Posted on February 12, 2017
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.
41 different Grey Reef float configuration this year. Sounds impossible right? This is just one of the reasons to fish with the pros at The Reef Fly Shop and North Platte Lodge. They make certain your trip is about solitude and the max experience. It would be a lot cheaper and far less time consuming for us to limit our options to the easy public opportunities. But we maintain very large leases and private boat ramps that are an incredible advantage for the guest and guide experience.
Conditions have been arctic! Central Wyoming was a hot topic yesterday with the national news casts. We had a stint at more than (or is it less than?) 30 below zero. Today we are at 30 above. It gets a little western around here sometimes. This is the time to do your homework about your 2017 trips, browse some gear and maybe tie a few flies. Our crew has their duck hunting waders and bags of decoys waiting outside the guide room for whatever the conditions dictate. Time to call in a few ducks or stick a few fish on streamers between sessions of chipping ice out of the guides…winter is magical.
Here’s to hoping everybody had a fat Thanksgiving…in one way or another! Central Wyoming Fly Fishing has been excellent and we are abruptly pushed into the “winter” session here at Grey Reef and Miracle Mile. Miracle Mile fishing is good but what a junk show! The fishing doesn’t justify the crowding out there. Grey Reef is on fire and nobody fishing here. Miracle Mile is fishing with egg/midge rigs and Grey Reef on streamers, midges, leeched, scuds and crawdads. The river is open and fishing top to bottom and the eater conditions are amazing.
Many of our 2017 conformations have been sent. If you didn’t receive a deposit request, call soon! We had a few spots of unobtanium and several are already spoken for in just the past couple days. We are busy designing buildings, altering configuration, applying for permits, and looking for quality folks to add to the team. Do you qualify? We do require a resume and references but you do not necessarily need guiding experience. Give a call.
FISH the Eclipse! There will no better place to see the solar eclipse of 2017 than from the boat while drifting down Grey Reef. Sure the communities will have events but this should be a quiet and dark experience…the street lights of town will come on during totality. We have 4 night/3 day spots available at the lodge and the cottages, RV spots will be 4 night blocks. Casper, WY is regarded as THE place to be due to the duration of totality combined with our high probability of clear skies. There is a reason NASA is basing in Casper for the event. Most of the rooms and RV sites in the area are sold out and we have not yet booked our spots. This is the perfect opportunity for 12 guests to have the experience of a lifetime right at the North Platte Lodge. This Casper eclipse package for private accommodations and great meals with spectacular fishing won’t last.
Check the forecast…wow, yes! Check the fishing report…dang-streamers, drys and nymphing, clear water, yes! Check guide availability, lodging, camping…if you can fudge a day or two either way, yes! Rental boats available, yes! Check some great new and traditional dining/drinking opportunities in Casper, yes! It is YES-vember
Wyoming can be a bit of a turd sometimes. If little details like vegetation or wind are deal breakers then we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Fortunately, Wyoming also breeds resilient and resourceful individuals. That is the epitome of our guide staff. They get the job done regardless of the little knuckle balls thrown. Lots of folks might tuck tail and run to easier venues…that almost always comes with a price that the guest has to pay. Our crew bear that burden…not you. Think about that next time you are shopping. If you want cheap we will have amazing deals starting mid November and continuing through Mid March.