Gray Reef River Report
Current Streamflow : 3994 cfs at Grey Reef, 4540 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report:
Flows on the lower sections of the good ole N. Platte have risen and leveled off around 4000. Reservoirs are full and there is a lot more water heading towards Wyoming. Blue Wings are still on the menu and are keeping these fish chowing. Be sure to have a variety of these small bugs in both bead head nymphs and emergers. Putting one of those below a worm, blue wing, midge, or caddis can be deadly when nymphed deep. Copper Ribbed RS2’s, Mayhem Midges, and Micro May’s are our Grey Reef MVP’s at the moment.
The Grey Reef standards will always produce fish. Annelids and worms seem to be working best, but never overlook your leeches and scuds as point flies. If fish don’t seem to be keying in on anything specific, have a few Yellow Sally and Golden Stone nymphs in your box to try something different, as they really start moving around this time of year. Long 3x leaders help give you the length to present your flies where they need to be and give you the ability to put the cork to these fish when they decide to run.
The streamer bite on the Reef can be really productive, oftentimes 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 Skagit heads and MOW tips can help single out the more aggressive fish in the river. Both shops have received fresh shipments of the newest swing style creations from Eric Ishiwata. Ask about them next time you are in the shop and stock up!
For info on guided float trips to the Gray Reef, hit the LINK
Miracle Mile Fishing Report:
The Mile continues to crank out some nice fish for us. Bug life hasn’t changed all too much over the past month except that we are getting a few more fish picking up on stoneflies. Girdle Bugs and Iron Sallies are going to be a pretty solid bet through early June. San Juan worms, BWO’s, and caddis are going to be highly productive as well, just need to put some time in and let the fish tell you what the flavor of the day is. Always be adjusting your depth until you start hitting fish and mix up the types of water you are focusing on. Fish the pocket water further up towards the canyon much like you would here on the Poudre. It gets overlooked by many people and often times holds the most active fish. Seams adjacent to the deep runs down closer to the reservoir will get fish stacking up in them. Don’t go splashing around in the shallow water on the edges without fishing through it. Take your time and work your way out systematically until you fish through all types of water.
Sometimes these fish are looking for more of a meal than size 18’s. Sink tips and marabou will find some of the tough fish if the nymphing bite turns off. 15 to 24 foot sink tip lines are going to put your flies down where they need to be and vary your retrieve often to see how fast they want their lunch moving. This is also one of our favorite stretches of river to swing bugs on our two handers. Skagit heads and MOW tips get you fishing deep and allow you to cast the brass effectively, but don’t hesitate to bust the Scandi out and swing soft hackles on a long leader. This can be a highly effective approach and much more pleasurable then casting Skagit heads and tungsten tips all day. Also, we are stocked up on the latest and greatest swing style tube flies from Eric Ishiwata so come check them out and fill up the box. We will provide the paper towels for wiping up the drool!
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. Make sure to check the road reports before heading up toward the Reef or Mile because road conditions can vary this time of year. Melting on the warm sunny days and rain this time of year can make the roads muddy, so being prepared for any situation doesn't hurt. Check out our facebook, instagram, and blog posts for updates and pictures of recent outings to this area.
For info on guided trips to the Miracle Mile, hit the LINK
Recommended Flies ::
Nymphs: Sparkle Worm #10, Annelid #14-18, Pig Sticker #8, Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Foldover Baetis #18, Split Foam Back #18, #18-22, Mayhem Midge #18-20, Micro May #18, Magic Fly BWO #18, Pine Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Girdle Bug #10 (brown/yellow), Iron Sally #12-16,
Dries: Para Adams #18-20, BWO Comparadun #20-22, Sprouts BWO #18-20, Q's Split Flag BWO #16-20, EC Caddis #16-18, Mercer's Missing Link #14-16,
Streamers: Dungeon's, Bottoms-Up #4, Crazy Dad #4, Platte River Spider #8, 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 Grand Master Pheonix, Ish's Snitch, Ish's Maxi Tube, Goblins, Thin-Mints, Hobo Speys, Platte River Spiders.