Posted on April 19, 2012
Mind boggling. Sight nymphing, dry fly and streamer all produced today. The nymphing has been unbelievable. Many guests who have been coming for many years are saying they have had their best trips ever. Number of fish being hooked is too many to post without being accused of lying, but it really is impressive. The numbers are not the main attraction as far as I’m concerned. It’s the style of fishing, the condition of the river and the ability to do so well OUT of the boat. I love fishing to fish eating bugs, I love to fish to suspended fish and I love wade fishing. Scrubbing worms and eggs over a redd is the last thing I want to be involved with and it isn’t remotely necessary. Break out the 5x and stay sub size 18 (no eggs) to really experience the Reef.
Carl Kilhoffer returned this spring to watch Sage Grouse on the lek and learn to fly fish. He brought a group last year for bird hunting. Sage Grouse on the lek are something else. I recorded some great video of a big lek yesterday, almost 40 birds with one background elk on Wyoming’s high plains with the snow covered mountains in the background. Pretty darn cool. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. Trent and Carl experienced and even bigger lek today.
Grey Reef is still at 500 cfs, Miracle Mile is at 2000 cfs with Fremont Canyon at 78 cfs. Miracle Mile is Fishing well with baetis and midges being the main hatch just like Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef. Use Pulsating Emergers, Big Bear Baetis, PALs, foam post RS2s, Killer Nymph etc. Light tippet and indicators that aren’t too bright would be best.
Photo: Eric Hollenbeck with one of his many streamer eating rainbows from a couple days ago.
The past few days have been amazing. Tremendous success on the nymph rigs…almost unfair. We have had some great dry fly opportunities, yesterday one of our biggest fish came from casting a bunny dun to rising fish…a 19.5″ rainbow. The streamer fishing was excellent during the past couple days of overcast and low pressure…a Goldie followed by a skinny leech sacked them up.
Our primary mode has been light nymph rigs as the fish are super suspended on baetis and midges. We never fished a fly larger than a size 18 yesterday. Our rig from start to finish was a red lazy and a big bear baetis dropper on a 4.5- 5.5″ leader and 5x Fluoro with a #4 shot. This rig worked in the many wade fishing spots that we took advantage of on our private access, in fast rips and slow tailouts and everything in between. 95% of our fish ate the baetis pattern. The river has changed quite a bit and it has made the wade fishing something else. I am almost giddy after many years of guiding here it feels so fresh and exciting.
Photo: This is view looking down into the Outhouse Hole that Trent took yesterday. This is a really cool shot. It can be viewed much larger on the North Platte Lodge facebook page…Like us!
Posted on April 14, 2012
Today was a great day. Lots of doubles and a big baetis hatch and some fish landed on drys. Overcast and variable conditions were the pattern of the day, but low wind and eager fish made it memorable. Sounded like the Schroeder group did well with some browns in the bag and the Sandler bunch had a great day…especially at the end. There was a flury of doubles and some big fish landed late. Good times.
Posted on April 13, 2012
More silly fishing! Fish on the surface at Grey Reef and Fremont Canyon. Several folks today said they were having a hard time catching bigger fish. We would suggest limiting your rig to one big fly with a small baetis or midge dropper. Worms, eggs and leeches will catch plenty but the larger fish seem to be more available on small bugs. Also start thinking about how visible your indicator and tippet is. White or black indicators and 4 and 5x tippet a good choice.
Trips out today had stellar fishing and it turned out to be a great weather day despite the early snow and rain.
Posted on April 11, 2012
Everybody enjoyed a warm and calm day yesterday. Miracle Mile continues to fish well. When things get a little tough replace the purple worms and Pat’s Rubber Legs or The Reef’s Inbred Stone with a crystal midge. UV Leeches, eggs and scuds also doing the trick at Miracle Mile.
Grey Reef fishing is nothing short of excellent. Impalers, eggs, leechas scuds, crystal midges, Medallion Midges, Foam Post RS2s, Barrs Emergers etc. If you feel like you need to fish the redds please do not walk through them. Remember the closure between the 2 cables through the month of April.
Fremont Canyon fishing very well and some dry fly activity to boost that situation.
Today is supposed to be close to 80*!
Photo: Uncle Scott and Mason grip-n-grin
This weekend was fun! Saturday our trips were successful but unfortunately the wind became a little pushy. The ability to hop out of the boat and wade can make a huge difference. Today we again have a wade only trip going out. We use the boat to access the runs but many anglers want to be out of the boat and doing it on their own. It is impossible to dissect a run from the boat. NPL and TRFS guides have been doing a lot of wade trips already this year.
Miracle Mile flows are 2000cfs and fishing well, Fremont flows are 78cfs and fishing very well with Grey Reef at 500cfs and fishing well. Nymph rigs will be primary at all venues but expect dry fly at Fremont. Yesterday in the early afternoon on Grey Reef the trout were pretty suspended. Rick came through a deep run and cleaned up with a short emerger rig after it was fished unsusuccessfully with a longer 7′ rig. Foam post RS2…
We were uncomfortable with shutting the shop down yesterday and apologize to those who found a dark building. We did enjoy some family time and all of us ended up on the river….go figure?
The river is in spectacular, superb, tremendous condition. Did that get my point across? After the flush and the past couple years of high water things are as good as I can imagine. Firm bottom where there used to be ankle deep sludge, gobs of fish and big midge hatches with baetis making a grand appearance. Fishable all the way into Casper!
Expect almost no wind and warm the next few days. Wednesday is scheduled to be 80*!
Nuking today! Here is a cool wind map of the US. You can zoom in to see more cities, get lat/long and wind speeds. http://hint.fm/wind/
Seth is on today and Alcova was absolutely beautiful this AM. At 10:30 you could here a moan in the distance and the wind went from 0 to 15 in a matter of seconds. Air temp also dropped by 10 degrees as quick. Oh well?
North Platte Lodge will have a new curb appearance in a week or so…we are excited and hope you like the change!
Oh, and the fishing is spectacular.
Fishing is excellent. Day 2 of the flush proved it with a great baetis hatch and fish eating on the surface AND great streamer activity. The upcoming forecast looks seasonable with stiff winds. The past couple days have been warm and calm and we will be back into that pattern by Easter it seems. I love baetis, I love streamers!
Photo: Adam, the newest addition to the NPL and TRFS family, upstaged.
Today is day 3 of the flush and the fishing never wavered. Even on Monday, when the river looked like tomato soup, the afternoon fished well. Yesterday the river was green but never really got brown until you were below Government Bridge. The surge hit the narrows around 9:30am and by 11:00AM the upper was back to low flows. Typically the high water is a little shocking, but after the last couple years of super high water 4000cfs seems about right. The low water kind of feels like when an acquaintance shaves their mustache/beard after sporting it for a long time…makes you look again.
Baetis!! Trent was out yesterday and I received and excited text about a substantial baetis hatch. The funnest fishing of the spring season is about to begin! Very suspended and very aggressive emerger eaters. I love spring baetis!
Wade fishing remains amazing and if you like to get out of the confines of the boat give a call. 307.237.1182
Photo: Rainbow posing on Tuesday
Grey Reef fishing has been nothing short of amazing. Miracle Mile fly fishing is very good as well. Seth was at Miracle Mile and the report was very positive. Nymphing stones, worms, leeches and midges all produced. Fremont Canyon fishing is also very good but the poor spawners are getting hammered. Please spend some time fishing the runs and leave the spawning beds alone.
Yesterday we were in flip flops and short sleeves, this AM snow is on the ground. It won’t last but it is shocking. The flush is on!