North Platte River fishing 2/1/2021


Happy New Year! We look forward in keeping you informed in 2021 on what our guides are seeing on the water.

Upper North Platte  Frozen

USGS flow in real time @ Northgate 50cfs https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000

The Skinny

Winter conditions are upon us.  The river is still open in spots and the fish are still eating.  Timing is everything when it comes to winter fishing.  You have to hit the warm days to make it tolerable and enjoyable.  Most of the fish feeding will take place in the middle of the day in slower water.

Bugs to float: Midges

Bugs to pull:   Thin Mints, goldee etc big bugs seem to be working best.  On the SWING!

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

 

Miracle Mile 500cfs

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

The Skinny

The Mile is fishing good to great.   The crowds are down but not out.  Fish are relatively spread out for winter fishing which can make for some fun opportunities

Bugs to float: Midges

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) eggs and scuds(tan, olive, orange)

 

Grey Reef 500cfs

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

The Skinny

The upper 8 miles remains open and fishing is good to great.  There are far less people on the river this time of year. Which offers a rare chance at solitude on this busy tailwater.  The fishing is good to great.  Fish are mostly in slower water but don’t rule out the faster water on the nicer days.

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) scuds