Posted on January 31, 2012
Grey Reef is fishing very well and our guides have been enjoying the solitude…like they do every year. This is one thing that sets our guides apart. They fish all year and at any opportunity. After thousands of days on the water they are still in love with Grey Reef and are able to appreciate every day.
This AM is calm. This time of year can yield excellent dry fly fishing WHEN conditions cooperate. Grey Reef’s prolific midge hatches lure a lot of fish to the surface. This is especially true at Fremont. Light weight emerger rigs are key during the peak of the hatch. Bugs a few inches under the surface will get the attention of the most aggressive feeders. Stick an emerger in the film or a dry on top and prepare to have a good time. You won’t be disappointed.
If you are in need of some fishing give us a call. We have guides available and they can show you all the things you normally don’t get to experience in this region. It isn’t all about dragging worms around on a dredging rig. Come and get it!
Big winds again last night but starting out pretty good this AM. Fishing is typical ho-hum good. Very little pressure and there have been some very aggressive eats the past couple days.
Streamers getting throttled during the big midge hatches. And a foam post RS2 is as effective as ever during these hatches. Fish tucked up into the ledges and eating suspended emergers during the peak of the hatch. Then they will drift back to the tailouts and soft edges to casually snack throughout the day.
We are so lucky to be where we are. The only inhabitants of one of the best tail water fisheries. Grey Reef is our playground. Fremont and the Mile require a huge investment in time…15 minutes to Fremont and 35 to the Mile. We are spoiled!
The BuRec will be pushing water over the spillway at Alcova starting Tuesday. Flows will remain at 500cfs. The diversion is so they can perform maintenance on the hydro unit. This will open up some good angling opportunities.
Yesterday was nice. Then the Chinook winds started late and it is ripping today. On the bright side it will be warm. Again, be very cautious on the road to Miracle Mile. Several inches of snow yesterday and wind today will only make that situation more difficult.
Instead stop at Grey Reef as the fishing has been very good. There are a couple good spots to hunker down and be able to fish with relative ease. Slow swinging The Reef Fly Shop’s Goldie or nymphing scuds, midges and worms/leeches. Ice still present on many parts of the river blow Lusby. And it was pretty slushy below Government Bridge yesterday.
This is a Trent Tatum shot of he and Brad (NPL guide and The Reef Fly Shop “Director of Relations”) fishing yesterday at Grey Reef.
We had a beautiful day today…calm and a new blanket of snow. Wyoming’s snow pack has recovered to 92% of average. It was at 75% just a week ago. Jackson and the southeast mountains have been getting snow daily. The road to Miracle Mile is drifted and in very poor condition. Even residents of the Dome Rock area staying in town due to roads so bad it wasn’t worth the risk to get home. Please call before heading out to the Mile.
We have had busy phones the past couple weeks. The lodge has some availability in April and October but the rest of the months are getting slim. Day trips are booking earlier than we have ever experienced as well. Big thanks to all who have supported us! Couldn’t do it without you. We will make your experience second to none. Accept no compromises.
We still have some great options for an April lodge trip. and availability for early May. This is arguably the most productive fishing of the season.
Fishing is strong on both a nymph rig and a slowly maneuvered streamer. Trick is to fish between windy or snowy days.
The past 10 days we have had very strong winds along the entire eastern slope. Colorado and Montana are getting it just as bad or worse than we are. We have had a couple calm days and significant snows in between gusts. Yesterday we were greeted to 4″ of new snow on the ground in Alcova. That translated to 12″ on our mountain and nearly 2′ in Southern Wyoming. That is great news for the North Platte River drainage.
Trent, Katherine and JJ all attended the Tom Harpstraith Memorial Youth Hunt in Torrington,WY Yesterday. Tom was a great guy and one of JJ best friends and mentors. He left us suddenly last year. His legacy will be remembered in a great event to get young folks into the field and experience bird hunting.
The past few days have been high winds along much of the eastern slope of the Rockies and into the Great Plains, we are no exception. Very strong weather systems dumping snow along the Pacific Northwest into Montana and giving Jackson a good licking. Needless to say , not a lot of fishing happening the past couple days.
One of the great benefits of this business is the opportunity to take a break from the phone, computer or shop with an hour or two of arguably the best fishing available. Especially in the dead of winter. It has been a very nice winter so far, but we are hoping it makes a turn for the worse.
Our snow pack is below average currently, but our water storage is still very strong. We are in great shape as far as water is concerned but every year of above average moisture equates to a couple more worry free when in a drought.
These winds give us a great opportunity to get the shop in order. We will be fully stocked far earlier than we ever have been. Our new shirts, hats and hoodies aren’t lasting very long. Looks like a reorder will be needed even before the February push.
We have been busy booking trips for next season but we still have some great options for a spring trip. Spring is arguably the best fishing on Grey Reef for numbers and average size. September is filling up fast but we have good availability in October as well. October may be the guides favorite time on the water. Great weather conditions and the allure of the big fish chasing streamers make a great experience. We offer one of the greatest cast and blast experiences available as well. The last 10 days of September is Sage Grouse season and our thousands of private acres in the best sage grouse habitat provide everything you need for lots of success. In fact, we expect to limit early and be on the river by noon. Call sooner than later. Spots are more limited than they were last year. Friday the 13th January 2012. We are expecting a warmup after our nice snow event 2 days ago. 4-6" at lower elevations and up to 16" on Casper Mountain. Grey Reef, Fremont and Miracle Mile are all fishing well with typical winter bugs….scuds, midges. leeches and worms. A slow swing with a streamer will also get some attention. Roads to Miracle Mile are snowy and drifted and may get pretty wet in the next day or two. Be careful.
Several days of unbelievable weather. Mid 50s and calm. We are expecting some snow and cooler conditions tomorrow. There is no ice on Grey Reef Reservoir or the upper several miles of the river. We have ordered the equipment to install a high quality weather station and it will be available to all online. Wind speed, wind direction, temperature, precipitation totals, humidity and barometer trends will be updated every few seconds and be available 24 hours a day…as our satellite internet connection allows. It is actually pretty darn reliable so we expect the weather will be as well. We will provide a link as soon as the station is operational.
We are stuck in a dry weather pattern. After record high temps a couple days ago things have cooled down. As the temps drop so do the wind speeds. Yesterday was calm as it is this AM.
Fishing at all venues has been very good. Miracle Mile has seen more than its fair share of traffic as a result of the article in American Angler. Not saying the fishing isn’t great but Grey Reef has been untouched for 2 months. Fremont has seen a fair amount of traffic as well.
Nymphing is most productive with midges, leeches, worms and scuds. BUT, don’t discount a slow swing with streamers as they will receive attention.
These are great opportunities to treat yourself to an inexpensive yet full-featured trip at Grey Reef or Miracle Mile. Great weather combined with exclusive private access, excellent guides, discounted and nobody on the river. What are you waiting for?