Gray Reef River Report
Current Streamflow : 2506 cfs at Grey Reef, 966 cfs at the Miracle Mile
This section of the North Platte starts to get really buggy this time of year, water temperatures become ideal for bugs to start coming off. As we roll through summer up here we see a variety of bugs flying/swimming around and feeding some hungry trout. As always with both the Mile and the Reef nymphing is a great option. Annelids and worms always seem to work really well, 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 PMD nymphs in your box to try something different, as they really start moving around this time of year. Having a couple caddis patterns as well as a few BWO emergers to trail behind the bigger bugs will leave these fish with plenty of options until you find out what they are really keying in on. Be armed with a few of these bugs in the dry fly version as well because any day now we may see fish start to rise and that’s something you really don’t want to be under prepared for.
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. Always be adjusting your depth and weight until you start hitting fish and mix up the types of water you are focusing on. 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.
The streamer bite 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 here. 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
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, San Juan Worm #10, Golden Stones, Hare's Ear #14-18, Caddis Pupa #16, Midge Larva #18
Dries: Para Adams #18-20, BWO Comparadun #20-22, Sprouts BWO, Quiglie's Split Flag Adams #16-20, EC Caddis #16-18, Mercer's Missing Link #14-16, Golden stones #10-#14,
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.