Posted on June 23, 2016
Ben Lanoha and Guide Rick Aune with yesterday’s brown. This streak is getting ridiculous. Wyoming’s best fly fishing.
Posted on June 22, 2016
Grey Reef had been dropped to 5000cfs and the fishing is excellent. The number of big browns landed over the past two weeks rivals and period we can remember. There have been some bruiser rainbows landed as well. The river is slithering with worms and the trout are feeding at a feverish pace. We are looking forward to a bit less water ONLY because the PMD and Yellow Sally hatches will be a bit more prevalent. We like the easy worm fishing but bugs are what fly fishing is all about. Miracle Mile is on notch north of silly and is also at 5000cfs. Fremont is big and that is fishing good as well. It has been a super fun couple of weeks and the cool thing is the fishing will become more diverse as the summer continues. Dry fly and streamer opportunities will become more productive. Get ready for Golden Stones! If we can maintain big water for another month the hopper thing will be rowdy.
We have a couple summer time lodge options still available, We have pretty good cottage availability a nd the guides are getting worked! Call if you are interested in a guiding opportunity with us!
Our Big Horn River program is on and we are booking wild pheasant, chukar, hun as well as cast and blast and fishing trips.
Grey Reef fishing has been superb and the number of trophy class fish landed by our guests this week takes a hand to count. 5 fish at or over 25″ in one week…all browns. We have a one room lodge spot available this weekend. What are you waiting for?
Central Wyoming Fly Fishing is holding strong. Grey Reef Flows are still at 7000cfs and nymphing is very good. The banks are wet causing the food of choice to be worms. The fish are stuffed with the protein laden critters. We are running nymph rigs from 4′ – 7′ with a touch heavier rigs. Worms and leeches seem to be performing best although we are getting some solid activity on pheasant tails and bugs similar. The mornings have been very productive and later afternoon slowing a touch. This big water is not only good for the fishing right now but it will make July – September amazing. The edge structure will be prime for hoppers and streamers to be ambushed by the greedy trout. These flows also squash the late summer algae bloom. High water also introduces lots of nutrients and protection for the upcoming crop of babies. We experience excellent recruitment of wild fish during these events. Miracle Mile is a 6200cfs right now. The wading will not be the same in your traditional spots BUT these situations will pack trout in places that you’ve never been able to fish before. There are still excellent runs and they are after the same stuff…worm, leeches and scuds. Don’t be afraid to nymph some crawdad patterns as well and certainly don’t abandon the midge /PMD/Golden Stone (Pat’s Rubber Legs and Half Backs) imitations.
Fremont Canyon is a full blown river and quite a site to see. Go check out Pathfinder spilling off of the cliffs. This is a waterfall that rivals many and a rare event. Fishing is still possible and the fish just nudge to the softer water.
Big water doesn’t flush the fish down river and it doesn’t hurt their intention to feed wildly…it just makes things more interesting as you get to go find them in your little spot.
The full reservoirs are also priming for amazing carp fishing. The shallow, flooded bays are full of them. If you haven’t tried “carping” you are missing out. Stop by The Reef Fly Shop for a great selection of appropriate carp bugs.
This is also a great time to rent a boat. We have a new fleet and you can cover a lot of water and hook a pile of fish.
Wow! Central Wyoming Fly Fishing has turned it on! The Reef has been fishing very well with nymph rigs. Getting some fish to eat midge and baetis patterns as well as the slightly larger generic stuff like pheasant tails but it is really a worm game right now. Flows are 4500cfs and will continue to increase. This has the river FULL of worms. Landing a fish and they sometimes puke a big ball of worms out. Not fishing much over 6′ for kneader and 3 and 4x fluoro tippet. The water is chilly at 52* but the upper has 4′ of visibility. Below Government Bridge is also fishing well. Miracle Mile is 7500cfs and the same thing is happening there. Worms and leeches. Some excellent new water opens up at these flows so get your favorite run out of your head and go find a new favorite! Pathfinder Dam is spilling and it makes quite a spectacle…don’t miss it! Fremont Canyon is big water! But guess what…the fish are still there and still eating.
The Big Horn River in Thermopolis is big as well…stick to Grey Reef! However, we are now booking fly fishing, upland bird hunts and cast and blast on the Big Horn River. The Big Horn is similar and different at the same time. You get increased opportunities for dry fly and streamer fishing. The Chukkar, Hun and pheasant hunting is excellent. Waterfowl love the warm waters below the hot springs making these hunts very productive. Enjoy a soak in the State Bathhouse in warm/hot spring water that is continually flowing through the facility.
