Last Update:4/23/2014. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 500 cfs at Gray Reef, 1,494 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report ::
Now that the flush is over, the river is in prime fishing shape! Those rainbows are going to start spreading out and becoming much more active, and also aggressive. Our guides have been reporting good numbers in the upper floats. REMINDER: the "cable-cable" stretch (about 600 yards) is closed to fishing throughout the month of April. Be sure to pick up your lines and float through before resuming your fishing. LOTS of fish on redds currently as well. Be careful as to avoid fishing directly over spawning fish in 6 inch water. That being said, stick to the "meat and potato" options. Leeches, annelids, girdle bugs, and midges in the upper, are all producing consistent action. This is a great time of year to be on the Reef.
Walk-wade access remains good, so if you're not floating keep this in mind. Your nymph rigs should consist of a few meaty options like Pine Squirrel Leeches, Scuds, and worms with some smaller baetis nymphs and midge patterns as well. Be sure to try Sex Dungeons, Vanilla Buggers, and Goldies, as these can produce some serious fish on the Reef. Look for fish to be in the slower deeper runs and in those tailouts this time of year. Also don't forget the warm clothes, Wyoming weather can be a bit unpredictable this time of year.
Stop by the shop for any questions on fishing/rigging for the Winter on the Reef.
Miracle Mile Fishing Report :: Keep an eye on the weather if you are planning to go to the Mille. The road in and out can be quite muddy with any precipitation, so make sure your vehicle is good to drive on that stuff before you head up and keep an eye out. Fish seem to be hanging out below the bridge right now so focus your efforts down there. With the recent bump in flows, the fish should be spreading out a bit more and should open up a bit more water. As we progress into April and the water temp. increases the fishing will only improve. This is a good time of year to try throwing some streamers and dry midge patterns on the Mile, and the nymphing will continue to be good. Baetis, midges, and scuds should be somewhere on your nymph rig along with more steaky choices like worms, leaches and streamers. The trick is to get your flies down and right in their face. We have been swinging the Mile with 2-handers with some good success in the middle of the day, and we expect it to get better with some warmer temps!
Recommended Flies :: The standard Reef and Mile fare applies. Red rock worms, SJWs, midges in black, red, or grey, Crystal flash midges #20-22, juju midge(brown, olive, blue)#20-22. Split foam back in black, brown, or grey #18-22. Barr's emerger BWO #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-20, Baetis patterns including small PTs and purple back baetis #18-20. Spicy scuds Olv, and Gry #14-18. Pine Squirrel Leeches# 10-12 Primetime Caddis #14, EA Orange Softhackle #12-14, Swing Caddis #14-16, Girdle Bugs- all colors and size, Epoxy-Back Stone #12-16, 20 Incher #10-14, Stone Bomb #10-12
Don't forget about streamers. Fish can be had on the Reef year round by slow rolling leech patterns and other big ugly streamers. Throw towards the bank and start stripping as fast as you can. Try the Snapping Craw or Stalcup's Baby Dad. Wooly Sculpin #6-8, Thin Mints #6-8, Platte River Spider #8, Dungon's Olive and Tan #4, Monkeys #4, Peanuts #4, and Zoo Cougars #4. Also for you swingers try- Ish's Cool Herc White and Chart or and Ish's Grand Master Flash- Black and Copper or Tan and Gold
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