Posted on July 1, 2012
In more ways than one. Fishing is spectacular with drys, streamers and of course nymphs. The air is smokey from all the fires in the west. We often curse the wind but a little would be really nice right now. Push some smoke out of our area!
Huge sallie and PMD hatches reported by the guides yesterday. Not as many tricos but that would be fine to postpone that hatch a bit.
Have streamer, dry and nymph rigs ready! Lots of fish rising in the seams to caddis and sallies. PMD being eaten in a little softer water…in general.
Don’t stress about tough fishing conditions, get here and enjoy the bounty.
Things keep getting better!
Trico spinner fall is getting them on drys at Grey Reef. Golden Stones on the surface at Miracle Mile. Great nymphing at all venues. The streamer bites has been stellar at Grey Reef with some participants down low at the Mile. Carp…yep they are on it.
Also PMD spinner and dun surface activity if you get a little overcast. Caddis drys have been productive especially in the evening.
I’m not sure we have experienced this much diversity…ever? While many western freestones are becoming too warm and low the North Platte River below Seminoe is fishing extremely well and will continue that way. This includes Kortes, Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon, The Afterbay and Grey Reef.
Smokey and cool this AM. Our local forest fire combined with calm conditions has allowed the smoke to settle in. It is really nice to open the window and feel a little chilly! Temps dropping to around 90 will be much more comfortable.
Do you expect to fish all day when you book a trip? TRFS and NPL guides will have you on the water ALL day. Often we notice others making a 2:30-3:00pm departure and that will never be our program unless you request it.
Experienced guides make a huge difference this time of year. NPL and TRFS enjoy the largest and, by far, the most experienced guide staff in the region. Why compromise?
Private access? Sure, we have far more private access than any other outfitter in the region. The reality is that only 2 outfitters have meaningful private access. Enjoy many miles of access just for you and your guide. It makes a significant difference.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: NPL and TRFS need another good guide. This will be a part time position to start but will work into full time. You need to be available on short notice as we are receiving a lot of last minute bookings. These last minute booking will increase as other western rivers become low or dangerously warm due to widespread lack of snow last winter. Call Erik at (307)237-1182.
pic: One of 5 browns from a streamer trip a couple days ago. Notice the big Nomad net, we have 2 more in stock!
Fishing remains strong despite the hot weather. Official was 100* for Casper yesterday but the fishing never wavered. We were all streamers all day. Tried a variety of patterns and our old standby the olive Bergin Bugger and Goldie were the stars. Excellent streamer activity.
Lots of fish rising to caddis on the edges as well. Evening dry fly is also really productive.
Nymphing is tough to beat for numbers. Soft hackles and PMD patterns getting the job done.
We had a water temp of 62* just as we entered Casper. That is a great temp but eeking up with theses warm nights. The upper reaches are much cooler.
Flows are still 3500cfs at Grey Reef. 2000cfs at Miracle Mile. 1600cfs in Fremont.
Come loaded for bear! If you have multiple rods bring them. Be prepared for dry, streamer and nymphing!!
Hot day! 97* this afternoon. We had 9 guides out today and they were scattered from Miracle Mile to Robertson Rd.
Miracle Mile was busy but it fished well until the big wind came up in early afternoon. It was still productive but trying to get a drift was a lot tougher.
Grey Reef fished great in the AM and slowed to good status late afternoon. We also had calm conditions up until 1:30 when the wind puffed up and never relented.
I was with the Konopacks from NJ. They departed NJ several days ago on a 3 month tour fishing the west and visiting family. We were their first of many days of fishing to come. John had a brief window of fish rising to PMD spinners and capitalized as they say in the NFL. A rusty spinner lead by a small orange stimulator fell victim to a 17″ rainbow…then the sun popped out and it was over for the risers. Today we saw a mink, bald eagle, muskrat, deer, antelope, several types of hawks and other cool birds and we were graced by a family of skunks to end the day.
Posted on June 20, 2012
Damp and cool this AM. Hope that provides relief for our local forest fire which is zero% contained and grew to 2600acres by yesterday afternoon. We are expecting showers with calm conditions and highs in the low to mid 70s today. After the hot and windy of the past few this will be nice.
