North Platte River fishing 4/10/22


North Platte River Fishing Report

 

We look forward in keeping you informed in 2022 on what our guides are seeing on the water.

Upper North Platte

USGS flow in real time @ Northgate Frozen cfs and fluctuating  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000

@Saratoga 1000cfs  fluctuating daily National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

The Skinny

Spring time in the Rockies.  We have had a colder spring with some descent moisture however snow pack levels are much below normal.  With snow blocking many of the upper put ins we have been staying close to Saratoga.  Fishing has been hit or miss depending on weather and fluctuating flows.  We are still seeing some ice in the river in the mornings after those cold nights.  Midges are making up most of the hatch and fishes diets. Worms and leaches have also been working well.

Bugs to float: N/A

Bugs to pull:   Thin Mints, olive buggers, orange blossom special, rusty trombone, peanut envy

Bugs to drift:  Stoneflies (pat’s to princes) Midges (zebra, mayhems, ju ju)  annelids(rock and san juan worms) Eggs.

 

Miracle Mile 500ish cfs

Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_korr.pl

The Skinny

The Mile is still at the minimum flow, and will likely remain there for quite some time as reservoir levels are lower than normal due to a work that was done on the dam last fall.  Fish are all over the reds please be mindful of them, and avoid the temptation to fish to them.

Bugs to float: N/A

Bugs to pull:   Thin Mints, spiders, goldee etc big bugs seem to be working best on the SWING

Bugs to drift:  Midges (zebra, mayhems, ju ju)  annelids( rock and san juan worms)  scuds(tan, olive, orange)Cranefly larva, leeches and eggs

Grey Reef 1300 cfs

Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_grar.pl

The Skinny

The flush is over and the spawn is on, fishing is closed from cable to cable in the top end.   With the flush over fish will start to settle back into their spots and the bugs will be starting to show up verry soon.

Bugs to float: Midges (griffiths nat, goober midge)

Bugs to pull: Thin mints, spiders, goldee, Rusty Trombone

Bugs to drift:  Midges (Zebra, mayhem) annelids (san Juan, rock worm), leaches(pine squirrel) , Eggs