Posted on May 24, 2017
2017 is shaping up to be an interesting fishing conundrum in most of the West. The Big Horn River is huge, freestones in the surrounding states are blown out and the moisture keeps coming. We had the same weather event late last week and over the weekend but Grey Reef came out on top. There was a surge of sediment that entered the North Platte River from normally dry drainages but it didn’t impact the true Grey Reef Section. Water below Government Bridge did get brown but our moderate flows of 2000cfs are just enough to clean things quickly. Roads to Miracle Mile were pretty muddy but the fishing remained strong. Fremont athas been a slam dunk at 80cfs. Grey Reef and Fremont have been great with lighter nymph rigs and foam wing RS2, PAL, All Das May etc. You get the picture, it is buggy out there. The Baetis and midges are strong. Miracle Mile art 1500cfs has been more of a dirt snake operation with worms and leaches and a bug dropper. Dry fly has been an isolated yet productive means at touching some of our eager trout.
Lots of folks are calling as a fall back to their trip that is being canceled due to high water or muddy conditions. We welcome the challenge and living up to your expectations. I’ve heard more than once that folks should have just booked a trip to Grey Reef in the first place. Now they know what to expect and we hope that they consider Central Wyoming to top their fly fishing hit list next time.
We have some great fishing options over the coming months, so get your group together and lets talk dates. The whole crew at Trophy Trout Outfitters has been jamming and this is when we really hit our stride. The remainder of the summer is when we bring on more help rather than shuck it. There is ground to be broken and fish to be tricked. We always have our eyes peeled for and up-and-comer so if you want a career in the outdoor industry…bring in your resume.
Central Wyoming is fishing well. Central Wyoming is not immune to the widespread spring weather event. Casper started soaking up some drizzle a couple hours ago and Casper Mountain is receiving snow at above 7000′. Alcova, Wyoming has not really been too wet yet and The Reef Fly Shop has several boats on the water today. Grey Reef water conditions are very good. The North Platte River was very clear all the water through Casper yesterday. We suspect that will change a bit over the coming day. All in all temps will only be in the mid 40s…not a big deal, we may see some snow…so what. This is a recipe for a bumper hatch of baetis! Miracle Mile road conditions will suck for the next day or two. Our recommendation is enjoy a very quiet Grey Reef. There were exactly ZERO anglers or campers at the boat ramp and upper public areas yesterday. One of the premier tail waters and nobody fishing it. Rigs to follow will be pretty close for both Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef fishing success. Worms and leaches are good point options but foam wing rs2, PAL, Mayhem Midge, Pulsating Emerger and even wd40 will be a good choice on light tippet. Look for fish moving hard and suspended off of drops. This is quintessential Grey Reef Emerger fishing and some of the best production anywhere.
The Reef Fly Shop has a solid selection of fishing gloves and on days like this that can make or break your experience. Even though the weather at Grey Reef is very nice right now it won’t hurt to be prepared.
North Platte Lodge has some great packages available for the summer. The new deck is a big hit and frames the upper Grey Reef landscape beautifully. We are the perfect option for groups of anglers to have a private lodge experience with an unmatched location, amazing fishing and views, private access to make Ted Turner jealous and a guide staff that is nothing short of industry leading. The meals, hosts and trout leave nothing to be desired. Seriously, The North Platte Lodge and Grey Reef do not suffer from run off, so if you are waiting and watching for other drainages to be ready you may have missed most of the season. Casper, WY has exactly the experience you are looking for, only better. You may be surprised at the size of the trout, you may be surprised at the value or quality of experience but don’t be surprised that we are right here and always striving to bolster the overall package for the Grey Reef angler for nearly 2 decades.
Casper is having some cool events this week. Tonight Urban Bottle is hosting an Entrepreneur Talk and dishing out craft beer form Upslope Brewing to celebrate Craft Beer Week, tomorrow swing into the Parkway Plaza and listen to Georgia Gould speak about her profession mountain bike career and Olympic medal. That will send us into Saturday with the Rattlesnake Rally Gravel Grinder bike race on the historic Oregon Trail, or cruise the North Platte River Pathway to help the Parkway Trust spruce up the join in anticipation of a busy summer 2017 on one of our urban recreation gems. Then get to Mike Lansing Field for Harmony, Hops and Hope. This is a craft beer celebration with lots of offerings and great music. This charitable event benefits Casper Youth Baseball and Central Wyoming Trails Alliance a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association. This is just a sampling and you can get the nitty gritty at www.visitcasper.com and subscribe to the Casper Compass for weekly updates of local events.
