Grey Reef Fishing Report Provided By North Platte River Fly Shop
Grey Reef fishing reports and video report on the North Platte River is a free service provided by our Casper, Wyoming based fly shop fishing guides and customers. These Grey Reef fishing reports will be updated as often as needed and we will always change the report if any sudden changes should occur. However please understand that sudden storms can often change conditions overnight in and around Grey Reef before we can change the report. We welcome any fishing reports that you would like to provide on Grey Reef by giving the fly shop a call or email.
Grey Reef Fishing Report
- Grey Reef Conditions: Clarity is good
Grey Reef Hatch Chart
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The snow is starting to fly, and so are the fisherman!!! The fishing is en fuego and we’ve got THE guides that will hook you up! Fishing in November & December can be some of the best! It’s just playing the game with old man winter! In fact I’m watching it snow right now as I write this report. This is what we wait for! The fishing this time of year can produce the opportunity to go chase a true reef or mile beast!
The mile is kicking out toads on the lower, lake run fish are starting to show up! Trout Spey with black or yellow streamers have been hanging big fish. As far as nymphs go worms, midges and egg patterns have all been taking fish. Please stick to the deep runs and avoid the shallow gravel as these fish are spawning.
The reef is fishing great. The browns are hanging in the upper sections and the bridge down has also been kicking out some nice bows. Worms, eggs, scuds and midges are the HOT ticket.
Fremont is still fishing good as well. Wait for the water to warm up a little. I like starting about 10am. These fish are big and fat but they eat small bugs. Some of our favorites are the rainbow warrior, the mayhem midge,small rock worms, Darth beatis, and any of your favorite midge patterns size 20-18.
Put on your warm and fuzzies and get out there!
Give yourself a holiday break and go FISHING.
Reef – 450 CFS
Miracle Mile – 550 CFS
Fremont Canyon – 75 CFS
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- JUNE 2022 FISHING REPORT -
Gray Reef to Town
With our flows at 2000cfs, it’s making for some exciting shallow-water hookups. These fish are on fire right now and even the little 16 inchers are peeling out line and bending our clients’ rods double. A lot of our guides are running fairly shallow all day, with a BB or even a #1 and about five feet from indicator to weight. This rig allows lots of flexibility for types of water you can fish, so don’t be afraid to look for water you wouldn’t normally spend time in! Things are getting buggy, but worms are always on the menu this time of year, so think about throwing a small San Juan and trailing your two favorite bugs behind it. Caddis, BWO’s, midges, and even a few small pmd’s nymphs are showing up, so stop by the shop and pick up a few of our hot patterns to match the hatch. Rockworms, breadcrust caddis, mayhem midges in black or gray, and splitcase pmd’s are all you need to have a great day up on the reef.
FISHING REPORT & FALL FORECAST
Grey smaller bugs underneath an attractor of choice. The go-to rig for this stretch has been the IED worm, trailed by any size 18-20 midge or baetis nymph patterns. Popular small bugs are the Chocolate Thunder, grey or black Mayhem, or purple Darth Baetis. Keep it short and light, with a #4 weight. Dries are standard fare for this time of year, with small black Adams or Purple Haze patterns generating the most attention. For streamers, lighter colors and smaller silhouettes usually do better in the clearer water between the Reef and Lusby. The “trusty” Rusty Trombone and the small and heavy Goldie have seen lots of eats lately. Some guides are reporting success on orange eggs as well.
Bridge but the upside to that is it gives the fish a rest. Things are already starting to clear and our guides are starting to work farther down in the system. It’s fall, and the big boy browns are starting to come out to play. This stretch is where you’ll want to go if you like throwing big bugs for big fish. Worms and leeches are steady producers, but don’t forget the little bugs. Any RS2-style pattern can be trailed behind a larger offering and you’ll be surprised how many eats it will get, even in off-color water.
MiracleThey haven’t hit their stride yet, but the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more they’ll start thinking about the ladies. There’s nothing like the colors on a big male brown when he’s dressed for success, and our guides love taking clients up to the Mile to swing big flies for the chance at a lifetime fish. We have the program dialed in through mid-January, so give us a call if this sounds like your cup of tea.
in the fall. Egg patterns seem to be fairly effective in this stretch through the colder months, and various orange colors are usually the go-to. Also try going super light and stealthy with a small Cracked-back Baetis and two mayhems. There’s lots of fun waterfarther down in the canyon, but make sure to bring your studded wading boots. Those boulders can get slippery!
time fishing during the winter season, so they know how important it is to have good gear that fits and works properly for Wyoming’s challenging cold-weather conditions. Take advantage of their technical knowledge regarding the top-line brands we carry by giving
9/27/21 - What is not to love about this time of year! Look close at anyone coming off the river and you’ll be able to tell...there’s something about the mild weather, the trees changing colors, fish on the feed...it’s like this time of year just makes everyone breathe a big sigh of relief and you can see the infectious joy and that glint in their eyes after a day of relaxing and reeling in fish. The Fall season just has a way of recharging people’s batteries and reminding us all of why we love being in the great outdoors!
Moss will continue to be an issue on the Reef section for a while, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the float. Find an open lane and be ready to present either small flies on light tippet, or a heavier rig with your worm of choice. Short rigs are a must either way. If you’re planning on matching the hatch, try a slightly larger caddis attractor and trail it with any skinny profile baetis or trico imitation. A good selection this time of year is a Bird’s nest followed up with double Mayhem midges in olive or grey. If the fish are particularly choosy, try a Darth Baetis as your point fly. Don’t hesitate to look for heads, and be ready with a small hi-vis Adams on 5x, possibly trailed by a small foam-post RS2. The key is to find a pod that is feeding consistently and competitively. Lead the rise by a good couple of feet, throw a gentle mend, and hold on!
