Grey Reef and Miracle Mile Fishing Conditions

Central Wyoming fly fishing is awesome. The guides are reporting excellent dry fly opportunities with the trico spinners in the AM and casting attractors with droppers to likely spots thoughout the day. Grey Reef trout are settling in for their dry fly infatuation which will continue through the end of the baetis hatch in late October. Yes, Grey Reef is in great shape with 2000cfs of cool, clear water and it is a dry fly fishery. Nymphing the runs has been very good and the streamer game is well worth doing. Basically, be prepared to use all available techniques. Miracle Mile is fishing well at the flows are at 1200cfs. It is a bit bit tannic which is the norm. Nymphing is solid with leeches, worms soft hackles and foam wings. Dry fly and streamer isn’t really their gig right now but never say never. Fremont canyon is also fishing well with cool caddis and trico fishing.

It is a great time to rent a boat as the flows are very conducive for fishing the banks with streamers and drys. The Reef Fly Shop has the biggest, newest and best fleet in the region…plus we are only 1 minute from the ramp at Grey Reef. Makes it pretty easy. We can do last minute rentals but you need a 2″ ball and 4 way flat plug to tow the trailer. See you on the ditch!

Bugs!

Quick recap of the guides fishing report from yesterday is that nymphing was very good all day and the number of rising fish in the AM was pretty crazy. 

Tricos and Lower Flows

Burec dropped Grey Reef flows to 2000cfs this AM and the fish and trico hatch is/are bonkers. So many fish on the surface right now it is maddening. Miracle Mile is at 1200cfs and has been bouncing all over. Despite that the fishing has been solid. 

Don’t expect to show up and hook 100 fish on unchanged nymph rigs like you might in the spring. Expect some amazing dry fly fishing with trico spinners early, hopper dropper midday and caddis at dark. Expect some crushing eats on streamers…Goldie is getting ’em juiced. Expect short nymp rigs to get them in the traditional trout water and pushy runs. Don’t expect a lot of eats in slow troughs right now.  The fishing is really fun during this time and excepting the Tricos early the afternoon has been the most productive. 

Our reservoirs are full making the carp fishing exceedingly good. Sight casting in shallow water to a wary opponent makes for an emphasis on stealth, good presentations and once hooked a test of your equipment and fortitude. 

Summer – Diversity ALL Day

evening float July 30 2016

Phones are down in Alcova! If you’ve been trying to call we can’t hear. Call 307……..

Grey Reef is fishing well and there are lots of things to tend to throughout the day. Don’t go with the common misnomer that it is too hot or the fish aren’t active during the warm part of the day. If you do, you are selling yourself short. The mornings have trico duns and midges. Keep light rigs suspended with foam winged bugs. Trico duns do not get anywhere near the attention of the spinner fall. Pods of fish will start slurping gobs of dead and dying bugs off of the surface between 8-10AM…sometimes longer. Mid to late AM and early afternoon focus on caddis water and show them meat like soft hackles, princes but keep a little foam wing on as a dropper. Lengthen your leader for the deep slots and get on the slightest twitch. Scuds nymphed near weed structures will work good as well. Fish will notice a dry dropper rig..trust me. Keep the rigs in the obvious edges even if you don’t see a riser. The guides are reporting some BIG critters plowing streamers on their evening floats. They are on ALL day long.

Miracle Mile is solid as well. Caddis stuff with leeches and worms. Fremont Canyon dry fly is great and the caddis are strong there. Ninja style fishing with suspended soft hackles in PITA spots are where you will tie into the best fish this time of year.

Gibson July 2016

This is Gibson and his first fish on a fly^.

Fishing is solid at Grey Reef. It is not red hot but consistent and willing to give up the goods to those who stay in the game. Lots of fish right where they are supposed to be so make sure to work with your guide as those seams and drops are one-time opportunities…odds are in your favor if you do. Grey Reef flows are 2500cfs and the river is clear. Some floating debris but not really an issue. Tricos are hatching good and the spinner fall is getting the trout looking up. These dry fly sessions will be the norm for most of the remainder of the season. Caddis are in the heavy water and fish are eating them on or near the surface in the evening. The North Platte Lodge and The Reef Fly Shop, Cottages and RV are positioned perfectly for evening dry fly events. Location? Check! When the fish pod up and decide to present a dry fly fishing at strange times of the day, get out of the boat and approach from downstream. Oh, but it is private land…chances are you will be drooling over a run that is on our exclusive private lease. By far, the most Private access? Check! Keep putting down pods of fish? The same old rig not doing the trick? A guide with a long history on Grey Reef makes all the difference when things are SEEMINGLY difficult. Most experienced crew on the ditch? Check! Speaking of rigs we have been having some great success on streamers of several varieties(Goldie)…mostly on the banks or structure.  Dry fly has been good in light riffles for tricos, a rusty spinner, bunny dun, para adams and yes even some bigger attractors will get the first couple eager fish out of the pod. Nymphing has been a 5-6′ rig with light tippet and a b shot(or thereabouts) freestone style nymphs like Princes and  Hare’s Ear on top with a foam wing RS2 dangling. Leaches and soft hackles are also great to lead with. We did well on an old fashioned Partridge and Yellow the other day.

