Last Update: 8/26/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 1503 cfs at Grey Reef, 520 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report: Summer is treating us well on the North Platte tailwaters and we are seeing some great fishing on both the Reef and the Mile. If you're headed up, make sure you bring the tricos and hoppers. There is still some aquatic vegetation growth floating around and we won't see that start to disappear until the colder weather sets in for good. But don't let this deter you from heading north. Fast water always holds fish this time of year. The classic Reef holes and buckets will always produce, as long as you can keep those rigs down deep. The tricos are out in force right now and you can expect to run into some decent dry fly fishing in certain windows throughout the day so be prepared for anything, including hopper eaters near the bank.
Standard Reef fair is working well: annelids, worms, small mayflies, caddis, and of course streamers. Nymphing 9ft 3x leaders will get you down to where your flies need to be and having a few spools of 3x and 4x fluorocarbon will set you up just right for success. Don't go up to the Reef without a healthy stache of Trico's, both duns and spinners, as well as plenty of Caddis, PMD, and Yellow Sally patterns for some bigger bugs you can see. From now until September, hoppers will be on the menu as well. Smacking those around hard next to the bank can bring some big rises and big fish so don't overlook 'em! This time of year, these fish are big, healthy, and don’t give up easily so bring your A game!
The streamer bite on the Reef can be really productive, it can be a great way to connect with the best the North Platte has to offer. Swinging flies and pounding the banks from a boat are often the most effective ways to fish streamers on the Reef. Integrated sink tip lines with a 6 or 7 weight rod, or swinging with a spey setup will help you get your flies where the fish are and greatly improve your chances of finding hungry mouths. Be flexible and have a variety of colors, sizes, and weights of flies as it is hard to predict precisely what the right combo will be on any given day.
A few of us at St. Pete’s have been fishing this area recently and are having great success. We want to make sure your getting the current conditions and necessary tools you may need for a successful trip so come on by and pick our brains on fishing and rigging for this area. Be sure to check out our facebook, instagram, and blog posts for updates and pictures of recent outings to this area.
Miracle Mile Fishing Report: We have been getting some decent reports coming from the Mile about fishing coming up and eating dries. Flows are slowly being lowered in preparation for Fall, which give the angler much more wading access. Expect to see the Trico swarms in the mornings so have your spinners and duns! Same with the Reef, make sure you're stocked up on PMD's, caddis, and Yellow Sally's. Watch for noses in side channels and in the soft water next to faster currents and don't be scared to put a small chubby or PMX on the front of a double dry rig. Some fish may be on midges as well so be ready for any situation. Nymphing the pocket water above the bridge can result in some great days this time of year so cover some ground and figure out where the feeding fish are! We like to focus on the faster water but if you are spending some time down below the bridge, it is critical that your flies are getting down to where the fish are holding. Tops of runs, seams, and breaks in the current will be holding fish so keep at it until you get your setups dialed in. Smaller mayfly nymphs, yellow sally nymphs, caddis nymphs, leeches, and Annelids are the way to go this time of year.
Streamers on the Mile are a blast. Some days are definitely better than others but you never know what you might connect with. Just like with the Reef, bring plenty of options. Sizes, colors, and where your flies are in the water column all are important factors so if you zero out on a certain setup, switch it up. Using a sink tip line is crucial, you want to make sure your streamers are staying in the "zone". If you are fishing a two-hander, make sure you have a variety of MOW tips as it is vital to get flies to where they need to be. Bigger isn't necessarily always better so being versatile with fly selection is necessary.
Recommended Flies ::
Nymphs: Sparkle Worm #10, Annelid #14-18, Rojo Midge #18-22, Zebra Midge #18-20, Split Foam Back #18 RS2, #18-22, Barr's Emerger BWO #18-20, Micro May #18, Juju Baetis #18-20, Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Pine Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Girdle Bug #10 (brown/yellow), Snapping Craw #6.
Dries: Indicator Trico #22-24, CDC Trico #20-24, Hi-Vis Trico #22-24, Para Adams #18-24, Streambank Hopper #10-12, Sweetgrass Hopper #10
Streamers: Goldie #4, Bottoms-Up #4, Crazy Dad #4, Platte River Spider #8, Dungeon's Olive and Tan #4, Monkeys #4, Peanuts #4, Zoo Cougars #4, 'Nilla Bugger #10, Thin-Mint #8-12, Sparkle Minnow #4-6 Double Dirty Hippies.
Also, for you swingers try: Ish's Cool Herc, Ish's Grand Master Flash, Cat Toys, Goblins, Thin-Mints, and Hobo Speys.
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