Posted on March 22, 2017
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.
Posted on March 15, 2017
The flush has been Fantastic. Central Wyoming is gearing up for insane fishing for 2017. We will have plenty of water and that is the best news possible. Big water is not synonymous with run off or difficult fishing. It parallels awesome fishing. Today it is over and we expect the BuRec to push a bit of additional water over the 500cfs minimum. Spring baetis will be on us sooner than later and our rainbow buddies are doing their part to make sure we have great fishing in the future. Please respect their plight. Steer clear of fishing to spawners and tromping through redds. Consider getting rid of your pegged bead snagging rig in favor of a bit more sporting techniques.
A couple of us are on our way to the Salt Lake City area (Sandy, UT) for the International Sportsman’s Expo this Thursday-Sunday. We will have drawings for free trip/lodging, show specials for spring fishing and lodging as well as fall fishing and lodging opportunities at a discount. We have stickers! Feel free to contact us as we will honor the spring specials to all. You don’t have to be present to capitalize!
We would like to wish a very warm welcome to the newest member of the crew. Jack Kramer Tatum emerged yesterday and we couldn’t be happier. Congrats Trent and Katherine!
Posted on March 3, 2017
Central Wyoming is experiencing a bout of high pressure so the fishing report is strewn with a bit of breezy…We will experience some pushy conditions over the next little while but with this will be a warming trend. The fishing at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile is chart topping. River conditions are great and the road conditions are improving to Miracle Mile. Grey Reef roads are a non issue. Fremont is fishing well and those roads are much improved. Thermopolis and the Big Horn is fishing well and the wind will be less of an issue and the congestion more of an issue.
Midge/scud rigs and midge/leech, worms and streamers (Goldie) are all very good options. A shortish nymph rig and a level streamer rig will be in the Grey Reef angler’s best interest. The flush can get our trout-buddies very elevated and suspended so dragging and dredging isn’t really the answer.
Spring flushing flows will begin the AM of the 6th of March and continue through the 15th. This is a great time to fish as some cool opportunities present themselves, these opportunities are only available during the flush. The first couple days *might* be murky but be careful to not associate murky water with unfishable as that is never really the case. The Reef Fly Shop will be open to answer questions and get you geared up. The RV park is available and there are some cottages available. The guide staff will have some gaps and our $600 for 2 anglers one day guided FULL ACCESS plus 2 nights in our cottages (is a smoking deal) will be available until mid month. FULL ACCESS means many miles of private access and 3 private boat ramps on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River. The quantity of private access we secure for our guests is in a league of its own.
Here is the pulpit speech regarding the spawn and snagging. Please, please, please understand what the spawning beds(redds) look like and do not walk through them. Please, please, please refrain from targeting or “sight” fishing to trout in shallow gravel areas. The pressure and fishing tactics employed in recent years are detrimental to the sustainability of the resource. We need reproduction and hopefully we will have a big water year as these events are the best scenario for recruitment. The snagging – pegged egg – pegged bead rigs are responsible for much of the added pressure to the fish and their condition is clear evidence of this tactic. Your bead MUST be placed within 2 inches of the eye of the fly…not hook…fly. A bare hook is an absolute no-go. Please use small hook and pinch the barb. It is still a Wyoming state statute that snagging fish is illegal. The Wyoming Game and Fish have caved on this issue and we have some work to do to really assess the cost/benefit. Pinching the barb on all of your devices is a cool thing to do and future years of Grey Reef enjoyment will reward that practice.
Grey Reef is accessible, calm and relatively warm today. Fishing is on! The roads are back in shape and midges are popping. The best kind of day for dramatic winter scenes without the associated suffering. Come and get it! Fremont is in play but Miracle Mile report says the road isn’t worth the risk. Grey Reef it is.
Posted on February 23, 2017
Central Wyoming anglers are posted up tying bugs this AM…nobody is on the ditch. We are in the midst of a pretty significant winter storm with many inches and blowing snow. I25 and Wyoming State Highway 220 are currently open an so are we at The Reef Fly Shop. Take caution and avoid any attempt to get to Miracle Mile. Fremont Canyon is also best to leave alone during these events as there is no cell service and the roads are not a plowing priority. You might be there for a while if you get stuck. Casper is blustery the same as Alcova. The benefit to this? More water for our scaled buddies! We will take all the water we can get. Don’t be concerned for high water conditions as the fish like water. Bigger the better!