Miracle Mile fishing has been up and down with the flows. The Mile is at 500cfs currently but has been going up to 1500cfs sporadically. The fish are there and eating but are in turmoil. Worms, leaches, half backs to lead and soft hackled caddis stuff as droppers. Of course, don’t discount crawdads, scuds, midges, Sallies and PMDs.

Fremont canyon is doing its typical thing and it is squarely in caddis mode. Fish do some weird things too eat caddis so mirror that and fish where it is weird and difficult…perseverance in this arena will be rewarded!

Big Horn River and Wind River in Thermopolis Wyoming. Fly fishing Thermopolis is great right now and there are few doing it. Middays are so-so but Am tricos and evening caddis are keeping their eyes tilted up. Streamers are getting them in the obvious spots and keep your nymph rig adjusted appropriately to deal with the Greasy Grass.

Grey Reef and Miracle Mile Fishing Guide Report

Grey Reef flows remain at 2500cfs and the river is in spectacular condition. Fish is good. There are fish in the slow and deep spots are well as the shallow and pushy runs. You need to be on your game as the opportunity is fleeting. In the fast water fishing shorter and heavyish and the eats are viscous. In the slow water fish a bit longer and heavier and get on the slightest wiggle. Grey Reef is not very buggy right now. We are seeing Tricos, caddis, a PMD and Sally here and there. Midges of course. Streamer fishing has been pretty good as well. Totally worth spending some time pounding the banks.

Miracle Mile flows are down to 500cfs and it is a touch of it’s traditional tannic tea color. Worms, leeches and soft hackles getting the job done nicely at the Mile.

We fully expect the hatches to blossom as we increase the water temp a few degrees. This should happen very soon as the air temp is in the mid 90s this week. Blanket hatches of tricks and the caddis should go crazy. Plus we are getting some good hopper eats as well…this will only improve!

Summer is Coming Alive on the North Platte River

Central Wyoming fly fishing report is a mixed bag the past several days. Grey Reef flows have been dropped to 2500cfs and looks AMAZING! Guide report is that the fishing is steady during the non buggy times and solid in and around the hatch. Caddis , Tricos, PMDs, Yellow Sallies and Midges. Miracle Mile is also at 2500cfs and fishing well start to finish…also clear and gaining on it’s standard tannic (tea colored) gig for summer. Fremont Canyon is it’s cute little self again and the caddis stuff is banging right now. The Big Horn River / Wind River guide report has some great dry fly opportunities and the flows are down to 1500cfs. The water is clear with standard suspended algae. Some good streamer fishing presented itself as well.

These flows are great for renting a drift boat or better yet hiring a guide to accelerate the Grey Reef, Big Horn and Miracle Mile learning curve. Our wing shooting operation has been getting a lot of attention and we are about tapped for Sage Grouse season in late September. The Big Horn Basin has a myriad of upland and waterfowl options. Coupled with a fishing trip makes the ultimate in sporting.

Help Wanted! Shop help, fly fishing guides and bird hinting guides. We are always on the prowl for solid, experienced help. Call 307.237.1182

Wyoming Fly Fishing

Rio Gordy June 2016

Central Wyoming Fly Fishing has been great on all fronts. Grey Reef guide fishing report is solid with nymphing and streamers being the go-to. Yellow Sallies, caddis, midges and PMDs are the bugs of choice but worms, crawdads and leeches are doing their duty. Grey reef river flows are 3000cfs. Great flows and the river is in good shape all the way through Casper, WY. Miracle Mile guide report is excellent. Miracle Mile river flows are 2500cfs. Caddis, Sallies, Golden Stones! PMDs and midges are the bugs, of course leeches and worms are the casual king ding-a-ling of the Mile. Fremont is fishing well and caddis must be your top consideration. The Big Horn River and Wind River (same ditch) have eased with the floating debris and the Yellow Sallies are still pulling them up to the surface.

 

Independence Celebration on Grey Reef

June 2016

Grey Reef and the Mile are rocking’! The Reef is flowing at 5000cfs and fishable through Casper, WY. Miracle Mile is flowing at 4000cfs and fishing well top to bottom.

Come for the 4th of July and book a cottage for 3 nights and a one day drift boat rental and receive the second full day boat rental for free. Alcova has a great fireworks show, the Sunset will have music and the fishing is awesome. Couple that will no crowds, beautiful accommodations, new drift boats and cold ice cream down the street and you have a recipe for the best July 4th ever. Did we mention the beach at Alcova reservoir 10 minutes away?

Grey Reef Outfitters

shit guy june 2016

Congrats Andy Parker! The big fish streak continues. Andy has landed a number of these big trout in his 15 year tenure as a guest at North Platte Lodge. Grey Reef is still flowing at 5000cfs and Miracle Mile flows are 4000cfs. Both venues fishing excellent. Mostly a nymphing game with leeches, rubber legs  and worms but the streamer bite is pretty darn solid. Some dry/dropper stuff happening as well. The fishing will continue to improve as we start experiencing summertime hatches and we are looking forward to the likely prospect of hopper fishing starting in the next few weeks.

The Big Horn River in Themopolis, WY is flowing at 4000cfs and is pretty full of floating debris. The Wind River in Wind River Canyon is not as messy but still suspended debris to contend with. There are some dry fly opportunities with Yellow Sallies.