Central Wyoming fly fishing is rocking and rolling. Fishing is great and our water situation is interesting…in a good way. Grey Reef flows are at 4000cfs, Miracle Mile flows are 6000cfs. Fremont Canyon? Who knows. But it is is big. Pathfinder damn started to spill in the past day so the flows are unable to be metered. Seminoe Damn is 85% of capacity(which in reality is more than the BuRec would like due to condition of the structure). Alcova, Grey Reef and Glendo are full. The North Platte River is flooding near the Wyoming – South Dakota Line. Needless to say, we have lots of water. This is good for Grey Reef! We are having great days on the water and there is no end in sight. Late July, August and September will experience amazing conditions and the hopper and streamer opportunities will be excellent. Bigger water creates much better edge structure and changes the runs. Do the runs disappear? Are the fish getting washed downstream? Is it too fast to float? Are the fish too spread out? NO, no, no and no. There are always runs no matter the level of the river. Are they were they were at 500cfs? No, they migrated somewhere between the 500cfs runs. Can you still catch fish? Big number, typical Grey Reef feast is still the norm.
We have some good NPL availability for the later part of the season and we have 2 one room spots available for the June TroutFest. Come and get it! Expect your grin muscles to cramp a bit.
Grey Reef flows are up to 3000cfs this morning and Miracle Mile flows are up to 4500cfs. Grey Reef fished well yesterday. It wasn’t lights out but a very solid day on the water. Visibility is still not great and hoping these increased flows will push the remaining sediment out of the after bay soon. Things will clear up very nicely, we can promise that. The weather coming up looks very nice as well. Remember if you are up to you waste in the river you are likely standing in the feeding zone and on the reeds. We still have a couple weeks that are critical for the eggs and babies in the gravel.
Wyoming Fly Fishing in the central part of the state is in a little hiccup. Let us no overreact about what is going on. Grey Reef flows are up to 2600 cfs and Miracle Mile is up to 4200 cvs as of this AM. Fishing on both venues was pretty slow yesterday and Fremont Canyon was good. The water is still a little off color at Grey Reef due to weird fluctuations in the level of the after bay (Gray Reef Reservoir). This is a problem in the short term but good in the long term as it has a flushing impact. Water temp are cold, fish are not hanging out where they were at lower levels and they haven’t really settled in for the last week. Things have been disrupted…this is a blip AND persistence and outside the box thinking will have you in the fish a plenty. We have quite a few trips out today and will let you know the results as soon as possible. Take a deep breath and go fish. Fish where the fish are and with what they want to eat.
We have a full lodge 4 night/3 day opening July 24-27 and a 5 night/4 day Aug 20-24. Summer conditions are going to be excellent with all of this water…can’t wait!
Central Wyoming fly fishing is resilient as ever. We have had some wild spring weather and the Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon sections of the North Platte River have persevered like they always do. Grey Reef blew out in a big way, the roads to Miracle Mile were a mess and Fremont Canyon just kept on ticking. Needless to say, Grey Reef is back in a big way…yes the river flows are up to 1100cfs, yes! The river still looks kinda gross but it is fishing very well. Miracle Mile flows are 3500cfs, yes! Bigger the better and we are happy that by the end of the month Grey Reef will be chugging at 5000cfs. Don’t be scared of big water, this an opportunity and big water years generally have excellent trout recruitment. It may be a little too late to realize that benefit but since the fishing is so much more fun we’ll take it. I would expect the Mile to puff up a bit more than 5000cfs. Cross our fingers for 8 grand…that is my personal favorite. Eliminate the fear of big water and the fish become too dispersed, that is a myth. They go to the water that best suits their needs and that water is always accessible. It is very simple really.
We have a very busty schedule this season and our late sea on dates are getting snatched up. The water conditions will be excellent for a late summer and fall trip.
The Grey reef flow schedule is:
Today: 1400 Tomorrow:1700 5/14:2000 5/15:2300 5/16:2600 5/17:3000
Miracle Mile going to 4000cfs until further notice
Posted on May 9, 2016
Central Wyoming is still in the grip of a spring weather event that is causing widespread river quality issues. We have canceled a bunch of trips but are still putting out guide for guest requests. Psst, they are having awesome days on the water. However, Grey Reef is still muddy and will be a couple days to start to straighten up. Miracle Mile is in good shape but the roads are a disaster in spots. Fremont Canyon is in good shape and fishing is very good. The Bighorn River through Themopolis Wyoming had significant rock slides in the Wind River Canyon and the river conditions are muddy. While we are battling Mother Nature for our most well known and rock star venues Central Wyoming is a treasure trove of fly fishing opportunities. A bit of creativity and research will yield some very cool “new” fishing spots. Caution there are many creeks in the area that have been flooding so be careful out there!