Posted on June 19, 2018
Congrats the the Welker Group for being the latest members of the NPL 25″ Club with guide Eric Anderson!
We still have a cottage and guides available for this weekend! Call 307.232.9128. Guests yesterday were stoked about the fishing!
Central Wyoming has been in a sweet spot for several weeks. Fishing has been solid and we are finally getting into good PMD and Yellow Sallie situations. This past Sunday we had a significant bout of rain and that ultimately dirtied up Grey Reef Reservoir, The Afterbay section and the Grey Reef Section. Still pretty gooey below the Narrows but the Upper has cleared quickly and fishing resumed without a hiccup. Nymph rigs are top performers with a leech/ bug combo. A lot of the crew are fishing PMD and Caddis stuff and keeping it simple with pheasant tails and epoxy back or soft hackles. This is also true for Miracle Mile and the leech might be interchangeable with a worm…imagine that? Grey Reef flows are 3000cfs, which is very typical flows for a reasonably good snowpack. Miracle Mile flows are half of that and getting a bit slow quickly after the drops. Fremont Canyon is clicking and even some dry fly to tap into there. Fremont Canyon flows are pretty big right now. Speaking of clicking, how about the cicada thing this year? Wow!
Grey Reef flows are super fishable and excellent drift boat time. The Reef Fly Shop rents low profile Clackacraft Drift boats and Hyde Skiffs. Book a shuttle and grab a handful of the right bugs and have an awesome day on the water. We have a cottage and RV sites as well as a couple guides still available. The North Platte River is attraction #1 but take a cruise through downtown Casper while you are in the area…things have made a great turn over the past couple years.
Hoppers are around in force and the vegetation is pretty good so we expect some face melting hopper fishing this year. Golden Stone activity will pile on us in the coming week or so, don’t miss that! At these flows the PMD and Sallie dry fly opportunities will also be ripe. Especially the Sallies since a lot of the midstream gravel bars have just enough water to create ideal Sallie riffles. Then the trico for AM dry fly sessions and caddis already getting the resident trout up in the eves. Lodge guests have prime access to excellent caddis dry fly.
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And the region…Colorado is in dire straights with their water situation but Central Wyoming is old faithful. Grey Reef flows have been bumped from 1600 cfs to 2250 cfs over the past couple days. Our nudge yesterday made an abrupt cooling of the river and stunted the day’s PMD and caddis hatches a bit. They’ll be back, in-force, today. Fishing has been pretty awesome and the river conditions couldn’t be much better. So clear and fish suspended and eating bugs. Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef…all the way to Glenrock. So fun. The lower stuff will heat up to levels that are not good for the trout to be hooked so be mindful of the fishing conditions below Casper, Wyoming as the summer progresses. The remote options are looking great and we have groups excited to explore some relatively untouched water. Call if you are curious and are interested in an adventure. Our Grey Reef program is as solid, productive and convenient as it gets but sometimes we like to step out of the norm and target some treats that are very reachable. Small stream? Yep, we got it. Remote drift boating? Yep! Always way more private access exclusively for our guests? Yep!
The traffic on Grey Reef has been unusually quiet. We realize the the Front Range options are fishing well right now and that may be the answer? We realize Miracle Mile has an inordinate amount of traction right now as well. We realize that the luster of Grey Reef and the rabbit hole of bead fishing may dilute successes that come from fly fishing. Swing back by, we’ll make it a point to open your eyes to the river and discovering some new techniques that don’t step over the line. Plus our resident trophy class critters are still out there waiting for you.
Dry/ Dropper rigs are already being employed with success. These fish have become accustomed to looking up and this will only improve as we move into the summer season and most of the way into fall. We are also very optimistic about the hopper situation this year. There are lots of bombers clicking around the prairie and it is only a matter of time. Golden Stones are the next big ticket bug unless the strange boom in cicadas along the North Platte River might trump the Golden Stone flies at Miracle Mile? We’ll let you know tomorrow;)
The streamer bite will get some attention from a diligent and patient angler however the emerger nymph rig is king. Keep ’em stealthy with light tippet and some traditional bugs to feed them well. Pheasant tails, Epoxy Backs, Bret Specials, Bird’s Nests, Bread Crust and if you really want to open your eyes?? Partridge and Yellow, Olive or Orange available at The Reef Fly Shop. This traditional and oft forgotten classic should be in every Grey Reef fly angler’s box.
This week in Casper, Wyoming Fly Fishing News is the 20th consecutive year we host the College National Finals Rodeo! Welcome Athletes and Fans! If you haven’t experienced rodeo, this is a must-see. High energy, hard working youth making the Ag community proud.
