Trout Town, Big Brown, Get Down

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. 

Cheap Fly Fishing Trips, Cheap Lodging

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.

 

Grey Reef Fly Fishing

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.

 

Wyoming Fly Fishing

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.

Strong Finish and Early Start

Central Wyoming fly fishing is as good as it gets. Our anglers and guides are fishing dry flies start to finish if they choose. The baetis, caddis and tricos are strong. Crane Flies are not to be ignored. Streamer activity has also been well worth the effort and as Grey Reef progresses toward November that fever will escalate to prime status. Trophy Season is a narrow window through mid-November. That doesn’t mean they aren’t available all year but history shows us when the bulk of the success happens. As the eves get cooler expect a transition to midges and a thinning of the fair-weather anglers. Winter is no slouch at Grey Reef. Scratch that itch with a warm cottage and the best water beginning just a minute away.

Don’t be afraid of the season change. It is still an excellent time to fish Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Many of us feel it is the BEST time to fish the North Platte River. Very wadable flows of 500cfs, clear water and heavily foraging trout are more ingredients than needed for a delicious trip.

Looking forward to 2018 it is not too early to secure your dates. The North Platte Lodge is the pinnacle of experience, access and convenience. Our corporate program has been very well received due to the high quality food, fishing and facility coupled with a laid back and personal atmosphere. We are rolling into year 20. We can’t believe is has been 20 season of memorable Grey Reef fishing. Come celebrate with us!

We generally only focus on a short bird hunting window with early season waterfowl and sage grouse. The sage grouse season was a success and has now closed and waterfowl hunts have also been productive, thus far. Our new big game program has been equally successful. Archery elk tags filled and we are looking forward to antelope, deer and elk hunters over the coming weeks. Our bird hunting and big game hunting properties rival our exclusive private fishing access. This is a feature we will not skimp on. There is a significant difference when you have that privilege. Access matters.

Grey Reef Winter Flows – Almost

Grey Reef flows are down to 700 cfs while Miracle Mile flows are 525 cfs and Fremont Canyon is 75 cfs. All of the lower North Platte River tailwaters are very wadeable. Successful fall baetis fishing success is super satisfying and will open your eyes to a whole new approach on fishing. Don’t be afraid to peel off the weight and flutter your rig, mid-column, through shallow riffles. The in between water can be exactly where they are at and a long dredgy rig with out-of-hatch imitations will not only not be fun to fish but won’t get to or interest them. Give them what they want and where they want it. That is the beauty of dry fly, right? You can see where they are and what they want…most of the time. This eliminates several approach factors of a successful fishing as they are basically served up on a silver platter. All you have to do is get them to eat your offering. That can be the real trick as it is now entirely up to the angler presentation and reaction. Streamers are a game of chance and frequency and a bit of aggression as repeatedly casting heavy rigs with reasonable accuracy and oftentimes limited success needs to have certain personality to persevere and come back for a licking time and time again. These chaps are also the anglers who display their “trophy” pics as often as possible. Who can blame them? It generally takes a lot of work and dedication to seal the deal with trophy-class trout.  Cool thing is, we have all opportunities begging for folks to take advantage of them through the remainder of the season. What are you waiting for?

Autumn Splendor

Anybody still use that streamer? Or the Orange Blossom Special? Fall is here and the weather is going to give us a taste of it this weekend. We are going to have solid chances for rain and temps only reaching 50* for Saturday and Sunday. It is going to be awesome! Dress appropriately and plan on blanket baetis hatches! Streamer fishing should also bump a tick or two. Suspended fish plowing emergers and dries is what it is all about. Still getting some hopper and hopper/dropper eats with Tricos on the surface in the morning and caddis in the late afternoon and eves…so fun!

Pegging anything but a plastic bead is illegal BTW.

The lower reaches of the North Platte River through Casper and into Glenrock still have lots of suspended floating debris. Stay high on the system if you want to be able to fish without a lot of fly cleaning. Miracle Mile is fishing well as is Fremont.

Drys All Day

We are on a great run of dry fly fishing in Central Wyoming. Grey Reef has been giving up solid fish to the surface and the strip. Streamers have also been productive. Now is the time if you like to cast to risers and then pound banks and dead drift when you need a break. The dry fly gig will be solid through at least mid October. Grey Reef conditions are very clear with some suspended debris. Check the flows on the chart below. Once you get lower on the North Platte River it is very congested with “floaties”. Don’t torment yourself with trying to fish through Casper and below to Glenrock, WY. It is traditional Grey Reef time and the fish won’t disappoint. Miracle Mile is also fishing and worth it although congested with anglers and hunters to some degree.

Today we have cast and blast trips out, big game and fishing trips. Our elk hunters have been in them but yet to knock an arrow. Sage Grouse were plentiful yesterday and the day was capped with dry fly fishing. We are looking ahead a few days to early season waterfowl and have guides on tap for those trips. Don’t forget, our neighbor, Riverbend Roosters is open for pheasant preserve hunts. Come fish and stay with us and spend a half day shooting pheasants…all right in Alcova Wyoming.

