Last Update: 1/28/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 441 cfs at Gray Reef, 522 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report : Mild weather has left the roads in decent shape around the Casper area, just keep an eye out for melting drifts on some of the dirt roads. This is a great time to rally up to the Reef, it is fishing great. Those fish have turned on to smaller patterns so small baetis patterns are going to be critical to have on your rig. The usual larger leech and worm patterns are also working very well. Guides have been reporting the float fishing on the Reef has been consistent. With cooler temperatures and high winds streamers are a very efficient way to go. With high winds make sure to have heavier weighted rods in order to cut through the wind (6, 7 & 8 WT's). If you are floating the Dam to Lusby stretch is wide open. We are also getting report of good streamer fishing as well. If things seem slow don't be afraid to throw on a sink tip and see what you can find.
Walk-wade access remains good, so if you're not floating keep this in mind. Be sure to have the standards up there such as annalids, leeches, worms, scuds, and smaller baetis and midge patterns. Also don't be afraid to throw some streamers at the bank. This can produce some nice fish 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 cooler temperatures, fishing on the Mile has been decent. Guides are reporting bigger browns staying in the river. 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, 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, Foam Wing RS-2 in Gray, Brown or Black #18-20 purple back baetis #18-20. Iron Sally #16-18. Poxy-Back PMD #16-18 Spicy scuds Olv, and Gry . Pine Squirrel Leeches# 10-12 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 Goldie's #4, 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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