Posted on May 18, 2017
Central Wyoming is fishing well. Central Wyoming is not immune to the widespread spring weather event. Casper started soaking up some drizzle a couple hours ago and Casper Mountain is receiving snow at above 7000′. Alcova, Wyoming has not really been too wet yet and The Reef Fly Shop has several boats on the water today. Grey Reef water conditions are very good. The North Platte River was very clear all the water through Casper yesterday. We suspect that will change a bit over the coming day. All in all temps will only be in the mid 40s…not a big deal, we may see some snow…so what. This is a recipe for a bumper hatch of baetis! Miracle Mile road conditions will suck for the next day or two. Our recommendation is enjoy a very quiet Grey Reef. There were exactly ZERO anglers or campers at the boat ramp and upper public areas yesterday. One of the premier tail waters and nobody fishing it. Rigs to follow will be pretty close for both Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef fishing success. Worms and leaches are good point options but foam wing rs2, PAL, Mayhem Midge, Pulsating Emerger and even wd40 will be a good choice on light tippet. Look for fish moving hard and suspended off of drops. This is quintessential Grey Reef Emerger fishing and some of the best production anywhere.
The Reef Fly Shop has a solid selection of fishing gloves and on days like this that can make or break your experience. Even though the weather at Grey Reef is very nice right now it won’t hurt to be prepared.
North Platte Lodge has some great packages available for the summer. The new deck is a big hit and frames the upper Grey Reef landscape beautifully. We are the perfect option for groups of anglers to have a private lodge experience with an unmatched location, amazing fishing and views, private access to make Ted Turner jealous and a guide staff that is nothing short of industry leading. The meals, hosts and trout leave nothing to be desired. Seriously, The North Platte Lodge and Grey Reef do not suffer from run off, so if you are waiting and watching for other drainages to be ready you may have missed most of the season. Casper, WY has exactly the experience you are looking for, only better. You may be surprised at the size of the trout, you may be surprised at the value or quality of experience but don’t be surprised that we are right here and always striving to bolster the overall package for the Grey Reef angler for nearly 2 decades.
Casper is having some cool events this week. Tonight Urban Bottle is hosting an Entrepreneur Talk and dishing out craft beer form Upslope Brewing to celebrate Craft Beer Week, tomorrow swing into the Parkway Plaza and listen to Georgia Gould speak about her profession mountain bike career and Olympic medal. That will send us into Saturday with the Rattlesnake Rally Gravel Grinder bike race on the historic Oregon Trail, or cruise the North Platte River Pathway to help the Parkway Trust spruce up the join in anticipation of a busy summer 2017 on one of our urban recreation gems. Then get to Mike Lansing Field for Harmony, Hops and Hope. This is a craft beer celebration with lots of offerings and great music. This charitable event benefits Casper Youth Baseball and Central Wyoming Trails Alliance a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association. This is just a sampling and you can get the nitty gritty at www.visitcasper.com and subscribe to the Casper Compass for weekly updates of local events.