Central Wyoming Fishing conditions are tip-top. Guides report excellent nymphing at Grey Reef with a number of baetis patterns, midges leeches and worms flows have settled back in at 2000cfs and the river is clear on the true Grey Reef section and a touch green but very fishable to Casper, WY. Fremont Canyon fishing has also been excellent and the flows have returned to Disney Land-ish 80cfs. Some great dry fly to be had and super light emerger rig production. Miracle Mile is chugging along at 1500cfs which is VERY wadeable. Again, nymphing has been excellent. Roads may suffer with the recent moisture. There is snow in the forecast for Thursday but nice conditions on either side of that. This low will instigate some amazing baetis hatches and you should be prepared with a hand full of dry flies and an appropriate rod for the presentation. That being said, targeting a big-un with a streamer has a lot of promise. IF you have been itching to break the 25″ trout mark book a Trophy Trip and take advantage of the weather condition and Grey Reef’s most experienced pros to get the fish of a lifetime!
Another big fish hit the net yesterday, congrats and Happy Mother’s Day to Ann Ginder…wow!
Posted on May 9, 2017
Wyoming Fly Fishing just had a strange twist. Flows are dropping on all 3 tail waters. Miracle Mile dropped to 1950 cfs, Grey Reef flows down to 2500 cfs and Fremont is getting cute again. This is a double edged sword as the baetis hatch will improve and emerger and dry fly will be awesome. It will expose the redds more and hoping the flows stay up in some fashion to protect the trout eggs and keep anglers out of the critical areas. Fishing has been pretty silly the past few days and this trend will continue. We are back in a fair weather cycle so enjoy! The 2 Fly tournament is this coming Thursday and Friday and that will put a pile of boats on the water.
This weekend will be relatively quiet as it always is after the 2 Fly…again, enjoy.
In lieu of the boat ramp shuttle stalking just a reminder that our shuttle service has been around for years and the way we design the service is that we keep very experienced drivers and they are paid in a way that rewards slow and careful driving…hourly. When the drivers are paid per shuttle it encourages fast and careless transport. Swing into The Reef Fly Shop and fill out a shuttle sheet and be confident in our experience, longevity and commitment to excellence.
Looky what NPL angler Jay Elms and guide Seth Kapust handled yesterday…should have been you!
Central Wyoming Fly Fishing – Grey Reef is cut and dry, fishing is great river conditions are great and currently flows are 3000 cubic feet per second, weather is great. With increased flows the availability of worms increases exponentially. These fish will puke up piles of worms when you land them on a San Juan Worm. They are gluttons and leech and worm patterns are a pretty solid option. BUT, baetis is the hatch…along with midges. Dragging worms and eggs around catches fish, but BWO and midge emergers can be equally productive and these locations are very available to wading anglers. Our trout will get into some very precarious spots in order to take advantage of the baetis hatches. Keep your eyes peeled!
Miracle Mile fly fishing has been iffy, as in, not that great. Of course fishing is a day to day things and this report could be out of relevance by this afternoon. Worms, beady leeches and wd40. Tailouts are happy places. Flows at miracle Mile are 3150cfs and we hope that increases quite a bit in the coming weeks. Big is beautiful on the Miracle Mile.
Fremont Canyon aka Cardwell Access is fishing well. Even now that the flows have been bumped to several hundred cfs. It isn’t the cute little Disneyland fishery right now but rather a little river and WAY more interesting. Same bugs as Grey Reef apply here and a notch smaller tippets is a good idea.
Reef to Mile Gravel Grinder Bike Race is this Saturday at 8am, beginning at The Reef fly Shop. This is a 60 mile ride with a 40 mile option. Grilled meats afterward. Bring your bike and ride before fishing, the weather looks amazing.
Casper and Alcova Fishing was excellent yesterday. Bright blue skies over Central Wyoming and calm. The NPL fly fishing guides reported solid fishing on Grey Reef and Fremont was busy. Miracle Mile roads were still a mess. Today we will return to calm and blue bird. Grey Reef flows have been bumped to 2600cfs and the clarity is improving dramatically below Government Bridge. Grey Reef remained in tip top condition through the moisture of late last week. That is the beauty of being on the upper river and increasing flows. The upper is the last to suffer dirty water in the rare event it happens, plus most access is on hard surface or gravel roads that don’t turn into a mud bog. Added flow clears the river very quickly and is a good thing all the way around. Blue Creek AKA Fly Shop Creek, was puking pretty good yesterday afternoon with no ill impact. Whew!
