Last Update: 7/26/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 2,498 cfs at Grey Reef, 1180 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report: After the recent surge in water, flows are back to their regular scheduled programming and the fish couldn’t be happier. Summer is here on the North Platte tailwaters and we are enjoying the lack of aquatic weed growth that sometimes happens on the Reef. Fish can stack up in the tops of runs this time of year to really put the feed on, but don’t forget the soft edges along the banks and seam lines on the faster runs and buckets. 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. Also, look to the edges for rising fish in the afternoons and evenings. Be sure to have some Caddis, PMD, and Yellow Sally patterns for the occasional dry fly sipper. This time of year, these fish are big, healthy, and don’t give up easily 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 have been fishing this area recently and are having great success. 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: Flows have remained steady a little over 500cfs for the past few days. And the lake is filling up nicely, as it has made it all the way up to Rainbow Run! The pocket water above the bridge can fish incredibly well this time of year and if you are spending some time down below the bridge, make sure your flies are getting down to where the fish are. Tops of runs, seams, and breaks in the current will be holding fish so keep at it until you get your setups dialed in. We have been seeing lots of caddis and even a few trico hatches occurring so things are heating up at the mile. Smaller mayfly 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 :: The standard Reef and Mile fare applies. 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.
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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