Last Update: 9/25/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 501 cfs at Grey Reef, 518 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report: Summer has treated us well on the North Platte tailwaters and we fully expect early fall conditions to be even better. If you're headed up, make sure you bring the tricos, a few BWO's, caddis, 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 can be more or less weed free and 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.
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. We start to see Tricos start to wane and fish focusing on other food sources as September continues on but don't go up to the Reef without a healthy stash of the little mayflies, both duns and spinners, while still keeping an eye out for Caddis, PMD, and up and coming Blue Wing Olive frenzies. As water temps cool, it brings a spark of life to these stretches and all the fish in it. They are fat, healthy, and very strong this time of year 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 can usually be found creeping the shorlines of the North Platte tailwaters on our days off and stay up to date on what conditions are like up there. 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: Many of us have an eye on the Mile right now. The dry fly rods will soon be traded in for 7 weights and spey rods rigged with heavy tips, lead eyes, and coneheads in anticipation for the fall. Daytime temps are still pretty warm but don't let that shut down your hopes and dreams. Resident fish in the river can turn on without notice and trust us, you want to be there when it does.
There are still a few fish eating Tricos but be prepared for anything. Caddis, PMD's, and hoppers are going to be a better bet in terms of dry fly fishing and we will start to see more and more BWO's as temps drop. The nymph game on the mile is the numbers game. When nymphing we like to focus on the faster pocket water closer to the canyon 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, 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, Tung Swing Caddis #16-18, The Ticket #16.
Dries: CDC Trico #20-24, Hi-Vis Trico #22-24, Para Adams #18-24, EC Caddis #14-18, Sprouts BWO #18-20, 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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