Last Update: 2/25/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 450 cfs at Gray Reef, 525 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report: Snow in central Wyoming has made travel a little difficult in areas. . Be aware of bad road conditions if you are headed up there. Despite the weather this is a great time to rally up to the Reef, it is fishing great! The tailwater provides anglers with big fish that are constantly eating. Nymphing has been the most productive as the typical reef rigs are working well (smaller midges, rockworms, scuds, and leeches). Be on the lookout for midge hatches on the calmer cloudy days, which can provide anglers with some good dry fly fishing. The streamer fishing on the Reef has been consistent. Try slowly drifting big articulated patterns followed by smaller leech like flies. If things seem slow don't be afraid to throw on a sink tip and see what you can find. The water is open and floatable from Gary Reef Dam to Casper. If you aren’t afraid of the cold, floating can be a very effective way of fishing the Reef. Wade fishing is another great option, as Nymphing is extremely effective this time of year.
Stop by the shop for any questions on fishing/rigging for the Reef this time of year
Miracle Mile Fishing Report: With the mild temperatures, fishing on the Mile has been great. Your bug choice here should be similar to the Reef, smaller baetis and midges, with some larger stuff like leeches, worms and annelids somewhere in the box as well. Streamers are also producing some fish as well, just remember in the colder months slow and deep retrieves are the way to go. And if you are a spey-junky, swinging is also moving fish.
Watch out for snow drifts if you get off the main roads.
Recommended Flies :: The standard Reef and Mile fare applies. Red rock worms, Midges in black, red, or grey, Crystal flash midges #20-22, Juju midge(brown, olive, blue)#20-22. Split Foam Back RS2 in black, brown, or grey #18-22. Barr's emerger BWO #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-20, Foam Wing RS2 in Gray, Brown or Black #18-20, Spicy scuds Olv, and Gry, Pine, Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Girdle Bugs- all colors and size, Epoxy-Back Stone #12-16, 20 Incher #10-14, Stone Bomb #10-12.
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 Goldie's #4, Snapping Craw or Stalcup's Baby Dad, Cat Toy #4, 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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