Posted on August 24, 2017
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!
Monsoonal moisture has been a rollercoaster the past couple weeks. Grey Reef is still at 2000cfs so burps are quickly wiped away but the store 2 nights ago trashed Grey Reef Reservoir. At Lusby there is almost no vis this morning. However, in true central Wyoming fish fashion we are NEVER out of the game. Area creek, ponds, reservoir and alternate tailwaters like Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon provide awesome opportunities as you’ll see in the photo of Wayne Henry from yesterday. We are still riding the trico, midge and caddis train. And as a quick FYI if you or your guide are pegging (snagging) with chenille or zonked fur you are fishing illegally. The only allowed snagging-rig is with plastic beads to imitate eggs.
Eclipse festivities kick off today and there is so much happening in the Casper area that it is mind boggling. Notable facts to remember for the Alcova and Grey Reef areas
- No camping outside of designated campsites at Grey Reef, that is the land between Hwy 220 and along Great Reef road and to the river. There is a BLM overflow area below Government Bridge and if it rains it will be a muddy mess.
- No Fires, charcoal grills or smoking outside of your vehicle. Don’t fling your butts out the window, please.
- We will not be running shuttles or renting anymore boats on Sunday or Monday.
- Jalan Crossland and The last Coyote are playing at the Sunset Grill on Friday night…awesome show.
- It will be dark for a little bit…during an unnatural time
Grey Reef suffered a bit this AM due to a big rainstorm last night. The river is pretty muddy starting at Grey Reef Dam. If you move quick you can jump in below the surge but expect it catch you. Thankfully, with plenty of water it will repair itself quickly…we suspect it’ll be back on tomorrow. Fishing has been pretty awesome otherwise. The hopper/dropper thing is ramping up, streamers are getting the smack-down and nymphing is the top production specialist.
ECLIPSE! NPL had a cancelation and we now have 3 rooms still available for a 4 night lodging and meals package. CALL 307.237.1182 book all 3 for a discount.
The Central Wyoming fishing report is strong. We have just taken a breath after a super busy bout. This week will ebb a bit and the flow starts again this weekend and continues through the late part of August. Why? Because fishing is pretty awesome and everybody now knows about Grey Reef’s dry fly fishing. Tricos, caddis and PMDs bringing them up on The Reef. The grasshopper crop is bumper this year. It is happening to a degree but wish for the wind to get these things on the water. Grey Reef hopper fishing is unlike any other. Thankfully we still have strong flows that keep the edge-structure intact. This is prime time to rent a drift boat and throw big foam to the banks and seams. The streamer activity has been surprisingly active. Lots of eats and follows with some crushing takes. Nymphing is old faithful and the smogasboard of bugs keeps them suspended with tricos, midges, scuds, leeches, worms, PMD and caddis. Miracle Mile is doing well and they are liking soft hackled caddis and pmd stuff. Fremont Canyon has foragers pounding streamer and looking up for PMD and caddis offerings. If you are looking for THE place to fish for summer…you can pass on Montana and their elevated water temps and post up right here in trouttown USA. Did we mention that the walleye fishing has been on fire at our neighborhood reservoirs or Pathfinder and Alcova? Fish tacos with wild walleye are unbeatable.
Casper, Wyoming fishing is primary but the coming events will keep you entertained. This weekend is Beartrap Summer Festival will have great music capped by Joan Osborne on Saturday Eve and Wynona Judd on Sunday afternoon. Check out Urban Bottle for some good beer tasting and Bootlegger Liquors will have local whiskey for a try. These properties are walking distance to each other and also participate in the Thursday Eve Art Walk coming in 2 days. Lots of live music, food, libations and art. Stop at Racca’s for wood fired pizza and a glass of Melvin IPA. A few cool outdoor shops mixed between the festivities are well worth a visit. Mountain Sports, the new and improved Crazy Pedaler, Gear Up and our friends at The Ugly Bug Fly Shop. No downtown Casper visit is complete without a visit to Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. Pearl snaps and a straw hat are perfect on the river and the town.
Oops, we almost forgot the ECLIPSE…That little ditty is the following weekend and occurs the morning of Aug 21st. A life memory? Yep, that is why so many folks are coming to Casper. We still have some availability for lodging, RV, fishing and boat rentals. Best get on the bandwagon BUT you don’t have to tolerate a crowded experience when you stay with us. Call! 307.232.9128
Some great NPL spots left over the coming month and ECLIPSE dates available! These are a 4 night package arriving Aug 18 and departing the 22nd. We have lodge rooms and couple RV sites but the cottages have been spoken for.
Pegging or snagging with anything besides a plastic bead is illegal in Wyoming. You won’t fish a snagging rig at North Platte Lodge or The Reef Fly Shop.
Grey Reef guides report continued excellent fishing. Yesterday’s late eve streamer assault netted solid browns and rainbows. Midge activity strong in the morning and PMDs getting the holeshot by late morning and a solid lead through late afternoon. Guides are running a 2 fly rig with and All-Day May and PMD Barr’s Emerger early then switching to a double PMD rig. Grey Reef flows remain at 2500cfs. Miracle Mile is producing on a variable level. Miracle Mile flows are 1000cfs and PMD, worm, leech and soft hackle rigs doing the job.
Conditions are as good as they get and we are seeing a fair amount of dry fly activity…plan on that increasing substantially over the coming week, weeks and months.
Cast and Blast packages for Sage Grouse Hunts and early season waterfowl are available. September and October will be excellent fishing months considering the higher flows of 2017…doesn’t get much better.
