We look forward in keeping you informed in 2021 on what our guides are seeing on the water.
Upper North Platte
USGS flow in real time @ Northgate 137cfs and fluctuating https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000
The dog days of summer are upon us. The water is getting on the low and warm side due to the extremely hot days and warm nights. Water temperature is becoming a concern. Our moto right now is early on early off. We are doing this for your safety and the fish. Water temps over 70F stresses fish and makes them less likely to survive catch and release fishing, which we believe is unethical. If the upper North Platte River were located in Montana or Colorado it would be closed to fishing.
That all being said fishing is still good to great in the mornings. Hatches are still going strong. The Trico hatch is going strong and has the fish looking up during the spinner fall. Caddis are still going good to great in the early morning and evenings. The golden stones and the nocturnal stones are still hatching. The fish aren’t that picky about what particular pattern you have on. But as always proper presentation is key. As the water gets smaller fish will concentrate in spots for bugs.
Bugs to float: Caddis, Chubbies, Micro stones, Tricos
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) Caddis (hares ear, graphic, puppa etc) Tricos SBT(small black things, RS2 zebra midge Cranefly larva
Miracle Mile 1800cfs
Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_korr.pl
The Mile has been fishing great. Believe it or not the fish even seem bigger this year. While the Mile is a tail water and not affected as much by air temperature, that does no way mean that the fishing is good all day long. The morning still seem to be fishing best regardless. The golden stone hatch is starting to wind down. Things have been relatively busy but there is enough water to spread out. The lake has turned over yet so the water is a pea green. There has been some floating moss, but not enough to affect float fishing.
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) eggs and scuds(tan, olive, orange)Cranefly larva
Grey Reef 3000cfs
Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_grar.pl
Summer flows are going at Grey Reef which means there is a lot of water. High flows coupled with cooler temps bellow Grey Reef dam make this a great full day option right now. PMDs Yellow sallies and caddis are the main things hatching. Nymphing and throwing streamers are productive. There is talk in the bug community that this year is suppose to be a good hopper year for the Casper area. Which can make for some incredible fishing.