Posted on May 4, 2017
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.
Grey Reef Wyoming guide report is very good nymphing with worms, leach and midge patterns like the PAL, Mahem and All Day May. The river is clear and still at 2000cfs. Fremont is fishing well and some baetis dry fly opportunities prese ring themselves. Flows are still a cute 75 CFS so if you like the little fishery is is served up nicely…I would expect we might get a bump there soon. Miracle Mile is clear and 3000cfs fishing is good using nymph rigs with leeches, midges and worms. We’ve had several hardcore streamer anglers the past several days and they have done well however it was not all day. By 2pm the bite went soft.
Check the new deck at the lodge…it is awesome!
Central Wyoming fly fishing is very good across the board. Grey Reef is fishing excellent and the water is in pristine condition at 2000 cfs. This will increase and will have ZERO negative impact on the fishing. It seems counter intuitive to many Grey Reef angler but the more the merrier at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. We are well aware that many folks are trying to find a place to fish outside of muddy and huge water situations and we can say that if you want the most productive option…it is right here in Alcova and Casper, Wyoming.
*UPDATE* we just had a cottage become available for the eves of April 22 and 23. Lodge availability May 4-7!! Also a couple rooms available over Memorial Day Weekend.
Current state of our “blowout” below
Central Wyoming experienced a day of variable weather yesterday with snow, wind and rain. The Casper region will see very nice conditions for the remainder of the week. Flows are increasing and that is welcomed! Fishing does not suffer,in the least, with increases water. Redds will have better protection, the river will clean itself quickly after a spring storms adds some murk etc. We have a fleet of great boats to rent right at The Reef fly Shop as you enter Grey Reef Rd…the ramp is only a 1/4 mile away! Bugs like PAL, and Mayhem’s have been good with a leech or worm lead. Grey Reef is fishing very well. The Mile has been bumped also…check the flow charts below. Fishing is currently fair at the Mile. Leaches, worms, midges and scuds.
Water fowl and Upland Bird hunting in Casper, Wyoming. Sage Grouse season is the last ten days of September. This hunt is limited and very productive. Hungarian Partridge and Chukar does not open until the beginning of October. If you are being sold a hunt in September it is a preserve hunt. Early season waterfowl begins the first weekend of October. All great opportunities and we are currently adding more hunting options and will keep you in the loop.
Construction on Grey Reef Rd, expect some work in the area. We suspect you will enjoy the result!