Grey Reef fished very well again yesterday. We had boats from Grey Reef Dam to Sechrist. All reported more baetis in the afternoon than any other hatch. Midges are huge and plentiful so don’t discount them. PMDs are present and the Sallies are here and there. Stu was with the Lacy group and they started on a streamer regiment around 10am and fished it for the remainer of the day. Lots of eats on Goldies and Bergin buggers! Not many landed however. It was busy enough that they stuck with it. 3500cfs and 54 degrees. That temp is spectacular for this time of year.
Miracle Mile is fishing very well also. Little bugs still getting the attention but they will respond to golden stone patterns, worms and leeches. The guys are doing some streamer fishing and doing pretty good. 2000cfs and 56 degrees down low.
Low snow pack and hot temps across the west will undoubtedly result in very low and very warm temps in many rivers. The upper North Platte is at 600cfs and dropping/warming. We don’t expect that to fish for more than a couple more weeks. Once again we are fortunate and expect stellar conditions throughout the season at Miracle Mile and the entire Grey Reef section. We provide a fall back solution that is second to none if your other destination experiences tough water conditions.
Pic: Big Hoopty boat net from Nomad. Carbon Fiber and durable. We should have a half dozen more by week’s end…most are already spoken for.
Flows remain consistent and the fishing is very productive.
Miracle Mile looks and is fishing excellent. Interestingly the resident trout are taking a serious shine to small bugs like foam post RS2s as opposed to golden stone fly patterns. But, stop into The Reef Fly Shop for a handful of our little unweighted Pat’s Rubberlegs.
Fremont Canyon will work you! These fish are hot, and once hooked be prepared for a struggle. Water is high so be careful where you step.
Grey Reef is old faithful. Often we forget just how good it is. Day in and day out hooking way more fish than should be allowed. Trent and Stu spend a few early AM hours scouring the banks with streamers and looky what happened.
Pic: Stu with a cuddly brown from yesterday AM
Beautiful past couple of days! Seeing lots more of the welcomed PMDs as well.
Grey Reef flows remain at 3500cfs and fishing very well with foam post rs2, CDC Cased PMD Emergers, Mercer’s Poxy Back, Soft hackle patterns including the Pulsating Emerger and Bird’s nest. Still plenty of midges and some baetis as well. Sallie and caddis have been sneaking around too. Water Boatmen? Damsels? Sure! Streamers? Yes!
Getting some great reviews from Dome Rock Reservoir. Fat cutthroats cruising the C-Baetis, damsels and caddis. Dry Fly!
Miracle Mile flows are steady at 2000cfs. Golden Stones on the move and welcomed greedily by the resident trout. However, they have been far more responsive to small bugs like the foam post RS2. Tough to keep ’em hooked with little, BARBLESS flies because they are hot and the current helps them a bunch.
Thinking maybe we should push for illegal barbs? Some of the fish are looking worked over. Our policy is barbless always! When you hook so many fish in a day it should be about proper technique and the fish should escape if things are done incorrectly. Your guide should instruct you on effective techniques. Snagging rigs with pinned eggs and 3 huge barbed Wicked Impalers..is this fly fishing? Vlad?
A couple more days of superb fishing. The Mile is fishing great as is the Reef. Rumor has it that Stu and Rick did a split float yesterday and the result was some big fish as that was their target. One that topped 25″ and one that measured in a t 24″. The smaller being taken on a streamer! Details will be published ASAP.
Our new unweighted Pat’s Rubberlegs was great at the Mile yesterday, although most fish were eating the little bugs.
Things are very quiet on the North Platte River. Low traffic makes a super enjoyable experience. Expect to fish longer days with the NPL/TRFS guides. We are getting off of the river while some of the others have already driven back to Casper and are sitting on the couch. Longer days, tons of private access, and the largest and most experienced full time Grey Reef and Miracle Mile guide staff there is.
Fishing is still red hot. Today we saw quite a few PMDs and only a couple baetis. We fished a PMD CDC Cased PMD Emerger and a foam post RS2 from start to finish today. 4.5′ of leader and a b shot or 2. This AM was stupid and afternoon was very good with fish concentrating in the riffles. We had 7 boats on Grey reef and 2 guides at Miracle Mile which fished extremely well. We have a new Pat’s Rubber Legs in the shop…size 12 and no weight…it was a crowd pleaser.
We have 9 boats out again tomorrow and hope for more great fishing conditions with weather to match. Congrats to the Sunday anglers as the wind was brutal but fishing was very good.