Gray Reef River Report
Current Streamflow : 1995 cfs at Grey Reef, 3150 cfs at the Miracle Mile
Grey Reef Fishing Report:
The Grey Reef has been fishing great and we've been making more trips to fish it with spring well underway. The rainbows are in spawn mode and have been seen on spawning beds (otherwise known as Redds). This may cause fish to stop eating and become less active. In effort to conserve and sustain these rainbow populations the authorities have closed fishing from "cable to cable" to allow these fish to reproduce within a refuge area apart from the heavy fishing traffic on the Reef this time of year. If you plan to visit the reef to do some wade fishing check out the Lusby access. Otherwise, the flow has been staying around 2000 cfs which is a great level for a spring float here.
Standard Reef fare 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-5x, to keep you ready for any situation you will run into this time of year. Smaller midge and baetis patterns will get most of the attention from below.
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 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.
For info on guided float trips to the Gray Reef, hit the LINK
Miracle Mile Fishing Report:
The Mile flow is way up at 3000 cfs right now, this can make this area difficult to wade and find fish holding. Like the Reef, the rainbows here are spawning. Try to avoid wading through and standing on these redds so that breeding grounds and eggs can mature without being disrupted.
Nymphing leeches, egg's, annelids, and midges is the best set up for the time being. Weight is going to be the biggest key to finding fish. Most of the time if your not finding fish you aren't getting deep enough. The nymph game on the mile is the numbers game. Deep runs, seams, and breaks in the current will all be holding fish so keep at it until you get your setups dialed in. With the higher water this time of year try working the banks as well, fish get pushed up under cut banks when the current becomes pushy.
Streamers on the Mile are a blast! 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.
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, 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.