Gray Reef River Report
Current Streamflow : 501 cfs at Grey Reef, 514 cfs at the Miracle Mile
The trico game is strong up here this time of year through the beginning of winter. As always, with both the Mile and the Reef, nymphing is a great option. Annelids and worms work really well, but never overlook your leeches and scuds as point flies. Having 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. With the colder weather the weeds are starting to break up. This means nymphing is the way to go, although you may be able to pick up a fish or two on top near the banks.
Long 3x fluorocarbon 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 such as the Grand Master Phoenix and the Ish's Snich. 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: 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, Magic Fly BWO #18, Pine Squirrel Leeches #10-12, Midge Larva #18, Sparkle Worm #10, Annelid #14-18, Pig Sticker #8.
Dries: Para Adams #18-20, BWO Comparadun #20-22, Sprouts BWO, Quiglie's Split Flag Adams #16-20, Griffith Gnat #16-#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 Double Dirty Hippies.
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.