Posted on February 20, 2018
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!
The past several weeks have been mild and springlike. A couple little weather systems have rolled through but overall the fishing conditions are pretty awesome. Today is calm and bluebird. The midge nymphing game is on point. Follow the heaviest portion of the hatch to the head of the run and drop back to the tailouts as the bugs stop popping. The streamer bite is impressive. Scour the runs top to bottom with a tip and and a Rusty Trombone, available at The Reef Fly Shop, and retrieve slowish but erratic. Grey Reef is clear and the fishing are active. Book a cottage for the Super Bowl but skip halftime for a quick streamer session.
The Reef Fly Shop is open daily 8-2. Stop in!
We have some great full-lodge options still available during peak fishing. We also have a corporate program so consider North Platte Lodge to host your customers. Meals, guides and location are stellar. We provide the airport transportation and gobs of private access and ramps. You can’t go wrong.
Central Wyoming weather has been off the charts. We are in a warm and dry period. The snowpack, so far, is minimal. This means while the traditional winter sports activities aren’t the greatest, fly fishing is. Grey Reef fishing is excellent right now. The midge hatch is strong and the streamer bite is pretty solid. The North Platte River is clear and not obstructed with ice. Bring your boat or rent one from the shop.
While The Denver Fly Fishing Show is happening we have decided to tend to business in Alcova. The early season deals are the hot topic and we also have off season guided fishing and lodging packages. The not-so-subtle difference is our location and our private access. Give us a look or a call before committing to the “show special”. The show special isn’t going away. Next week is the ISE in Denver and we have opted to stay and get the operations dialed for our busy 20th season rapidly approaching. While the shows are really fun and we love to connect with all of you, you will be far better served by the projects we have cooking.
Sneak out of the Front Range and into Grey Reef. The traffic is absurdly low. Plan to check out Downtown Casper, WY…this place is changing a bunch and now a cool walkable bar/brewery/restaurant/music scene.
Hoping you are getting your shopping done and squeezing in some time on the water. In the West, the winter is a beautiful and extremely picturesque time for fly fishing. The right gear and the right bugs will have you hooking fish in solitude. Days like today are the best…6″ of fresh snow with bright skies and a solid midge hatch all give reasons to keep your hands cold. We are gearing up for our 20th Season…can you believe that? Neither can we but we are proud and thankful to be able to continue to push the operations forward. THANK YOU! The Reef Fly Shop is open on our winter schedule, generally shutting the doors around 2PM. Stop by for a cup of coffee and a handful of flies. The crew has been putting in a lot of time on the water so they can keep you in the game. Pssst, midges and scuds.
Grey Reef conditions are awesome. The weather is super nice, water clear and fishing on point. Midges, scuds and leeches. Miracle Mile streamer activity has been solid and it is well worth the effort. Traffic is definitely a bit more robust at the Mile and there has been a lot of pressure on the redds. Grey Reef is crickets and without cause…take advantage of it! The Reef Fly Shop is open daily until 2pm for winter hours. We have a couple cottages booked and a couple still available for this weekend. Our cheap trips are certainly not a reduced value. This is the time to enjoy wading all that water we have access to. Book a guide and a cottage and get even better pricing.
2018 is coming at us quickly. Get on to booking your North Platte Lodge trip ASAP. Do some diligent research. If private access and boat ramps matter? NPL has over 17 miles of exclusive Grey Reef access and 4 private boat ramps. If location is a factor? NPL is the only lodge at Grey Reef. Our staff are highly experienced fly anglers and guides and will never employ pegged bead rigs. We aim to show you a spectacular fly fishing experience with amazing meals and convenient and clean lodging. We’ve been at it for nearly 20 years.
Fishing conditions at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile have been great. Grey Reef producing daily. The past coupe days have been streamer-focused and our Grey Reef anglers landing several browns each day. The rainbows have stolen the show with their size and tenacity. Nymphing is very good with midge/scud rigs. Deeper troughs between weed beds require a bit longer rig but plenty of fish in the 4′ range as well. Miracle Mile report is sporadic with one day super productive with streamers…enough to lure the anglers out the next day only to find finicky fish. But the size! Fremont Canyon is solid on all fronts and the fish are still looking up. Grey Reef also giving up dry fly eaters.
