Posted on April 9, 2012
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!
Yesterday was pretty windy from start to finish unfortunately. The ability and willingness to get out and wade fish in a number of protected areas makes the day much more enjoyable. Especially since the wade fishing has been every bit as good or better than fishing from the boat. April fools day tomorrow. If you want one more shot with the $350 trips call ASAP and we will honor that tomorrow. No joke!
The flush starts Monday and it presents some good opportunities so don’t discount fishing next week. We look forward to this as we will get small windows of pieces of water looking entirely different.
Fly fishing in Wyoming, fly fishing Grey Reef is borderline unfair. The past few days have been incredible. All of our guides and guests are spending a good portion of the day OUT of the boat. Private access affords us the privilege of wading the best runs at Grey Reef and it has been excellent. We have done a half dozen walk/wade trips in the past couple days and they have been very successful. Brad did 2 trips on Wednesday!
Small bugs like PALs, RS2s, Lazys, etc seem to be attracting the larger fish. Worms and leeches are slaying the 12-14″ class. Fishing a 5-6′ leader with 4x fluorocarbon and a pair of small midge patterns has been our favorite.
Regardless of our differing views on targeting spawners PLEASE do not walk through the redds. If you are not sure what I am talking about spend a few minutes to research and educate yourself a little bit about the spawning behaviors of trout.
Photo: Seth made a couple casts during lunch on Wednesday…whoops!
Our trips out the past couple days have been very productive. Brad did a walk wade on private property and they had excellent results with PALS, lazys, Rs2s and scud on light tippet. The wind was very calm until 2:30pm when it went from 5mph to 55mph in 30 seconds. Wicked wind! Rudy was out today with his guest Bryan and they did well fishing slower water with a longer rig and worms, lazys and foam wing RS2s. We have a bunch out tomorrow and suspect fishing will be fantastic.
The BuRec reissued the flushing flow order so it looks like it is a go. 4000cfs max starting next Monday. Bates Creek is a mess as is Bear and Bolton. The North Platte River is blown out below government Bridge
The Primer has been a popular choice and this looks to be a great year for it. Have one of our guides show you the ropes at Grey Reef for a 2 hour tutorial and a dozen bugs to get you started.
Photo: Dust storm from yesterday afternoon
Looks like we are going to get a little slap of reality for the next couple days. Forecast for today lists gusts into the 60mph+ range. Tomorrows gusts in the upper 40mph area.
Fishing was excellent yesterday and our guides and guests really enjoyed the wade fishing. It doesn’t get much better than it has been the past week. We have a busy week ahead.