Posted on April 18, 2018
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!
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.