Last Update: 02/10/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 500 cfs at Grey Reef, 883 cfs at the Miracle Mile
With January comes the snow and unfortunately, the wind. The next couple days are forecasted to bring some big snow and big wind, so travel around the Casper and Alcova area may be sketchy. All roads in and out of the Mile and Reef can have their own set of surprises so be mindful of the weather forecast and double check road conditions before you roll up. Have 4 Wheel Drive vehicles with a high clearance and a tow rope or shovel are a good idea too.Grey Reef Fishing Report: Some serious snow and wind are in the near forecast, but that being said, this is one of our favorite times of year to hit the Grey Reef. The weeds are starting to dissapear, as are the crowds. Nymphing Blue Wing and midge patterns will be the most productive and teamed up with a few of other types of food sources can be straight up deadly. Having a variety of mayfly nymphs such as Split foam backs and Foam Wing RS2's in different colors and sizes will be a good choice. Rock worms, annelids, leeches and crawdad's should never be overlooked when fishing the Reef.
The streamer bite on the Reef can be productive during the right conditions and is a great way to connect with a few solid North Platte trout. 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.
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Miracle Mile Fishing Report: Flows on the Mile are currently holding at 850, which is unusal for this time of year. Wading can be a bit more tricky so be careful up there! That being said, fish are being caught with a variety of different bugs. Baetis, midges, leeches, and annelids are still producing. Just like the Reef, nymphing will be the best way to connect with fish and targeting different types of holding water will give you a better idea of where to concentrate your efforts. Those of us that have gone up have been able to find fish from the canyon to the bluffs so find an empty run and work it thoroughly.
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. 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.
With January comes the snow and unfortunately, the wind. All roads in and out of the Mile can have their own set of surprises so be mindful of the weather forecast and double check road conditions before you roll up.
Recommended Flies :: The standard Reef and Mile fare applies. Annelid #14-18, Rojo Midge #18-22, Desert Storm #20-22, Zebra Midge #18-20, Disco Midge #18-20, Crystal flash midges #20-22, Juju midge(brown, olive, blue)#20-22. Split Foam Back RS2 in #18-22, Barr's Emerger BWO #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-20, Foam Wing RS2 in Gray, Brown or Black #18-20, Spicy scuds #16, Pine Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Girdle Bug #10 (brown), Snapping Craw #6, Sparkle Worm #10 (red or purp.).
Fish can be had on the Reef year round by slow rolling leech patterns and other big ugly streamers. Throw towards the bank and focus on different retrievals to see which action gets the most attention.
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.
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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