hunting in Casper, Wyoming. Sage Grouse season is the last ten days of September. This hunt is limited and very productive. Hungarian Partridge and Chukar does not open until the beginning of October. If you are being sold a hunt in September it is a preserve hunt. Early season waterfowl begins the first weekend of October. All great opportunities and we are currently adding more hunting options and will keep you in the loop.
Construction on Grey Reef Rd, expect some work in the area. We suspect you will enjoy the result!
Good news on both fronts. Unsettled weather often equates to calm fishing conditions at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Fishing at the Reef has been very good, midges and some baetis movements. Miracle Mile is a no report over the last couple days due to muddy roads. The flows being bumped can be viewed on the graphs below and is also good news. Things change a bit but the fish are protected from anglers who may not respect or understand the importance of not wading through the redds or even targeting actively spawning fish. We really need to be mindful of not misusing and abusing the fish.
This weekend the snow caused some water quality issues below Lusby. The river is green at and below Government Bridge. Fishing was very good Saturday and solid today with midge nymph rigs. Miracle Mile road is a mess and there is moisture in the forecast for the next several days. I wouldn’t expect the road will get much better in the near future.
We are jacked about the summer and fall prospect. Plenty of water will keeps temps down and trout rowdy. Higher water creates great edge structure for dry/dropper rugs and streamers and the dry fly will be awesome through Sept and Oct. Sage Grouse trips already getting booked up. As of now we are only allowing the last ten days of September.
Today we are graced with huge snowflakes in Central Wyoming. Fishing isn’t suffering but the guides and guests are a little bit. These conditions remind us that fly anglers are a hearty bunch and the experience isn’t always about how we can most easily stick a pile of fish. Often these days yield some of the best fishing and the big dogs feel less vulnerable. Anglers are exposed to mother nature but being well prepared and charging into the day makes great memories. You get a bit of the survivalist mentality and success is that much sweeter…
Lew Sandler was a huge fan of inclement weather and his two annual trips were designed to drag his fishing buddies into the worst conditions possible. RIP Lew.
Posted on March 30, 2017
North Platte Lodge has a few awesome dates available. April 19-22 is prime spring fishing as is May 5-8 . Don’t forget we have held the Eclipse dates of Aug 18-22 for 12 anglers!
Fishing has been stellar in Central Wyoming. The North Platte River is clear and running at 1000cfs. Miracle Mile has been pretty solid despite some very questionable mis-info from shuttle drivers. Your best bet is to call the shop and get the current report. Due to our location, we constantly have folks filing in and out from the area tailwaters and we use our trove of available info to give you the straight information. Midges are the food of the day and The Reef Fly Shop’s PAL has been a top producer. Fish bugs! Shorter rigs have been super fun. Streamer fishing was pretty good this past week despite cooler water temps. We had guest go lower on the Grey Reef system and tied into several browns and quality rainbows. Not much dry fly to speak of but the Big Horn is priming for baetis. Big water in the Wind River Canyon and the Wedding of the Waters. Boysen is being purged as inflows are dictating.
April 1st will see a slight increase in day trip rates but you can get in the 2016 rate before April 1st.
The Lusby Road was supposed to be closed today and tomorrow for it’s annual redo but the Wyoming Game & Fish opted to postpone until next week due to some wet weather arriving in the Alcova, Wyoming region. Also April 1st makes the beginning of the month-long fishing closure between the cables at Grey Reef. Hold your rig and enjoy watching spawning trout. Do this at all spawning areas and refuse to cast when your guide instructs you to fish to areas that are obvious spawning grounds. The future of our river depends on this self control as does the future of this “sport”.
A good guide does not need to(nor will they) rig you up with pegged eggs or flies or fish barbs. 6 Bait Cop-Out…that is pegging 3 over 3 hooked (barbed) flies and disregarding the law that states a fish MUST willingly take the hook into its mouth. The Game and Fish is failing in this dept. If we need 6 (or even 4) flies/baits/whatever for success we are not much of an angler and our guiding is glutinous and damaging. Do not allow us guides to destroy the resource by allowing these techniques to perpetuate. Lets do a 2 fly per rig max and discontinue pegging. Lets mandate barbless hooks. The public should demand that we take a conservation stance and that the experience must not be without instruction, technique and respect for the fish. It gets pretty boring pretty fast when all you are doing is holding the rod and you have no connection to the process that makes fishing interesting. Why is a fish here? What should I do based on observations of the current, hatch, time of day, birds etc. What are these bugs and where do they come from? I can’t believe a trout this size can see something so small! Come on Game and Fish, enforcement on the fact. 1. In Wyoming the law states “a fish must willing take the hook into its mouth” or it is illegal snagging. If you are pegging with the intention of snagging the fish with the hook below you are fishing illegally. 2. Game and Fish budgets are being cut BUT the impact on the fisheries and more importantly the fish is increasing as a result of ignoring the law. Simple math dictates this is not sustainable. This doesn’t happen on all Wyoming waterways but the Lower North Platte, Green and Big Horn Rivers are being demoralized due to this issue.
Things are shaping up nicely and we are 100% confident that Grey Reef will be a force this year. We are very excited that the flows are 1000cfs currently and hoping to have it incrementally increase during the spawn. These situations are excellent for recruitment of this year’s class but also create highly productive fishing conditions. A robust snowpack also he’s a tremendous impact as we sail through the warm months and into Grey Reef’s dry fly season later in the year. Last year, 2016, mid to late June was wildly productive for big fish…these are fish that are 25″ or greater. There was an almost 2 week period of one of these trout hitting the net per day. The July experience was golden stones and few anglers for the best weather of the year. Toss in the evening caddis dry fly bonanza and some PMDs and yellow sallies on the surface and Grey Reef proved its place among the best. Tricos graced us in mid July and that began the rod cluster season. We had many rods rigged for dry fly, nymph rigs and streamer action. Much of September and especially October was dry fly from start to finish with tricos, caddis, psuedos, baetis and midges. This program took us into mid November when we focused on the big fish with streamer rigs. High volume/high quality experiences are what the North Platte Lodge has been known for for nearly 2 decades. However, Grey Reef is continuing to get better and we are trying to keep up with the curve. It is tough but we are happy with the challenge! Expect some cool new things at Grey Reef for 2017. The lodge has a big new deck in progress and we are now going to provide our guests with spirits and wine to accompany our spectacular meals and even better scenery. The fly shop might be reinvented as well? I wouldn’t be surprised if the shop building has an addition and we also might rearrange the grounds to make your visit even more enjoyable.