As always, we are stoked to take you out and show you the best of the mighty N.P., or you can stop by the shop to pick our brains and pick up some patterns that will get it done for the area you are heading to. We love showing off our new remodel and the huge selection of premium gear, flies, equipment, and keepsakes that can make your outing one to remember. Lodging options are available close by, and our Dry Fly Inn continues to impress guests with its location. They always mention the beautiful views off the back deck and over the river!
We wish you all the best that this best of seasons has to offer. Hope to see you all soon! Tight Lines!
Fishing on all our permitted waters is in play!We had a rain event last week on the Reef, but waters are clearing, and fishing has been great!The fish are getting super buggy and sliding up into the fast water, which is way more fun to fish! The Mile is kicking out some great fish and the stones have shown!We are super busy and putting great trips out the door every day!
The Mile bugs have been Stoneflies, Chubby’s, purple Back Scuds, PMD’s, and Mayhem Midges in purple and gray.
Fremont is fishing great but can be a little busy.Bugs have been Crack Back PMD’s, and Mayhem Midges in black and purple.
The Reef, The Reef, The Reef is on Fire!The boys have been fishing all the the way into town and we have been seeing some big bows as well as some big browns.With the summer months upon us, there is a lot more hatches in the river.Yellow Sally’s, PMD’s, Caddis, Stoneflies, and Tricos.Don’t forget ‘yeh’ old trusty squirmy worm in red or purple. Crack the code and go catch some fish!Come by the shop and we can definitely get you set up with a map, and some bugs that will bend the rod!
The fishing in central Wyoming is "en fuego" right now! The number of fish and also the size has been very impressive over the past couple weeks!
The Reef, The Reef, The Reef is on FIRE!!! The fishing on the reef is great. It is low, clear, and the fish are stoked! The three wise men are the way to go around government bridge. Leeches, Worms, and Eggs. However, if you are fishing the upper sections I would recommend fishing smaller bugs. Midges and BWO's are the ticket!
Happy New Year! We are back on the river already and it feels so good. Trout spey has been HOT!!! White streamer in the tail outs of the runs have been kicking out some of our biggest fish of the season. If you choose to nymph try a red rock worm with a midge dropped off of it. We'd recommend size 18 zebra or barbed wire midges as they have been taking fish on a daily basis. We are currently running $100 off of our full day guided trips through March 31st. Call us and let's talk fishing. We are here to help or to row you down the river.
4-1-20 Just a reminder there is no fishing during the month of April between the first set of cable crossings below Grey Reef to protect the rainbows that are spawning. These are located about a 1/4 mile below Grey Reef Dam.
3-17-20 CoronaVirus and the Platte River Fly Shop. We have reduced staff hours but we are still filling orders with normal business hours. From time to time we do drop ship orders directly from the manufacturer, but some of are suppliers are shutting down their warehouses. If your order will be delayed for any reason, we will contact you. You are not going to catch the disease by being outdoors, so get out there and do a little fly fishing to reduce the anxiety/stress factor. If any of this changes, we will make another post.
2020 Flush Schedule.
The BOR Announces Temporary Fluctuation of North Platte River Flow Downstream of Gray Reef Dam
The Bureau of Reclamation, in response to a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has scheduled a series of fluctuating flows in the North Platte River downstream of Gray Reef Dam. Fluctuating flows are scheduled to begin on March 28. The purpose of the fluctuations is to improve trout reproduction in the river. The Wyoming Game & Fish has requested flows for ten consecutive days.
On March 24-25, Gray Reef Reservoir will evacuate storage to facilitate inspection of the radial gates. Although river flows will remain at the current rate of 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) during this reservoir operation, some fine sediment will be introduced from Gray Reef Reservoir into the North Platte River. Following the gate inspection, Gray Reef Reservoir will be refilled to the normal operating level. Then flushing flows will be initiated to flush fine sediment from the spawning gravels in the river.
On March 28, flows in the river below Gray Reef Dam will fluctuate from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4000 cfs according to the following schedule:
HOURS GRAY REEF OUTFLOWS (cfs)
00:01 to 01:00 a.m. 500
01:00 to 03:00 a.m. 2000
03:00 to 07:00 a.m. 4000
07:00 to 08:00 a.m. 3000
08:00 to 09:00 a.m. 2000
09:00 to 10:00 a.m. 1000
10:00 to midnight 500
This schedule will be repeated daily through April 6. After completing the flushing flow on April 6, the flows below Gray Reef Dam will return to 500 cfs. The schedule may be modified depending on river ice conditions.
The flushing flows are expected to clean the spawning gravels of fine sediment which has accumulated over the winter. The fluctuations in the river flow will be achieved without loss of power generation and the water released from Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir.
The public is urged to use caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Gray Reef Dam.
2-27-20 First North Platte River / Grey Reef guide video report for 2020
10-30-19 Well as we go into winter I think everyone knows the routine by now. Streamers, Midges, Scuds, Eggs and Leeches will be the predominent patterns throughout the winter. This will be our last update until spring unless something major happens.
8-20-2019 Grey Reef Video Fishing Report
8-12-19 Tricos in the mornings switching to Caddis, Hoppers, Pats Rubber Legs, leeches and streamers in the afternoons.
6/25/19 Flows are finally ramping up on Grey Reef.....looking at 2100 as of this morning. Should cool the water back down and really kick them into high gear.
6/5/19 The reef is still at 500cfs with all the flooding going on in Neb. we don't see the levels coming up anytime soon. In turn, the river is warming up faster than normal so we are seeing some earlier hatchs. Pmd's, Caddis and Yellow Sallies have already started.
4-29-2010 Grey Reef Video Fishing Report