Posted on May 25, 2012
Grey Reef flows were bumped to 3650cfs
Miracle Mile flows 2000cfs
Funny thing is we are only receiving 1600cfs from the upper North Platte and we have had 1.25″ of moisture in the last week. I assume Nebraska got some of that rain? Glendo is running at 4100cfs. Every time they bump the flows buys us more time in the event of a hot dry summer.
More awesome fishing and a little tougher weather conditions. Cool and rainy today but that won’t hurt the fishing. In fact, it will prolong ideal conditions. We will take all the cool and wet we can get right now…to a point, ha!
Grey Reef flows 3400cfs 51degrees
Miracle Mile flows 2000cfs and 53 degrees
Fremont Canyon flows 1650cfs 51 degrees
Hatches: Baetis, caddis and midges, with PMDs showing themselves in small numbers. Expect PMDs and Yellow Sallies to dominate the hatch in the near future.
Kramer group just left and several more are arriving throughout the weekend. Bill Kramer has been putting groups together for many years and we can’t thank him enough for that!
The guides are very excited about the season so far and the prospects ahead. Fishing has been good at all venues and they have been making the most of it. Heavy river traffic days don’t seem that way with NPL and TRFS. Why? We go the extra mile to keep you out of the boat clusters. Don’t expect to be in a floatilla of random boats when fishing with us…we won’t do it. We don’t want to fish that way personally and don’t expect that it is okay to force our guests into those claustrophobic situations.
The Casper Star-Tribune had an article about the early emergence of grasshoppers this year. With the dry conditions we have had there will less food for them so will be even more competition. Granted we don’t have the numbers we had in 2010 but that may not matter if there are large concentrations in the high quality food available in the riparian zones adjacent to the river?? I am optimistic.
Photo: Al Haas at 89 years old and 70 years of fly fishing. The Haas and Chauvel group had come in 2006 and Al wanted to return to the best fishing he had ever had. Thanks Steve, Mike, Ron and Al!
Bear Trap Summer Music Festival, the 18th annual, will feature the Marshall Tucker Band on August 4th and Steve Earl on August 5th among many other talented bluegrass bands. Always a good time and cool venue atop Casper Mountain in Bear Trap Meadow. Come for awesome fishing and music!!
Congrats!! Dan Hall of the Denver area and a long time guest of The Reef Fly Shop on rainbow measuring just a touch over 25″ today. His guide Rick was netman. Well done both of you. Dan was really excited about that fish and the plethora of others he made contact with over his group’s 2 days of fishing. He commented that with his luck he should head to Las Vegas.
Wow! What a day…
We had trips out today from Fremont Canyon to Sechrist and all experienced the best of the North Platte River. I heard the fishing was almost “criminal” and “stupid” among others. Little bugs dominating, just the way we like it. Foam Post RS2s, All Day Mays, WD40s or whatever reasonable midge/baetis/PMD you had. I fished 5.5′ and a b shot from start to finish and on 2 different sections of river today. The boat ramp at Grey Reef was a cluster this AM and the rush hour boat traffic would make you wonder if this was an outdoor experience or a social event? Our guides are creative in these situation and tailored their guest’s day to minimize visibility of other boats and make it a solitary event. We saw 4 boats all day and never floated below Government Bridge. That is the North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop difference.
Silly fishing today! Lots of traffic and all of our guests came back excited. Bugs of note were All Day Mays and Foam Post RS2s. Lazy Midges were also productive. Big volatile storms this afternoon put many a rower in pain. Big winds, coupled with heavy downpours and wicked lighting made things interesting. River is in fine condition to the narrows and pretty dirty in Casper. One huge rainbow on for several minutes today with Steve and Al Haas of California. It was a heartbreaker…bummer!
Tomorrow will be much cooler and chances of moisture again. The Trappers Route Rd is not a good idea to bank on if there is significant moisture in the forecast. That road turn to grease with a little water. Neglected bugs include cased caddis and midges. Other bugs of note are the upcoming PMDs and Yellow Sallies. The nymphs are showing up with some regularity in samples.
Grey Reef Flows 3300cfs
Miracle Mile Flows 2000cfs
Fremont Canyon Flows 1650cfs
Guides and guests come back shaking their heads…speechless. It has been a great spring. Still baetis up high but dwindling on the lower reaches. Streamer bite has been good! A couple trophy class fish were moved yesterday but didn’t commit. Plenty of our Grey Reef sized trout did however. Looks like this weekend is going to be busy!