Wyoming Fly Fishing and Grey Reef, in particular, enjoying a bit lower flows of 2500cfs and really solid bug activity. Grey Reef production is in top form. Pale Morning Duns are the notable and targeted critter during the bulk of the day. Midges are very prevalent early and caddis should be the prime suspect later. Of course, Yellow Sallies are available and The Reef Fly Shop has the patterns to match this hatch with aplomb. Epoxy Backs, Bird Nests, All-Day Mays, Hare’s Ears, PAL and The Reef’s Soft Hackled Sally are solid choices. Streamer activity has not been lights out BUT it isn’t so much about quantity as it is about quality…fish of a lifetime is available out there right now. Dry fly and dry/dropper rigs are pulling their weight on kitchen patrol. DO NOT forget the dry fly rod.
Miracle Mile flows are down to 1000cfs and the fishing is variable. Beady leaches and rubber legs along with soft hackles and foam back PMD are top producing. Short rigs in many locations so it takes some work and figuring out your depth. Careful not to focus all your efforts on the deep runs.
In recent discussions surrounding the “pegged bead” or “snagging rig” issue we have learned that the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has the say(with recent and unfortunate changes to the Wyoming Constitution) on the allowing snagging or not. Interestingly enough snagging is illegal, however they have created a snagging allowance with the pegged BEAD rig and it is defined as a lure. This lure includes a non eatable bead placed no more than 2″ from a bare hook that snags the fish in the face. Naturally, things progress and folks are pegging chenille, fur…whatever. But, this technique is outside of the definition per the Wy Game and Fish. What will come of this?
Casper, Wyoming is bustling with the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo this week. The rodeo final event is this Saturday evening and is a great show of athleticism and some original and traditional sporting events. Lots of live music available, wine tasting, food trucks and good old-fashioned enjoying summer. Central Wyoming is more than a one trick pony. Beartrap Summer Festival is approaching with Joan Osborne and Wynona Judd capping the evenings. Wyoming’s favorite “tailer park troubadour” Jalan Crossland will be playing right in Alcova, Wyoming on August 19th with a warmup by our good buddies The Last Coyote. Thumping banjo and lightweight lyrics keep the fun-meter pegged. A dip in Alcova Reservoir just a stone’s throw from The Reef Fly Shop or a dip in Sloane’s General Store ice cream buckets just a few blocks over. Enjoy a cold beverage, cigarette polluted air and some questionable food at the Sunset Bar.
Grey Reef is giving up some quality trophy trout, Miracle Mile is giving them up as well. PMDs, caddis and Sallies at both venues getting them suspended and even on the surface. Golden Stones are winding down at the Mile. The streamer activity has been really fun and some truly huge trout taking note of a fleeing bank side Goldie. Keep your rigs suspended and pile on some weight in the afternoon and run the heavier water. Late – a dry/dropper caddis rig in the tight riffles will get them looking up. It won’t be long ’til solid hopper and trico activity will compliment the caddis fishing. It is really fun and will remain.
We have some North Platte Lodge availability over the next couple months and our creative kitchen staff has been getting high praise. If you prefer to do it on your own book a cottage or RV site at The Reef Fly Shop and rent a boat. We have lots of options. The guides have been loving the new ramp at Bates Creek. Talk about separation when they use one of our other private ramps in the Lusby area.
Central Wyoming Fly Fishing guide report is thumbs up all the way. Grey Reef is giving up some trophies on a diligent streamer rig. Stick with it and you shall be rewarded. Nymphing at The Reef is solid with soft hackles and PMDs to trick the Yellow Sally, caddis and PMD hatches. Some dry dropper activity on the edges as well. Miracle Mile is peaked with golden stones this will not last so get your foam dry fly fix! Beady leaches and worms are also producing. We are getting pretty amped up for the continued great fishing and the arrival of the hopper and trico opportunities.
NPL has a few full lodge spots available this summer so grab a partner and get here. Not only will the fishing not disappoint but the food, location and overall experience is second to none.
Tomorrow is the Downtown Casper Wyoming Artwalk. Cruise downtown for great music, cool wares, beverage, and food. Next week kicks off Fair Week with the parade on Tuesday and the the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo culminating in the final rodeo event on Saturday eve. A true Western experience!
Guides Needed! We are looking for career minded guides with hunting and fishing in their blood. A solid background in guest services a huge bonus. A strong work ethic and an open yet confident personality are the key ingredients in NPL and TRFS staff.
Where to start? Grey Reef down to 3000cfs this AM and clear. Edge structure is awesome and big browns on the prowl for streamers. Rainbows munching worms, leeches and soft hackled caddis patterns and big (for us) nymphs like Mercer’s Epoxy Back 16, Big Rubber Legs also. Yellow Sallies are present but not yet in force…PMDs are getting attention and that hatch is a bit delayed. That is a good thing since the calorie packs available don’t need the hatch and we will welcome it next week. Dry fly with hopper/dropper and caddis in the riffles late in the day. Miracle Mile is fishing really well and the size is impressive. Miracle Mile flows also dropped to 3000cfs this AM. Golden Stones, PMD, caddis, worms and leaches. Pure solid angling at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Fremont is still 1200cfs and fishing well but don’t expect the Disneyland fishery it normally is. The Big Horn River in Thermopolis, Wyoming is big but the Wind is now delivering less water to Boysen Reservoir than is being released down the Wind River Canyon. Fishing should be restored in the coming weeks. Casper Fishing is very good and the North Platte River is clear and productive through town and below. Casper has great events all summer a of particular note is the Eclipse.