Last Update: 05/26/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 4505 cfs at Grey Reef, 6580 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report:
The Reef is certainly waking up with the warmer temps and increased flows. With the bump in flow, it's important to fish the soft outer seams and buckets. Higher flow also usually makes for good streamer fishing. These little storms we have been having will effect clarity some but usually pushes through fast. When the water is off color try more leeches, worms and annalids or switch to streamers. Use a 9 foot 3x leader with 3x tippet for best success (4x to a second fly if you are getting refusals) Also look to the edges for rising fish in the afternoons and evenings. For your dries and try some Griffith's Gnats, Black Para Adams, and Sprout Midges or Sprout BWO's if you see any.
The streamer bite on the Reef can be productive when flows are higher and clarity worsens, 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. Black, Olive, and White conehead streamers are always good for starters.
We are sending more and more guide trips out to the Reef and Mile with the onset of spring. So if you are looking to get out there and need a helping hand, we would be more than happy to set you up for the North Platte. The staff here at St. Peter's has been hitting this area hard recently and we want to make sure your getting the current conditions and necessary tools you may need for a successful trip. Be sure to check out our facebook, instagram, and blog posts for updates and pictures of recent outings to this area.
Stop by the shop for any questions on fishing/rigging for the Reef this time of year
Miracle Mile Fishing Report:
The water level has risen considerably on the Mile. Now that we are seeing higher flows, seek the softer seems close to the banks, along with the slower pockets and pools. Be sure to use plenty of weight on your nymph rigs to get flies down quickly. Worms, Girdle Bugs, BWO Nymphs, scuds, leeches, and Annelids are all great options this time of year on the Mile.
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 in high flows, you want to make sure your streamers are staying in the "zone". If you are fishing a two-hander, make sure you have some of your heavier MOW tips as it can be harder to get flies to where they need to be with this amount of water. Bigger isn't necessarily always better so being versatile with fly selection is necessary.
Recommended Flies :: The standard Reef and Mile fare applies. Annelid #14-18, Rojo Midge #18-22, Desert Storm #20-22, Zebra Midge #18-20, Split Foam Back #18 RS2, #18-22, Barr's Emerger BWO #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-20, Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Pine Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Girdle Bug #10 (brown/yellow), Snapping Craw #6, Sparkle Worm #10 (red or purp.).
Try: 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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