As always, pinch your barbs!
Central Wyoming Fly Fishing is firing on all cylinders. We have had volatile weather over the past week and its impact is evident. A very green prairie and off colored water lower in the system are the tell-tale signs of Wyoming spring. The Grey Reef Section of the North Platte River, Grey Reef Dam to Lusby, has maintained excellent fishing. Once you reach the Narrows the river is packing a big load of silt so below Government Bridge and Into Casper the fly fishing opportunities will diminish significantly. Miracle Mile, although being over-loved, is still fishing well. Fremont Canyon is tip-top and the fly fishing report suggests light emerger rigs and dialing in your bug game. Grey Reef Flows have been reduced to 1600cfs from 2500cfs just 2 days ago. This is likely the beginning of even lower flows and the time when a fly angler will have great success. It has always been an interesting thing to observe those who adapt and those who can’t wrap their head around it. One thing is for certain, if there is a lack of “success” it isn’t the river or the fish’s fault. This is the time to scrutinize your approach. Fast-track it with a stop in The Reef Fly Shop for advice or a guided trip. The “Grey Reef Primer” is designed to instruct you how to succeed on Grey Reef’s public water. Our half and full day trips gain you access to not only the best crew in the region but the most private access and private ramps. There is no doubt 2018 is going to be a summer to remember. The dry fly gig will be on point and the hopper forecast is high. We have some awesome lodge options so give a shout. Don’t forget North Platte Lodge has hunting and some remote fishing options available as well. These adventures require full involvement and long days but they are oh so worth it.
Posted on May 6, 2018
Central Wyoming fly fishing is licking the flames right now. Fish are hot and on the prowl. Grey Reef flows have been bumped to 2000cfs and the North Platte River is in very good condition following a couple hours of pea soup on the lower reaches. Miracle Mile flows are 2700cfs and the poor fish are getting some protection on the redds! Lucky them. Grey Reef is baetis and Miracle Mile worms. The nymphing game is prime with bugs tethered to light tippet and 6′ leader with variable amounts of weight. Streamers shouldn’t be overlooked as some good things are happening on that front. Per usual. there are some dry fly opportunities. Suggest to your guide not to run them over or slap them with your nymphing rig…but rather take the opportunity to focus on the skilled and pointed approach to FLY fishing. Caddis are getting in the mix with midges and baetis aka blue winged olives. So pay attention to varying substrates and the insects who inhabit them and let your fly fishing game amplify by paying homage these ever-changing opportunities. One fish landed via deliberation is so much more rewarding than snagging 10 off of the spawning beds. With increased flows it is opportunistic to rent a boat from The Reef Fly Shop, Cottage & RV to be able to fish the entirety of Grey Reef. It makes for excellent transportation between wade spots but these higher flows also get fish active in areas that are not accessible (due to depth, private access or the other side of the river). The exploration factor is high. Please keep in mind that there is a proximity tolerance…and that tolerance in Wyoming is often much lower than in the surrounding regions who have higher density populations. Give everybody a wide berth and just because you saw a boat hook a fish over there doesn’t mean you aren’t running over them right where you are at.
NPL has a few prime dates available and we’d love to discuss the corporate option for your groups. Have you experience NPL cuisine? Give shout at 307.237.1182. To secure a spot in one of our popular Cottages and our blossoming RV site, booking a day trip with chart-topping privaaccess, reserving a rental drift boat OR just to ask about the conditions call the shop at 307.232.9128.
Wyoming Fly Fishing is always a good time but the past couple days have been a party at Grey Reef. Monday was 75* and yesterday we had a pop-up blizzard event that pounded us with a couple inches of heavy, wet snow. Today the roads are clear but snow is on the grass and should be gone by day’s end – 50*. Conditions, hatches and fishing have been awesome at Grey Reef, solid at Miracle Mile and good at Fremont Canyon. Our favorite spring activity is suspended trout eating baetis ( blue winged olive ) emergers with a light rig and a reasonable representation of said bug. Foam Wings, PAL, Mayhem and All Days. wd40 etc all very effective choices. Small red is also producing with the popular pine squirrel leech.
The first week of May is turning out to be very quiet around here so I would make plans! Cottages, RV sites and DRIFT BOAT RENTALS available. Rent a boat and you have access to fish all that water that is unavailable due to being private. Of course, you can’t get out of the boat, beach or drop anchor on private but you can still fish through. The Reef Fly Shop is open all day every day and ready to help with gear, bugs or advice. Swing in for a fresh cup of joe and book a shuttle.
Please stay off of the redds, pinch your barns and ditch the beads!