2018 is coming sooner than you think but not as fast as you might hope. In the meantime get your trips put together and get on the books. Food is always the big question for visitors. If you have been staying in the cottages think about upgrading to the North Platte Lodge. The food is amazing and plentiful, it is prepared for you and you don’t have to do the dishes. Win, Win.
Central Wyoming fly fishing rules the pack in the shoulder and winter seasons. November 15th marks entry into our cheap season. Day trip prices are reduced by a $100 and cottages are reduced as well. We also have Stay & Fish Packages that make the combo even cheaper. Is the fishing any less productive? Nope…in fact it can be more productive, so your bang for the buck is the best. We do have a couple cottages still available for each of the next 3 weekends and guide availability is pretty good. We will be starting off-season projects relatively soon so pounding a few nails and slinging paint is in our near future.
Grey Reef Fishing Report is awesome. Streamer activity is very good and the dry fly thing is still going off with baetis. Of course, nymphing is a no-brainer but bring all the tools to get ’em all the ways. The North Platte River is very clear from our location at Grey Reef to Glendo. Pssst, stay up high in the system if you want to hook fish like the one above. Miracle Mile fishing report has been hit and miss. One day thump them with streamers and the next it is pretty quiet. Is it worth it? Absolutely, but Grey Reef is more consistent with far less congestion. Fremont Canyon Fishing Report is solid. Pretty standard Fremont conditions exist and fishing is very good…drys and streamers included. A light, stealthy emerges rig will be the most productive however.
It is a good time to focus on your 2018 fly fishing trip. We have some full lodge options so check in with us to see if we can accommodate your group and timing.
Central Wyoming is experiencing a small winter weather event at the moment. Grey Reef anglers are bundled up and enjoying happy trout. The snow is to let-up by midday and tomorrow we will be back to standard fall weather in Wyoming… 50s and sunny. Fishing has been fun. Miracle Mile is giving up some bruisers on streamers, Grey Reef still poking them on the surface and Fremont Canyon all the above. We have some good availability on both the guide and cottage front. This is trophy season at Grey Reef and a dedicated angler with a big rod and big streamer has solid chances at a trout over 25″. If you haven’t given the streamer game a go, now is your time. The next 3 weeks will give up the best opportunity. Cash in some vacation time, pack all of your gear and get here.
We are already trying to jockey for 2018…our 20th season. North Platte Lodge philosophy is to provide our guests with the best. Location, facility, staff and private access are the most important features in a fly fishing or wing shooting vacation. North Platte Lodge ticks all of those boxes. Add our peripheral operations of vacation rentals, RV sites, drift boat rentals, fly shop, wild bird hunts and cast and blast packages, and now elk, deer and antelope hunts. We are so fortunate to have a highly experienced staff and the most legitimate and genuine approach to our guided trips. Sure they cost us more but that elevates the value to our guests and keeps them returning. We thank you for that and are excited to see everybody next year.
Conditions on Grey Reef are excellent. The fishing report has been dry fly all day, every day. The streamer thing is gathering a bunch of steam as well. Nymphing is stellar per usual. Things are quieting down a bit as far as traffic on the river. Get here now for dry fly, it won’t last as this level. We will still have midge eater throughout the winter but the trico, baetis, caddis thing won’t last much longer. Streamers and trophy hunting? Wait until the last week of October through mid November for your best shot at a 25″ + trout on Grey Reef. Our private access and the ability to wade fish the prime water will increase your odds significantly. Fremont is a solid choice for drys, streamer stand nymphs. It has been a little busy. Miracle Mile nymphing is rocking and rolling and the midge, caddis, leech, worm attack has been the most productive. Expect the streamer thing to really crank later in November. As always, please steer clear of redds and let the trout reproduce. CALL and get a trip on the books, you won’t be disappointed.