The bug report is pretty simple, Baetis, midges, worms, leeches, Rusty Scud, eggs
NPL is the premier operation in the region on one of the best fisheries anywhere. Such a strong guide crew, amazing quantities of private access and our location leaves nothing to be desired. We still have some excellent spots available for June, July and August. Wyoming is flirting with opening Chukar on Sept 15. This will make our Sage Grouse hunts even more desirable so you might want to get in on that soon. Plan on the last 10 days of September.
Muddy conditions below Government Bridge and muddy Roads to Lusby, Miracle Mile, Trappers Access. That is why we are at Grey Reef:) Water is clear up here as well. Grey Reef flows are bumped up another 200 to 2400cfs. We would rather go quite a bit bigger and expect that is the plan. GREY REEF IS NOT BLOWN-OUT and fishing well.
Central and Southern Wyoming are in a short-lived winter weather pattern. Casper and Alcova are not in bad shape but there is a skiff of snow on the ground. Grey Reef turned a bit off color below Government Bridge as a result of moisture yesterday. This will correct itself very quickly. The benefits of these conditions? Awesome pictures due to very good fishing, fewer folks on the water and big baetis hatches gets the fish high in the column. Expect dry fly at Fremont, lousy roads to Miracle Mile but if you are already there, i.e. stuck, the fishing will cooperate nicely. Plan on rowdy fish at Grey Reef and skip the Big Horn since the Wind River Canyon is closed as a result of very unstable canyon wall. Wyoming Department of Transportation has been clearing and monitoring the situation for the past couple days…it doesn’t look pretty. Grey Reef is the king, per usual, and Fremont will deliver undoubtedly.
Pic: Chef Micheal and Adam confirming accuracy of the reel’s rainbow graphics
Central Wyoming and Grey Reef does not offer a window of trout opportunity but rather an open door. Grey Reef is the best all-season fishery, period. Grey Reef is the 5th Dam in a short space with big reservoirs(settling pools) above. This AM the term all-season is slapping us with a pretty nice snow already starting to cover the grass. Low and snow = big baetis hatches and super suspended and very active fish. Miracle Mile fishing report has been good but not anywhere near as productive as The Reef. Still shorer nymph rigs with worms and bugs will get their attention. Fremont Canyon fishing is great with drys and stealthy nymph rigs. Please stay out of and off of actively spawning fish. The Big Horn is high and green. Fishing is good but access is limited to boats due to low clearance under bridges. Be careful.
Pic: First time for everything
Wyoming fly fishing is ticking on all cylinders. Grey Reef is 2000cfs and clear. This won’t change with “run-off” because we don’t have run-off. Baetis, BWO, blue wings…whatever you prefer to call them, are popping and this hatch will push into early June. Grey Reef trout like to get high in the column and pound the emergers. Swing into The Reef fly Shop to get set up with highly productive emerger and trad nymph rigs. Who, whoa, whoa don’t forget about the streamer potential….evidence below. Our guests experienced some stellar dry fly in the past week as well. Grey Reef is the place to be right now. But this won’t change, our clear cool water now will translate into cool clear water throughout the season.
JUNE: PMDs, caddis and Yellow Sallies. You want a little more consistent weather, check. Best location, check. Hardest working and most experienced guide staff, check. Most private access, check. Private boat ramps, check. Best cabins in the region, check. Lodge is the ultimate in location, solitude, service and food.
JULY: Warm, better opportunities for dry fly, far less river traffic
AUGUST: Eclipse, dry fly, streamers heating up, more mileage becoming available, warm, low pressure
SEPTEMBER: DRY FLY, college kids back in school, Wingshooting, Big Game
OCTOBER: warm and cool, guides choice for weather and fishing, more dry fly, streamers getting hot, waterfowl opens, Midges and baetis.
NOVEMBER: Trophy Time! Book a trophy trip if you are willing to put in the effort to make your 25″ plus trout a reality
Miracle Mile fly fishing is good with sloppy roads, the road conditions will improve dramatically in the next couple days with warm and breezy conditions. Nymph rigs with leeches and midges for 3000cfs have been the go to. More weight than length seems to be the MO.
Fremont Canyon is rocking. Light tippet, small buoyant bugs and drys…midges and baetis. Please stay clear of the redds.