Posted on March 3, 2017
Central Wyoming is experiencing a bout of high pressure so the fishing report is strewn with a bit of breezy…We will experience some pushy conditions over the next little while but with this will be a warming trend. The fishing at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile is chart topping. River conditions are great and the road conditions are improving to Miracle Mile. Grey Reef roads are a non issue. Fremont is fishing well and those roads are much improved. Thermopolis and the Big Horn is fishing well and the wind will be less of an issue and the congestion more of an issue.
Midge/scud rigs and midge/leech, worms and streamers (Goldie) are all very good options. A shortish nymph rig and a level streamer rig will be in the Grey Reef angler’s best interest. The flush can get our trout-buddies very elevated and suspended so dragging and dredging isn’t really the answer.
Spring flushing flows will begin the AM of the 6th of March and continue through the 15th. This is a great time to fish as some cool opportunities present themselves, these opportunities are only available during the flush. The first couple days *might* be murky but be careful to not associate murky water with unfishable as that is never really the case. The Reef Fly Shop will be open to answer questions and get you geared up. The RV park is available and there are some cottages available. The guide staff will have some gaps and our $600 for 2 anglers one day guided FULL ACCESS plus 2 nights in our cottages (is a smoking deal) will be available until mid month. FULL ACCESS means many miles of private access and 3 private boat ramps on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River. The quantity of private access we secure for our guests is in a league of its own.
Here is the pulpit speech regarding the spawn and snagging. Please, please, please understand what the spawning beds(redds) look like and do not walk through them. Please, please, please refrain from targeting or “sight” fishing to trout in shallow gravel areas. The pressure and fishing tactics employed in recent years are detrimental to the sustainability of the resource. We need reproduction and hopefully we will have a big water year as these events are the best scenario for recruitment. The snagging – pegged egg – pegged bead rigs are responsible for much of the added pressure to the fish and their condition is clear evidence of this tactic. Your bead MUST be placed within 2 inches of the eye of the fly…not hook…fly. A bare hook is an absolute no-go. Please use small hook and pinch the barb. It is still a Wyoming state statute that snagging fish is illegal. The Wyoming Game and Fish have caved on this issue and we have some work to do to really assess the cost/benefit. Pinching the barb on all of your devices is a cool thing to do and future years of Grey Reef enjoyment will reward that practice.
Grey Reef is accessible, calm and relatively warm today. Fishing is on! The roads are back in shape and midges are popping. The best kind of day for dramatic winter scenes without the associated suffering. Come and get it! Fremont is in play but Miracle Mile report says the road isn’t worth the risk. Grey Reef it is.
Posted on February 23, 2017
Central Wyoming anglers are posted up tying bugs this AM…nobody is on the ditch. We are in the midst of a pretty significant winter storm with many inches and blowing snow. I25 and Wyoming State Highway 220 are currently open an so are we at The Reef Fly Shop. Take caution and avoid any attempt to get to Miracle Mile. Fremont Canyon is also best to leave alone during these events as there is no cell service and the roads are not a plowing priority. You might be there for a while if you get stuck. Casper is blustery the same as Alcova. The benefit to this? More water for our scaled buddies! We will take all the water we can get. Don’t be concerned for high water conditions as the fish like water. Bigger the better!
Spring flush will commence March 6 and continue through the 15th…ice and weather permitting. The flush makes some very cool spots available and this only happens during the flush.
Wyoming Fly Fishing is rocking in the middle portion of the state. Grey Reef, Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon are all ripe. Grey Reef is clear and fishing very well on the upper reaches nearest Alcova, The Reef Fly Shop and North Platte Lodge. It has been warm so drainages are coloring up the North Platte River around Lusby. Rig up a streamer and slow retrieve or a mid-weight nymph rig with midge, leech and scuds…The Rusty Scud. Fremont is good top to bottom and little bugs (like a Brassie or PAL) on light nymph rigs are the go-to. Miracle Mile isn’t red hot but the trout are slabs and they are happy with a stripped streamer. Today is warmish, overcast and calm…we are expecting winter weather very soon. We are expecting that Miracle Mile fishing will be out of contention while the roads recover…will report on that as we learn the conditions. Grey Reef will plow right through it and fishing will remain awesome.
Our friends on the Popo Angie and the Big Horn are dealing with flooding due to rapid snowmelt. We hope them the best. In the meantime upper Grey Reef is ticking on all cylinders. If you get too far down you will be in the mud but staying up high is a solid bet. Fremont Camton and Miracle Mile shouldn’t be overlooked either. It appears The Reef Fly Shop will be race headquarters for the Reef to Mile Gravel Grinder and Run. The bike race will be from the shop to the bridge at Miracle Mile and back(60ish mile)s. The run will be out to Black Beach with some single track road and gravel(8-10ish miles). Sat May 6th is the date. Great way to get all your activities lumped and at a cool venue. There will be after festivities at the shop. Fish, ride, run and celebrate!