The trophy season is fast approaching. The last week of October and first 2 weeks of November have been THE window the past few seasons. Bring big rods and stamina. Grey Reef’s biguns will be on the prowl for a well placed streamer.

Waterfowl Hunts for the fall and winter season? It doesn’t get any better than Wyobraska Waterfowl and their prime Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska fields. They have secured more coveted riverfront with a warm water slough, a pond and cornfields for the green heads and Canada Geese. Snow Geese is their late season specialty so get on the list pronto! New luxury blinds are under construction and will be planted before the season kicks off.

Wyoming Fly Fishing, Wingshooting and Big Game Hunting

Flows are dropping, check the charts below. We’ve had a great run of lots of cool water and awesome fishing all season. These diminishing flows are actually a double edged sword. We like some change, we like many of the trico spots at lower flows but prefer a bit more edge structure for the hopper fishing and even the streamer game. September is starting with great dry fly fishing. Morning is trico spinner time and large pods of Grey Reef’s trout are waiting for the assembly line of food. Tricos are rhythm activity and tons of fun. By mid AM the pseudos are moving and the hopper eaters are ready midday. It has been really enjoyable to bounce around from different modes and techniques. Some big fish eating hoppers. We expect this to run through late September with tricos and caddis through mid October and pseudos until late September when the baetis will replace them through mid October. Then Midges become the predominant dry fly hatch. Also the streamer assault will heat up through mid November and beyond. the weather is so nice this time of year and the fishing is amazing.

Sage Grouse season stars Sept 16. We are finding good numbers of birds and the grasshoppers are providing an abundance of food. We are limited with cast and blast dates so get on that sooner than later. Our inaugural BIG GAME OUTFITTING season is here. Yes, you heard that right. We have an interesting situation with our facilities, fishing and access. Frankly, it is a sportsman’s dream and yes we mean women, kids and men who hunt and fish. Outfitting for pronghorn (antelope), Mule Deer and Elk is our big game hunting focus. We have the animals, experienced guides and the private access that give a sizable advantage to this operation. We are really excited.

New facilities are in the works as well. It has been an interesting permitting episode but we expect to be breaking ground in the next couple months with a cool new project opening spring of 2018. The lodge received an awesome new deck this year and it has been a big hit. We also just completed our liquor sales display so North Platte Lodge will now provide the convenience of on-site liquor sales. We will have a dialed selection of wine and spirits that are derived from our nearly 20 years of operating and noting the brands of choice.

Dinner. Wow. North Platte Lodge cook staff has been on a run of standing ovations. They are turning out artisan meals and stuffing bellies. Be prepared to eat when you arrive OR make sure you have the will power to put on the brakes…you’ll need it. Our corporate groups feel like the North Platte Lodge experience is the best bang for their buck and we can’t thank them enough for returning year after year. Consider us when planning your next meeting. You won’t be disappointed.

DRY FLY Seasoned with STREAMERS

PICTURE Frank with a hopper-eating, Grey Reef Philly yesterday afternoon

North Platte Lodge has a few great late summer and fall openings between next weekend and the 3rd weekend of October. Dry fly/Streamer/Nymphing, Upland and waterfowl hunting and big game trips – this is the season of plenty. Come get the full Central Wyoming sporting experience right at Grey Reef. Meals, hunting/fishing and accommodations when packaged together leave little available for compare. Many miles of private fishing access and 4 strategic private boat ramps, private hunting access, only operation at Grey Reef, highly experienced guide staff and an awesome dining experience.

The eclipse chaos has passed and the dry fly season is 3/4 throttle. Large pods of slithering trout hoovering the trico spinners in the morning and this will only improve as the Grey Reef flows are reduced. Impressive specimens looking up for the grasshoppers in the afternoon. Psuedos are showing up and pods of risers will be seen also in the afternoon. Nymphing the pseudos is as fun as it gets with really short/light rigs and small emerger patterns in skinny water. The runs are blistering as big trout bolt for deeper cover. Caddis eaters stacking in the heavy runs later in the afternoon and them become easy picking along the edges once they get to or return to the surface. The streamer game is solid with some days better than others but all are worth the effort. The Rusty Trombone has been a crowd pleaser especially when fished with a tip.

Sage Grouse season is close and we are getting booked up with cast and blast and day hunts. This year we get to mix chukar and huns into the sage grouse possibility as the season for those 2 now open two weeks earlier than in previous years. This is awesome news. Our big game season is off to a great start with a few large animals being the feature of many scouting operations.

Miracle Mile fishing is solid with flows a touch south of 1000cfs. A few streamer chases but primarily it is a nymphing game. Fremont Canyon is in full caddis mode and the big fish like thong out in strange spots so be careful what you pass up!