Posted on May 2, 2016
Due to unfortunate events we have two cottages available Thursday and Friday eves. We also have a couple lodge rooms available Fri-Sunday that we can offer as a room only option as well. It is going to be a beautiful weekend and the fishing is excellent. The 2 Fly charity event is happening Thursday and Friday so the river will be busy but predictable. The great thing is the weekend following is generally quiet so Saturday and Sunday should be great. Grey Reef flows were bumped to 800cfs this AM and hope they keep the trend going!
Congrats to our brother from the Great White North, Andrew Higgins, on his induction into the North Platte Lodge 25″ Club with a brown landed at the boat ramp on the last day of their trip…Happy Ending!
Grey Reef Flow and water conditions are very good and bumped to 700cfs…we love all the water they will give us Miracle Mile river flows and conditions are excellent and 2100cfs. Central Wyoming is finally experiencing a blue bird day! Grey Reef anglers should expect highs near 50 and a touch of breeze. This weather will ramp up all week with almost no wind and temps in the low 60s tomorrow and low 70s by week’s end. EMERGERS! BEATIS! Light rigs and suspended fish…oh so fun! try an 8.5′ 5wt with 5x fluro and a pair of bugs like an All day May or PAL or Foam Wing RS2 or WD40 or any reasonable combo. Short leader! Black or white indicator and watch the suspended fish plowing bugs mid column. So much more fun than dragging around a long and heavy bead rig. Our guests have been really enjoying the wade fishing…it has been ultra productive and they get to see what is really happening in the trout world. We have some cottage and lodge options so get ’em! Cable to cable is open as of this morning and won’t close until the first of April 2017.
Our news for May 1st is our new lease on the upper and just below the Lusby Access. This adds a mile or so to our already glutinous amounts of exclusive private access on the North Platte River Grey Reef section. But, it adds 2 key boats ramps. These ramps allow us even more ability to keep you fishing without the pack mentality that has become so prevalent. It opens up excellent half day and split float options. We often use split floats to mitigate what would otherwise be crowded(to us) conditions. This is unheard of in our local industry. We are also working on another private ramp in what could make our later season trips another exercise in keeping you in a true outdoor experience rather than a social event.
We have had wet and snowy weather all week. As I am writing the snow is still lightly falling. Central Wyoming is lightly worse for the wear as the fishing is still very good. Grey Reef blew out a few days ago and corrected itself in typical day/day and a half fashion. Yesterday we had great fishing across the board. Below Government Bridge is a mess though. Fremont is rocking, Miracle Mile Fly fishing is great bout the roads out there aren’t. We stuck some big fish in area still waters and our Bighorn River fishing in Thermopolis, WY was great. Urban settings and very limited amounts of water are not our favorite. It isn’t always just about the fish and frankly , if it is, the Bighorn can’t compete. I guided that stretch in the mid to late 90s when there was nobody out there…that was pretty fun.
May 1st is tomorrow so the cable to cable stretch will be ready to fish. Please be careful of the redds!
Flows at Grey Reef are still low but there is 2700 cfs coming into the North Platte River between Grey Reef and Glendo. 3200cfs is the flow at that point. With our large stockpile of moisture in the Laramie Range and in Southern Wyoming we are in for an incredible water year. The reservoirs are already VERY healthy. Big water makes the dry fly fishing amazing and keeps good structure for our big mean ambushers. Expect excellent dry fly fishing beginning mid July and continuing through mid-late October. Trophy streamer season will blossom in October with the height of the action in early November/late October.
We have a couple amazing lodge spots available in late July and through September. Sage Grouse hunts are almost booked to max so get on them if you want the best Sage Grouse hunting available anywhere. We might even have some other upland opportunities that will blow your mind? Working on that and will report as soon as they are confirmed.
More news to follow…this will interest the Grey Reef anglers the most. We are big fans of private access and not floating around in a wad with all the other boats on the river. That is why we secure so much exclusive trespass rights for our guests. It makes a big difference. More on that later.
Such a gorgeous past week in Wyoming then we get slapped with this. We experienced a couple hours of rain last yesterday and snow overnight and continuing. The North Platte River is suffering the impact. The lower river is chocolate. Bates Creek is CHARGING! Fly Shop Creek is big and the after bay aka Grey Reef Reservoir is soaking up the sediment. Still plenty of fishing options. Get your walleye rig dialed and head to Pathfinder! We have a cottage vacancy at the fly shop for tomorrow and Thursday eve. Stay warm and on site to target the fishing on your terms. The baetis hatch has been insane and swinging soft hackles or nymphing real bugs has been mind blowing. Streamer activity has been minimal but there are good options for surface feeders.
With our snowpack and the reservoirs nice and plump, we are gaping to have a superb summer and fall season. There will be no lack of water and suspect we will get good flows…remember Bigger is Better at Grey Reef. The old adage about low water being advantageous is dead and frankly boring. Favorite Miracle Mile flow is 8000cfs…and it is only 2000 right now. So mangy cool spots open up at big water, but you have to think outside the box.
