Posted on March 25, 2012
More incredible conditions and the fishing is as good as it gets. Stu and his guests Rick spent the entire day out of the boat. Wade fishing was excellent. He mentioned they fished super suspended all day with a leech and a PAL and caught fish at will. 3′ (at times 2′) right down the middle of the runs, tailouts, edges and seams…wherever. Rick and Rudy also had excellent fishing…what more can I say?
Took a walk with my son around the trails at the Cable (Redds Access) and there was bait fishing going on and folks camped on the redds. Bait is disallowed on the upper 8 miles until you get to Lusby FYI. The game warden mentioned that he wrote lots of tickets in the area yesterday.
Photo: My son and I spent the afternoon doing some spring cleaning along Grey Reef Road. Here is the prize.
Fishing is off the charts. Pretty silly all things considered. Amazing weather conditions, clear water and aggressive trout. More groups out today and we expect things to be…ho hum…fantastic.
Fremont had some fun dry fly opportunities the past couple days!
Our Miracle Mile guides reporting great nymphing on eggs, purple worms and TRFS Inbred Stone. Not great streamer action but good enough to stick it out.
Grey Reef silly nymphing on just about any reasonable bug you choose. Midges, leeches, scuds and worms are the hottest but baetis nymphs picking up speed. Stu and his guest Rick spent a few hours swinging spey rods and managed a few fish on the swing. Fish in some unusual spots the past couple days…
Rainbow Spawning Season Please stay out of the redds and refrain from pounding the tar out of the poor fish just trying to take care of business. There are always legit fish in the feeding lanes. Test your skill on fish who are actually eating please!!
Photo:Guides Rick and Stu yesterday AM on a backcountry ski jaunt. Great spring turns on Casper Mountain! Stu was on the river by 2PM after this shot. Rick guided the day before and is on the river again today.
Rick and Seth report “silly” fishing yesterday with amazing weather conditions. Tuffy Holland crushed his one day record yesterday! 5 1/2 to 7′ leaders with a single b shot and Impalers, leeches, PALs and foam post RS2s. Clear water and they only saw one boat all day. Great to have private boat ramps where they count. This time of year has some of the best fishing there is. Miracle Mile has been excellent as well. Orange beaded mohair or pine squirrel leech, purple worms and dark flashback WD40s. Small red brassie or The Reef’s Lazy Midge at Fremont. Don’t go up to Fremont without a few drys handy!
Seth from a couple days ago^^
Beautiful day!! Water is in good shape, warm and calm….wow! Miracle Mile fishing great, Fremont Canyon fishing great and may have some risers today, Grey Reef fishing great. Mostly a nymphing game with some streamer activity on a slow swing/retrieve. The Reef’s Goldie a good streamer choice. Worms, leeches, scuds and midge patterns. Baetis nymphs shouldn’t be overlooked. The next week is forecast to be in the 70s. Get it while you can cause it won’t last…more than likely. Call for early season trips until March 31.
Had to post this pic^^. Trent, Seth and I as employees with Bret the boss in 2004. Trent and I are now the owners and Seth is head Guide. Seth and Trent heading into their 12th season and I into my 14th season at the North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop. 38 years just between the 3 of us…jeez.
Miracle was bumped to 2000cfs this AM. Good! Little more water will make it much more interesting. Must be something cooking. Will we see increased flows at Grey Reef or just adding water for the flush or??
We have guides at Miracle Mile today and will report soon. Beautiful day, so far, at Grey Reef. Expect highs in the 70s this weekend! We have some boats available so call for a trip. Primer Trips are the best way to familiarize yourself with Grey Reef wade fishing. This will be a great weekend to be here!
Water at Grey Reef is still improving. It is very fishable and fishing well the way it is. 500 cfs at the Reef, 1000cfs at the Mile and 72 cfs at Fremont. Look for risers *if calm* at Fremont Canyon. Please pinch barbs as those fish are getting a little worked. Little bugs in the feed bag at Grey Reef and the Mile is best with worms and leeches. If they turn off go small!
Windy day today!
Grey Reef has recovered and the water is in pretty good shape. Below Government Bridge is blown out. Today is windy and chilly. This AM we had gusts into the 40s and sustained in the mid 20s. Water was being ripped from the afterbay. It has slowed down a bit by midday. Click on the NPL Weather Station Icon to the right and get current conditions. The North Platte River fishes well 365 days a year and we want you to have a great experience from top to bottom. We do know, however, that you are here to fish and we will make that happen regardless of the conditions if you choose.
Another pic of Bill
Grey Reef has recovered significantly. It is still murky but very fishable. Yesterday afternoon anglers did very well at Grey Reef Dam. Miracle Mile fishing very well as is Fremont Canyon. Hope that Eagle Creek will quit drooling, permanently!
Bill flew in early this week from Arizona. Here is a picture one of his many Grey Reef sized fish from the week.
“I had a fabulous time and caught a ton of fish. Thanks again for getting me in.”
Grey Reef is blown out. We’ll keep you up to speed on the progress.
Fishing was excellent yesterday if you were out in front of the surge. Seth and Bill tired of catching fish so left Grey Reef early in the day looking for a more challenging option. Fremont treated them well also.
With Eagle Creek doing the damage it has a couple times this past week it begs the question “when will the flushing flows start?” Eagle Creek has very fine sediment and it infiltrates every nook and crannie on the river bed. A flush would be nice to push that sediment toward Nebraska. Here is an article that appeared in the local paper this AM. Flushing Flows. We are not confident there will actually be a flushing flow.
Here is a picture from one of our trips a couple days ago.
*UPDATE* 12:30pm Eagle Creek is making a mess of Grey Reef Reservoir and the North Platte River. Seth reported fishing is great in the small window of clear water this AM however. He and his guest Bill are ahead of the surge. Bolton and Bear Creek are both pumping quite a bit of mud in above Government Bridge so the river is blown out below them as well. I can’t imagine Grey Reef will be worth fishing tomorrow but will cross our fingers for the following day.
Yesterday fished well and we had several boats on the water. Unfortunately it became very windy by late morning. At one point I checked the NPL Weather Station and there was a gust of 45mph. The boys said all went well and due to our private access were able to make a very good day. The ability to anchor and beach is imperative on days like that. Landing a fish, without anchoring or beaching, means you release your oars and the wind can make you accelerate dangerously. Also hopping out of the boat and enjoying wading in productive and protected areas is a pleasure you won’t enjoy with others. Access opens up many opportunities that are not available to most outfitters. It can make the difference between a productive day on the water or a miserable & dangerous experience. Careful though, some will claim private access without it.
5 1/2 feet of leader with an orange beaded mohair leech, tan or amber scud, PAL, mini Impaler with a b shot or 2 kept them in the fish. Water conditions are still a little off due to our warm and windy weather disintegrating the low elevation snow. This week will do wonders to eliminate a bunch of that and clear the way for better conditions in April. Don’t expect a flush this year and expect to enjoy low water conditions in April IF the snow pack doesn’t dramatically increase. 700 cfs looks to be current average estimate for next month. What does that mean? Great wade fishing! Sight nymphing with baetis emergers! Dry fly potential increases significantly! But also a little more congested conditions. This could prove to be an exciting spring.