North Platte River fishing 9/1/22


North Platte River Fishing Report

 

 

Upper North Platte

USGS flow in real time @ Northgate 100ish cfs and fluctuating  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000

@Saratoga 100ish cfs  fluctuating daily National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

The Skinny

Water temperatures are no longer a concern and fishing is great again.  Hatches are thinning out, but the baetis hatch is still going presenting some dry fly opportunities.  The bugs are getting on the small side.  From now on is one of our favorite times of the year.  Streamer fishing for big aggressive fish.

 

Bugs to float: Chubbys, tricos, BWO

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) Caddis(birds nest, soft hackles, graphic caddis, prince nymph)Tricos ( RS2, SBT (small black things)) annelids(rock and san juan worms) BWO (phesant tails, RS2)

 

Miracle Mile 500ish cfs

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

The Skinny

The Mile is fishing good to great, summer crowds have thinned out water is low but fishing is good.  If you can hit it on a day its not to crowded things can be good.   With low flows at the Mile it makes it less appealing to the guide and the angler as there is less water for everyone to fish. Especially when its busy.  Baetis and midges are most of the hatch right now.  I have not heard any reports of kokanee salmon.

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), leeches and eggs