Last Update: 12/10/2016. 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, 538 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report: The white stuff has finally started flying up north of the border so keep an eye on the weather before you venture up (roads can get nasty in certain scenarios). It's winter time fishing up there, so make sure you have some extra layers, and some gloves. Our guide trips on both the Reef and Mile have been extremely productive and we can't wait to see what we can get into for here until spring.
Standard Reef fair is working fantastic: annelids, worms, small mayflies, leeches, midges, and of course a variety of streamers. Nymphing 9ft 3-4x leaders will get you down to where your flies need to be and having a full size run of fluorocarbon tippets, 3x-6x, to keep you ready for any situation you will run into this time of year. Smaller midge patterns will get most of the attention from below. 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. Don't feel like you need to be throwing huge flies. The sunny weather can put fish off a bit and often times all you need to do is down size to smaller bugger patterns and make sure you are getting them down deep.
A few of us at St. Pete’s can usually be found creeping the shorelines 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 you're 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: Nymphing annelids, BWO's, and midges is the best set up for the time being. 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), Bling Midge #20-24, Mayhem Midge #18-20, Pig Sticker #8
Dries: Para Adams #18-24, BWO Comparadun #20-22, Sprouts BWO #18-20, Griffiths Gnats #18-22, Sprouts Midges #18-24, Eric's High Vis Midge #20-22
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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