Grey Reef River Report
Current Streamflow : 499 cfs at Grey Reef, 530 cfs at the Miracle Mile
The Flush on the Reef has been pushed back, it will now be happening March 29th-April 7th . During the flush they will raise flows up to 4000 CFS at night and then drop them back down to 500 CFS during the day. They do this in order to clean up the river bottom and provide better spawning habitat for the fish. During this period the fishing can be great, the flush stirs up the river and all the leaches, worms, and bugs in it creating a feeding frenzy. If you want any details on how to fish the flush or any more info feel free to come into the shop and ask us about it. After the flush the rainbows will start spawning. Be careful where you are wading and don't walk on or below any Redds. These Redds are usually easy to spot, and will look like a cleared patch of gravel normally in shallow, quicker water in the tail outs of runs. If you see fish on or near a Redd please leave them alone and let them do their thing. This will insure healthy trout populations for the future. Our guides have been reporting good fishing as most of the weeds are gone now. March and April are some the best times to fish up here, so start planning your Reef trips now, and give us a call if you'd like to book a trip.
Our most productive nymphs have been Midge nymphs/ emergers, leeches, and annelids. Some of our favorites this summer have included Theo’s North Platte Emerger (sz. 18, purple or olive), the Spark-a-lid (#12-14, red or purple) and Copper-rib RS2’s. Whether fishing the Reef or the Mile, it’s a smart move to pair up a smaller bug (i.e. midge, baetis, etc…) with a larger attractor pattern. Pine Squirrel Leeches, Sparkle Worms and Flossy Worms are all good attractor options.
The Mile's flows have been holding steady around 500cfs which means fish are concentrating in the deep runs on the seam lines. Rainbows are already starting to spawn on the Mile. Be careful where you are wading and don't walk on or below any Redds. These Redds are usually easy to spot, and will look like a cleared patch of gravel normally in shallow, quicker water in the tail outs of runs. If you see fish on or near a Redd please leave them alone and let them do their thing. This will ensure healthy trout populations for the future. Nymphing Two-bit Hookers and scuds are always good options. Don't forget your leach and egg patterns when you head off to the Mile as well.
While you’ll probably get your numbers with bugs, streamer fishing remains our favorite way to fish the Reef and Mile. Sink tip lines with a 6 or 7 weight rod, or trout-sized spey rods lined up with Skagit heads and MOW tips are awesome tools to cover water efficiently and present flies deeper in the water column where the carnivores are lurking. If you want to try your hand at “the two hander” on either the Reef or Mile, we love the patterns of Eric Ishiwata. Ish’s Kool Herc (olive/tan or chartreuse/white) or Ish’s Snitch (red/tan or olive) are a couple of very safe bets. For the single-hand angler Cream or Olive Mini-Dungeons are a newer pattern we’ve fast grown fond of but Goldies, North Platte Spiders and other classics are all good options. 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.