Our little spring beatings make the remainder of the season that much better…I bet hoppers are going to show this year;)
Fishing has been phenomenal lately! Our boats the past few days have experienced some incredble fishing, with fish being caught on nymph, streamer, and even dry fly rigs. We will be experiencing some rain/snow showers this weekend, but the fishing will still remain good. Baetis love these overcast,drizzling days and with Baetis comes some fun fishing opportunities! Swinging a soft hackle through feeding fishing is just about the most fun a person can have, ditch the indicator and wait for the tug! Miracle Mile flows increased yesterday to 2,000 CFS, the clarity has remained great out there despite the increased flow. Dry fly fishing has definitley been an option the past few days, with a parachute Adams fooling some awesome fish. Guides Adam Boehlke and Erik Hufnagle both returned this week and we are so happy to have them back! The fishing the next few days will be very good, we hope everyone has a chance to go get out and wet a line!
Fishing on the North Platte River sections of Miracle Mile, Grey Reef and Fremont canyon are a very good. With our recent warm weather the small tributaries and ditches are running off. Bates Creek is high and Muddy so the river conditions below that point are brown. The Upper Grey Reef from the Dam to a couple miles below Government Bridge are clear and fishing excellent. Baetis have made their grand appearance and those critters should never be ignored in the spring, midges are all over as well. Small worms..err…annelids (sorry) are fetching fish and the pine squirrel leach in natural has been a go to. Eggs will get them but are unneeded. Fish a bit stealthy. The Mile is rocking with worms, beady leaches and midge stuff. Fremont Canyon fishing report dictates small bugs and light tippet. Also some surface feeding at both Grey Reef and Fremont…spinners and duns.
The weekend we might be in for some Wyoming Spring rowdiness. The weather will be cooling down and there are chances of moisture. This may be the perfect opportunity for the streamer enthusiast. Go get ’em!
Walleye fishing has been superb in Pathfinder. Get in your tube and get some fish tacos with traditional sinking lake tactics. Trolling a streamer at 6-14 ft could get you a delicious meal.
Central Wyoming fishing is excellent on many fronts. Miracle Mile report is good fishing with midges, leaches, worms and eggs. Streamers are good especially down low and the walleye bite is good in Pathfinder Reservoir. Lots of different watercraft from pontoon boats to high dollar walleye rigs loaded with electronics wagon training to Pathfinder in the mornings. Fremont Canyon is fishing excellent with nymph rigs and midge stuff. Calm conditions will have surface feeders. Grey Reef is also lights out fishing and nymphs rigs pulling kitchen patrol for the troops. Streamers have been seeing little attention recently on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River. It is breezy in Alcova today and Casper is experiencing the same. Tomorrow looks breezy and Monday looks amazing. We have some midweek cottage availability and guides are also available. North Platte Lodge has a couple excellent options for a late April fishing stay.
Our big dump last week spared us from runoff for a few days but 60* and 14″ is a recipe for a dirt rodeo. The water temps dropped with the snowmelt and lots of sediment entered…no bueno. Yesterday, however, fished superbly. We are back on. Remember to not trample the redds and please give other anglers space on the river. It is getting ridiculous when boats are crashing into other boats. Expect an angry reaction if you plan to get inside of other’s bubble…you are the problem, not them. The river is full of fish and you don’t need to crowd others because you see them hooking fish, just go to the next spot and your space will be respected.
*UPDATE* WYOMING SATE HWY 220 is closed from Casper to Muddy Gap/Rawlins/Lander. I25 is Closed from Douglas to Casper, WY. Wyoming HWY $*& closed from Clark’s Corner to Medicine Bow and 30 from Walcott JCT to Bosler. I80 Closed Laramie to Sinclair and the missing link is I25 North to casper is open still. This could cause some water quality issues in the coming days. Stay tuned.
It is going to be a day of digging and pushing snow in Alcova, Wyoming. Best to stay home today, really. Already over a foot on the ground and not slowing down. We will provide guided shoveling trips free of charge if you happen to find yourself in the area.
Fishing in Central Wyoming has been, and will continue to be, excellent. Grey Reef is top producer with nymph rigs. Midges popping at the nicest part of the day…every day. Simple arrangement is midges on 4x fluoro 4-7′ and feed ’em where they are eating. They will push into fast water and drops during the hatches and tailouts and soft edges at other times.
We are about to get waylaid by another big snow event in the Alcova and Casper, Wyoming areas. Fishing will remain excellent but angler conditions will be poor at best. This is the time to stear clear of Miracle Mile as the roads will become impassable more than likely. Fremont Canyon can also get you in trouble if you aren’t careful. Stick to Grey Reef Road and the true Grey Reef Section of the North Platte River. Water conditions will be the best and we have a warm retreat at The Reef fly Shop. Snow totals for lower elevations could go over a foot. Higher elevations several feet. The skiing on Casper Mountain has been super fun the past week. Lots of powder for gravity assist folks and the Nordic Center trails are amazing for the fitness crowd.
This will likely bump the Laramie Range snowpack up over 100%. This is what got us into trouble last year. The BuRec started pushing water to Glendo and then we received a bunch of moisture locally. Nebraska told us to stop sending water and Glendo went into critical level. Grey Reef flows were cut to help lessen the burden and the spawners were left high and dry and available to angler predation. Educate yourself about trout spawning before stepping into the water. This is a critical moment for the fishery and a couple misplaced footsteps can vaporize the potential for thousands. That redd MAY have been the one that has the genetics for the big boys…we want the Trophy Trout…that is what Grey Reef is all about.