Upper North Platte River Report
Current Streamflow Upper North Platte: 1600 cfs
Flows on the North Platte are slowly descending which is great news! Fish are going to start spreading out through the river. With this brings more bugs like caddis, yellow sallies and golden stones. There are still a few salmonflies out and about so don't count these out quite yet. Fish will still take a whack at them. Double nymph rigs with the biggest DB Peacock Stone, Girdle Bug, or 20 Incher you can buy, followed up with a Prince, Sparkle Worm, or caddis will be working well. Keep your eyes to the sky and into the bushes for the Salmon fly adults, or look to bankside rocks and boulders for spent shucks as a tell tale sign that big bugs are hatching.
During run off, nymphing is going to put more fish in the net than anything but if quality is what you’re after, spool up the sink tips and grab the meat locker. Fish on the Platte become very aggressive and ambitious under the cover of dirty water. Metabolisms are steadily rising and fish that are typically cautious will throw all inhibitions to the wind while searching for a cure for their hunger pains. On certain days, the streamer bite is THE way to catch fish up here and even just by working big and dark patterns like black Peanut Envy’s and Dungeons increase your chances of roping in your big brown of the spring. Put some time in and focus on soft edges and pocket water where those big fish are waiting in comfort for a big meal to swing by.
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Chubby Chernobyl #6-8, Amy's Ants #10-8, Black Foam PMX #12-8, Cousin It #10-8, King Kong #6, Bank Robber #6, Rogue Stone Salmonfly #6, Org. Stimi Chew Toy #6, EC Caddis #14-18,
Nymphs: Girdle Bugs #6-8, Prince Nymphs #10-8, DB Peacock Stones #10-6, Tung Trip Saver #12, Biot Epoxy Stone #12-8, Wired Stones #14-10, Tung 20 Inchers #12-10, Stone Bomb #14-10, Trina's Montana Prince #10, Sparkle Worms #10, Guides Choice Hare's Ear #12-10,
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