Posted on March 14, 2012
*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.
Yesterday the boys had a great day. Fished very well and they were able to stay out of the mix of variable water conditions and the few boats that were out. We cancelled boats yesterday and today as a precaution but it seems that move wasn’t necessary. However, we still have a couple out for each of the next 4 days.
This week will be gorgeous weather and Thursday/Friday will be mid – upper 60s. Check the NPL Weather Station for the only Grey Reef weather report. Early next week we will be back to wintery conditions.
Know how to fish? Want to vastly decrease the Grey Reef learning curve? Call us to schedule (or walk in) a Grey Reef Primer. This service is for 2 anglers to learn how to approach fishing at Grey Reef. 2 hours of expert advice and a dozen flies is invaluable at the regular price of $160. Through the end of March the Primer is $125!
We tend to have an amazing half month in March…the other half speaks more to skiers and those who like to chip ice out of their guides. We are in a stretch of gorgeous weather right now. Check the NPL weather station for current conditions.
Yesterday we had good fishing although the water entering Grey Reef was still murky with 2 ft of visibility. As anybody who frequents Grey Reef knows 2 ft is PLENTY. Fishing was good and we hooked fish on midges, scuds, leeches and the champ was a mini Impaler (worm). Had some grabs and a couple hookups on a streamer (Goldie) as well. It was a busy day, but everybody was behaving themselves and playing nice.
Fly Shop Creek was chugging pretty good late yesterday and we became worried about another blowout but Brad said things are looking good this AM. We have a number of boats out today so hope conditions hold.
Wade fishing is excellent right now. Have you floated down the river and dreamed about hopping out and wading some of those awesome runs? Book a trip with the North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop and get access to the best and most private frontage on the river. Ask your guide to pull over and wade fish….
Weather is amazing. Warm and no wind, but expect some breeze by the end of the day ( Check the North Platte Lodge Weather Station). Water is looking pretty good and is very fishable. Fishing is very good to match. Fly Shop Creek burped some late yesterday but it didn’t screw up the river. A crazy AM in the shop so far. Folks are ready for fishing and this is the first big weekend.
The weekend is starting to shape up. Weather is going to be amazing. Check the conditions right now at the North Platte Lodge. If you click the summary tab upper right it will give the average wind speed. Currently is reads “Calm”!
Brad was fishing Grey Reef yesterday afternoon and it was on fire! Water still isn’t perfect but it is shaping up. We know that folks really wanted to be here this weekend and we scared them off with truth about the conditions, but it may be well worth getting here. Don’t give up yet. Stay tuned.
the water conditions at Grey Reef.
*UPDATE* This is the report from The Reef Fly Shop Report page.
GREY REEF-slightly cloudy but clearing.
Just went down to Grey Reef Dam to talk to Brad, who is the king of Grey Reef wadefishing. He was hooked up when I got there and hooked up as I was leaving. According to him the fishing at the Dam is insane right now! Pine squirrel leech, hot-head leech, san juan(purple) and an amber scud. As far as the water conditions are concerned…anything downstream of Lusby is out of the question, MUDDY. We are starting to see some minor runoff but it’s hard to say what’s going to happen. It’s more than likely going to get worse by the end of the day but the effect on the river is yet to be seen. We still have plenty of low elevation snow but the worst could be over for now. We will post another updated river conditions report this evening…stay tuned.
The weather is going to be spectacular this weekend, the fishing has and will continue to be spectacular. We just need Grey Reef Reservoir to clean herself up in time. I am optimistic.
Nymphing continues to be strong with scuds, midges, worms and leeches at Fremont Canyon, Miracle Mile and Grey Reef. Nice dry fly activity yesterday at Fremont. Swinging streamers at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile has been good although not nearly as productive nymphing.
*UPDATE* Grey Reef Reservoir is turning green up near The Reef Fly Shop (vast improvement over the red from yesterday). It still has a ways to go before it is clear. Alcova received less than an inch of snow last night and that is disappearing quickly with the beautiful day. We know a lot of folks are planning on a weekend assault of the reef so we will keep you up to date. We have availability on Saturday so give a shout if you want to book a guide.
Trent, Seth and I left Casper yesterday around noon on our way to Billings where we met with the Magic City Fly Fishers. What an impressive organization! They even have an after school program to teach kids fly tying and it is very popular. What a way to kindle the fire early?! Thanks to all the folks who attended it was a great turnout. We made it back to Casper at around 1:30AM as roads were not very fun on the way home. This AM we have several inches of snow on the ground but it is fading fast. Hope to get a water conditions update but as of yesterday the afterbay (Grey Reef Reservoir) was a mess as was the river. It *should* clear quickly. Hopefully, in time for a beautiful weekend of calm and mid 50s.
Be sure to check the current local weather conditions right at Grey Reef by clicking the North Platte Lodge Weather Station link under the “links” tab to the right.
Posted on March 5, 2012
We finally have the weather station up and running! This information is updated every few seconds and the equipment is high quality and appropriate for official weather information. We have located the sensors in the most exposed area so wind reports and UV data are very accurate.
3/4/2012 Last night the Fly Fishing Film Tour was a fun event. The theater was almost full except for the break neck seats. Some really good films! Seeing the full theater and the crowd in the lobby reassured me that Casper has so much to offer and there are many locals who see Casper’s potential. We know that the North Platte is an unbelievable fishery but many in the area don’t. Big thanks to the Movie Palaces for hosting! We are looking forward to next year already.
We have boats on the water today so will get a good report soon. Much of the river is open between Casper and Alcova right now. Although yesterday AM was really slushy below Government Bridge and Bates Creek was high and murky by the afternoon. The river will freeze again before the winter is over and we will have good opportunities to fish low but they will be fleeting. Take advantage while you can!
Weather station is operational although we still haven’t made contact with the interwebz. Hope to have that dialed in by tomorrow and have a fully functioning Grey Reef weather station available to everybody.