Water conditions are still good at the upper reaches of Grey Reef but the drainages are running pretty hard with out 50* day. It is muddy by Ledge Creek. The after bay is looking good although Fly Shop Creek is running. The Miracle Mile is fishing great and still in good shape. The shop is open all weekend and we have anglers at the cottages with one of them still available. Don’t forget our early season special of $375 day trips, $500 day trip and one night or $600 2 night and one day. Some cool stuff in the works on Grey Reef Rd. I’m really excited and we are confident it’ll make your experience even better.
Posted on January 25, 2017
Central Wyoming was walloped with snow again. Our snow pack is going to make the fishing amazing for 2017. Grey Reef has open water up top and is fishing well with a slow stripped streamer or midge/scud nymph rig. Miracle Mile is better left alone for a couple days so the roads can stabilize but the fishing has been solid. Again a slow stripped streamer or shorts nymph rig has been the got to. Fremont is solid with nymph rigs and even midge drys during calm moments. The Big Horn is fishing well again the streamer, nymph rig and dry fly opportunities exist.
We are offering our early season rates through March 14. Full day guided fishing with ALL private access plus lodging. The fishing doesn’t suffer during these times. In fact, it is often some of the best fishing of the year. Lots of folks aren’t thinking fishing in the winter months…but they should! We are still holding some eclipse dates, so give a shout if you all about a once in a lifetime experience. Lodge spots are booking but we still have a few full lodge options (for up to 12 guests) during the season.
Some exciting new stuff about to go down in A town…Alcova! We think there needs to be some additional benefits to the visitors of our little village. We are excited, anyway!
Casper, Wyoming is warm and windy today. Lots of snow melting happening. The city has been a jumble of tall wind rows and drifts. Alcova has been spared the bigger snow fall totals but it is nice to have a thaw a couple times a winter. Our wind brings full winter weather conditions to the western portion of the state…Jackson is in the midst of a BIG snowfall event. Nymphing and slow stripping are the go-to modes of success on Grey Reef. Reasonable midge patterns, scuds, leeches etc. If you want to see a pretty impressive selection of midges follow Pat Dorsey on Instagram or Facebook. His fly boxes are a spectacle. Bugs are the name of the “fly fishing” game. He will also be hanging out at the International Sportsman’s Expo in the Denver Convention Center as will we. Come see us in booth 624C. Don’t tell anybody but we will have some cool stuff there. Eclipse 2017 packages, early season packages etc. If you are interested in employment in the fly fishing industry swing by and introduce yourself and drop a resume with us.
Wow! Central Wyoming is cold this morning. Fishing has been very good when we have been out, but the cold conditions have helped the water fowl hunting a bunch. It is midge, scud and leech season. Midges are available to the trout from bottom of the river to the surface. Play life cycles with your patterns. When the hatch is strong the active fish will push into the faster water at the head of the run but there will always be the energy conserving bunch on the edges and tail outs. Much of the North Platte River is locked up with flow ice but there is open water at Grey Reef. Eric has been in the shop several days a week as well. Miracle Mile is fishing pretty well but be very conscious of road conditions. Fremont Canyon has been spotty but little bug rigs have been the best.
Come see us at the Denver International Sportsman’s Expo next week. We’ll be hanging around at a booth in the fishing section. Cool new stickers and show specials for lodging and trips will be available there as well. Tons of inquiries for fishing and lodging during the 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE. This is a big event and Casper, WY is the place to be…actually with us is the place to be. You will experience totality while on the boat and have none of the pesky street lights or crowds to interfere with the best viewing possible. Casper has a little longer totality but we have the river, fish and the darkness of rurality.
Fishing in Central Wyoming was a bit rowdy early this week but our resident trout didn’t mind so much. Wednesday morning Alcova awoke to zero wind and a placid and inviting North Platte River. Zero anglers, excepting our 2 guests along with NPL and TRFS guide Rick. They opted to float and the fishing was awesome. Short nymph rigs with leach/midge combo was the daily double. They were prepared for some arctic boating activities and since the ice was too much to chop they turned drift boat into sleigh for a hundred meters. That adds a pretty cool element to the adventure.
Early season discounted trips and cottage stays have been getting a fair amount of traction already. NPL options are still pretty good so give a shout!
Eric is in The Reef Fly Shop right now for last minute gifts. Hats have been sent all over the country and gift cert and trip bookings have been popular gifts. A dozen bugs would make an excellent stocking stuffer…
Most importantly, get outside over the holiday. Groomed Nordic Ski, Alpine ski, snowmobile and single track trails, ice skating, hike up Fremont Canyon, snowball fight, sledding at the sledding hill and stop at Trailside Lodge for a meal afterward, ice fishing and Grey Reef for the best-in-class fly fishing in Wyoming.