Spring flush will commence March 6 and continue through the 15th…ice and weather permitting. The flush makes some very cool spots available and this only happens during the flush.
Wyoming Fly Fishing is rocking in the middle portion of the state. Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon are all ripe. Grey Reef is clear and fishing very well on the upper reaches nearest Alcova, The Reef Fly Shop and North Platte Lodge. It has been warm so drainages are coloring up the North Platte River around Lusby. Rig up a streamer and slow retrieve or a mid-weight nymph rig with midge, leech and scuds…The Rusty Scud. Fremont is good top to bottom and little bugs (like a Brassie or PAL) on light nymph rigs are the go-to. Miracle Mile isn’t red hot but the trout are slabs and they are happy with a stripped streamer. Today is warmish, overcast and calm…we are expecting winter weather very soon. We are expecting that Miracle Mile fishing will be out of contention while the roads recover…will report on that as we learn the conditions. Grey Reef will plow right through it and fishing will remain awesome.
Our friends on the Popo Angie and the Big Horn are dealing with flooding due to rapid snowmelt. We hope them the best. In the meantime upper Grey Reef is ticking on all cylinders. If you get too far down you will be in the mud but staying up high is a solid bet. Fremont Camton and Miracle Mile shouldn’t be overlooked either. It appears The Reef Fly Shop will be race headquarters for the Reef to Mile Gravel Grinder and Run. The bike race will be from the shop to the bridge at Miracle Mile and back(60ish mile)s. The run will be out to Black Beach with some single track road and gravel(8-10ish miles). Sat May 6th is the date. Great way to get all your activities lumped and at a cool venue. There will be after festivities at the shop. Fish, ride, run and celebrate!
Water conditions are still good at the upper reaches of Grey Reef but the drainages are running pretty hard with out 50* day. It is muddy by Ledge Creek. The after bay is looking good although Fly Shop Creek is running. The Miracle Mile is fishing great and still in good shape. The shop is open all weekend and we have anglers at the cottages with one of them still available. Don’t forget our early season special of $375 day trips, $500 day trip and one night or $600 2 night and one day. Some cool stuff in the works on Grey Reef Rd. I’m really excited and we are confident it’ll make your experience even better.
Posted on January 25, 2017
Central Wyoming was walloped with snow again. Our snow pack is going to make the fishing amazing for 2017. Grey Reef has open water up top and is fishing well with a slow stripped streamer or midge/scud nymph rig. Miracle Mile is better left alone for a couple days so the roads can stabilize but the fishing has been solid. Again a slow stripped streamer or shorts nymph rig has been the got to. Fremont is solid with nymph rigs and even midge drys during calm moments. The Big Horn is fishing well again the streamer, nymph rig and dry fly opportunities exist.
We are offering our early season rates through March 14. Full day guided fishing with ALL private access plus lodging. The fishing doesn’t suffer during these times. In fact, it is often some of the best fishing of the year. Lots of folks aren’t thinking fishing in the winter months…but they should! We are still holding some eclipse dates, so give a shout if you all about a once in a lifetime experience. Lodge spots are booking but we still have a few full lodge options (for up to 12 guests) during the season.
Some exciting new stuff about to go down in A town…Alcova! We think there needs to be some additional benefits to the visitors of our little village. We are excited, anyway!
Casper, Wyoming is warm and windy today. Lots of snow melting happening. The city has been a jumble of tall wind rows and drifts. Alcova has been spared the bigger snow fall totals but it is nice to have a thaw a couple times a winter. Our wind brings full winter weather conditions to the western portion of the state…Jackson is in the midst of a BIG snowfall event. Nymphing and slow stripping are the go-to modes of success on Grey Reef. Reasonable midge patterns, scuds, leeches etc. If you want to see a pretty impressive selection of midges follow Pat Dorsey on Instagram or Facebook. His fly boxes are a spectacle. Bugs are the name of the “fly fishing” game. He will also be hanging out at the International Sportsman’s Expo in the Denver Convention Center as will we. Come see us in booth 624C. Don’t tell anybody but we will have some cool stuff there. Eclipse 2017 packages, early season packages etc. If you are interested in employment in the fly fishing industry swing by and introduce yourself and drop a resume with us.