The spring Grey Reef flush is almost through wave 5 and conditions have never been better. Day one the BuRec opted to only nudge flows to 2000cfs to gently dislodge significant ice in the Lower North Platte River system. The fishing report has been very good each and every day. The first few days were bluebird calm and warm and today we are experiencing a little rain and snow. It is still super nice out and we always like a bit of low pressure when we can get it. The wade fishing has been the highlight. fish nudging up to the drops and places where boat fishing isn’t the most effective. Leeches, all day mays and little red midge larva have been a solid choice for nymphing. We still have several days left of the flush and our private access makes all the difference. Give The Reef Fly Shop a call and get a last minute trip through the end of the flush at early season rates (we’ll extend the lodging and fishing package too). $400 day trip, $500 day trip and one night cottage stay or $600 day trip plus 2 night cottage stay! CALL! 307.232.9128
This run is only available during the flush and right out front of The Reef Fly Shop. Surprised this is minus any Grey Reef anglers.
Wyoming Fly Fishing conditions are awesome, top to bottom. Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon reporting clear water and active trout. Grey Reef maintained excellent water clarity and fishing on the upper reaches but the warm chinook winds caused some runoff below Bolton Creek. That recovered quickly and the North Platte River is fishable all the way to Casper, Wyoming USA. The star of the show currently is the Grey Reef Section from Grey Reef Dam to Lusby. We are all booked up with the cottages this weekend but we do have drift boat rentals, RV sites and guides available. The Reef fly Shop, Cottages & RV is stocked and open, swing by! Only one week left of our discounted trips and/or lodging packages. Swing by the website to learn our approach, how extensive our access is and why you might give us a try next time. Help us celebrate our 20th Season of North Platte Lodge! There are some cool events and good food and libations in Downtown Casper this weekend. Look up Bootleggers Liquors, Frontier Brewing, Metro Coffee Company, Gaslight Social, Racca’s Pizza and Urban Bottle. This is a sampling of the walkable downtown revolution happening in TroutTown, WY. On your stroll you can check out the Ugly Bug Fly Shop and make a few casts and poke a few trout in our stellar urban fishery just a couple blocks away. The whitewater park has great structure and solid fishing. Whitewater kayakers pilgrimage to Casper during the flush so they can get their play boating fix during the daily high-water surge in the whitewater park. This is a cool spectator opportunity…bring your town bike and ride to the downtown destinations and the pathway along the North Platte River.
Grey Reef FLUSHING FLOWS begin next Monday and will continue through the middle of the following week. The flows are charged with purging stifling silt from the trout spawning gravel but they also create fly fishing opportunities that don’t exist any other time of the year. Streamer junkies and midgers alike will have plenty to smile about.
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Below is a view of the North Platte River urban fishery and a portion of the whitewater park in Casper, Wyoming
Final week of our off-season packages! Discounted trips and cottage stays. Welcome to Grey Reef: Home of the North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop, Cottages & RV. Grey Reef is THE place to be.
The North Platte River is in great condition from Miracle Mile through Government Bridge. The lower reaches of the Grey Reef System are off color due to melting snow. Upper Grey Reef is clear and fishing really well. Fremont Canyon is also solid. This is the time of year we urge folks to not target actively spawning trout and to refrain from walking through the redds. That being said the midge hatches have been excellent and watching howe the fish position themselves is a really cool observation of their behavior and will make you a far more dialed angler. Consider leaving the bead boxes at home and challenge yourself by matching the hatch.
Winter weather made an appearance (finally!). Central Wyoming was greeted with a foot-ish of cold smoke and Alcova was on highway lockdown yesterday. This AM we woke to double digits below zero and some pretty significant drifting. Today we are at 20* and bluebird. Miracle Mile fishing trip would best be attempted a bit later as the roads are not in recreational travel condition…they are hardly survival travel-worthy. Grey Reef is available and fishing is ripe. Slushy and ice a bit lower on the Grey Reef system so our recommendation would be to stay high. Midges and midges and streamers. Things will recover quickly and you will be able to get out to the Mile to fish with your good friends, soon.
Early season discounted trips, lodging and packages end March 14 so get your spots reserved!
Here is a pic of Tom with NPL guide Adam B. and a textbook buck-brown
Since becoming the first permitted outfitter on Grey Reef 20 years ago a lot has changed, but much hasn’t. The Cable Hole, directly in front of the North Platte Lodge, is widely recognized as the most consistent and productive run on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River. It still is and you can still find absolute solitude on a beautiful Saturday with a solid midge hatch. Cheers to the Cable Hole!