Gray Reef River Report
Current Streamflow : 1000 cfs at Grey Reef, 2663 cfs at the Miracle Mile
We are now greeting spring days on the Reef and Mile with the conclusion of the Flush on March 21st. There has been an increase in flows on both the Reef and Mile from the dams in order to make room for the upcoming runoff. Now that the flush is over on the reef, fine sediment and vegetation has been cleaned from spawning beds and the rainbows are showing more and more signs of moving on to them as the weather and water warms. Because of this, through the month of April the "cable to cable" section of the reef below the dam will be closed to all fishing. This area is also known as the "redds" which is another name for a section of spawning beds where fish lay their eggs. Succeeding generations of fish are dependent on the closure of this area to ensure their survival into the juvenile stages of their growth. Redds will be visible along the mile as well. Although there will no be any closed areas, please be sure to be aware of where you fish and step as the spawn continues. You can recognize these areas in shallow water where the rocks look like they have been cleared of gravel and sediment.
As far as fishing, with both the Mile and the Reef, nymphing is a great option. Annelids and worms will start to become more abundant as the water starts to get flushed , but don't overlook your leeches and scuds as point flies. Trailing a midge or rs2 behind the bigger bugs will leave these fish with plenty of options until you find out what they are really keying in on. Fish are still eating egg patterns but we are seeing more fish choose the bug or leech as we move into January. Long 3x fluorocarbon leaders help give you the length to present your flies where they need to be.
Streamer fishing is our favorite way to fish the Reef and Mile. Swinging flies and pounding the pockets from a boat are often the most effective ways to fish streamers here. Sink tip lines with a 6 or 7 weight rod, or two handers lined up with Skagit heads will help anglers cover water efficiently and present flies deeper in the water column where we are finding most of the meat eaters. Both shops have received fresh shipments of the newest swing style flies from Eric Ishiwata such as the Grand Master Phoenix and the Ish's Snich. Goldies, North Platte Spiders, Peanut Envys, and other classics are well stocked too. Ask about them next time you are in the shop!
For info on guided float trips to the Gray Reef, hit the LINK
For info on guided trips to the Miracle Mile, hit the LINK
Recommended Flies ::
Nymphs: Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Sparkle Wing RS2 #18-#20, Foldover Baetis #18, Split Foam Back #18-#20, #18-22, Mayhem Midge #18-20, Micro May #18, Pine Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Midge Larva #18, Sparkle Worm #10, Annelid #14-18, Pig Sticker #8.
Dries: Para Adams #18-22, Sprout Midge #18-22 Griffith Gnat #18-#20,
Streamers: Dungeon's (Regular and Mini), 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, Rusty Trombone
Also, for you two-hander fisherman try: Ish's Grand Master Pheonix, Ish's Snitch, Ish's Maxi Tube, Goblins, Thin-Mints #8-#12 (double & regular), Hobo Speys, Platte River Spiders.