Miracle Mile Fishing Report as of 2/15/17
It’s The Miracle Mile For A Reason
- Fishing Report Date: 2 /15/2017
- Stream Flow: 537 CFS
- Water Clarity: Clear
- Fish Count: 3,000 fish per mile
- Hatches: Baetis and Midges
- Overall Rating : 10/10 with opportunities to nymph and throw streamers.
- Travel Conditions & Advisories: None at this time
- Fishing Licenses: State ID or Drivers License to purchase a WY Fishing License.
Miracle Mile Fishing Report:
Fish Shelves and Drop offs. 5-6′ leader and lengthen in deep runs. Use weight according to water depth.
Nymphing: Scuds, Egg Patterns, Crawfish, Leeches, Rockworms (Red & Purple,) Midges
Dry Flies: N/A
Streamers: Brown, Black, Olive, Tan/Vanilla
We are coming into the prime BIG Fish Season at the Miracle Mile! This is the destination location of the North Platte River during the Winter and Spring months to target Monster Trout. The trophy Rainbows in Pathfinder Reservoir have begun their annual run into the tailwater to spawn. Please respect their beds and on the Miracle Mile there are signs designating regular spawning areas. These are definitely trophy trout that are guaranteed to challenge even the best anglers!
Do Your Part
If you see a possible violation report it IMMEDIATELY (it takes a long time to get to the Mile and hence why there isn’t much enforcement there. This is why the Outfitters/Guides and Anglers have been asked to take a huge part in conservation and protection of the Miracle Mile Area), also remember that we are fly fishing and it is not a competition. However it is a fun, relaxing, peaceful, spiritual, and a fun leisure activity everyone can enjoy and generations down the road also can enjoy for a lifetime if WE unselfishly take care of our resources. Not only the Miracle Mile but the ENTIRE North Platte River system. The Game and Fish isn’t stocking fish and they aren’t doing fall flushes to clean gravel for the Brown Trout, Cutthroat, and fall spawning Rainbow Trout so we all have to do our part in protecting this river as if it was our very own!
Trout (Salmonids) become aggressive during their spawn. They have one thing in mind and that is reproduction!!!! Trout protect their beds, mates, and territory as any wild creature does. They also exert a lot of energy which they need to replenish by feeding. This gives us the opportunity to catch a lot of REALLY BIG FISH! We have started throwing streamers and nymphing the deep runs below shelves and shallow gravel bars that hold staging fish, the fish targeting eggs of spawning fish, brude fish that slide off the beds to feed and regroup, and GIANT fish past their reproduction age that are looking for easy meals.
If you want to catch the “Biggest” fish, fish the runs below spawning fish, not the spawners themselves! I know there have been articles and books written about sight casting to big spawning fish but A- it’s not ethical and B- the biggest fish aren’t even up on the Redds. Target the places where a fish can easily feed without exerting much energy and can also escape to deep cover quickly with one flip of the tail. There are many opportunities to catch many fish and big fish without pulling the already stressed out bruders off their spawning beds.
***PLEASE, DO NOT EVER FISH FOR ANY TROUT ON THEIR SPAWNING BEDS (also known as redds.)***
Miracle Mile Travel Conditions:
Miracle Mile Recommended Flies:
San Juan worms in a variety of sizes and colors (#14-16 tan, rusty & shell pink above the bridge, #12-8 Pink, Red, & Purple), #8-12 Pine Squirrel Leeches (Natural, Rust, & Brown) #8-12 Black or Brown Hothead Leeches (Pine Squirrel or Mohair below the bridge), #10-16 UV Reef Sticker, #8-12 Scubs (orange, olive, tan, grey, pink.) #16-18 Juju Baetis, JR’s BWO nymph, & Barr’s Emergers as well as any Midge pattern #16-18 if you have to go to smaller flies.
Documents Required: State ID or Drivers License to purchase a WY Fishing License. All water-crafts required to purchase aquatic invasive species permit online through Wyoming Game & Fish or a licensed selling agent.
Miracle Mile Fly Fishing Guides
We love to guide trips on the Miracle Mile more than any other guide service in Wyoming. Cowboy Drifters has ALWAYS been a 365 day a year fly fishing outfitter. I have been fishing the Miracle Mile for decades and Cowboy Drifter Guides are locals (not out-of-staters like other outfitters here). We all have grown up fishing the Mile. While it’s a destination trip for others it’s just a hop, skip, and jump for us. We take pride in that special fishery and our experience and knowledge is unbeatable. We prove every single year that the late fall and winter is the BEST time to fish the North Platte River (which includes the Miracle Mile.) So, while other Fly Shops and Outfitters are closing down for the year and guides leaving the state, Cowboy Drifters is guiding trips on the Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon, and the Grey Reef. When we aren’t guiding we are fishing, bettering ourselves, and learning something new to provide EVERY client the best opportunity at the trip of a lifetime. For more about a guided float, wade or 2 handed spey trip on the Miracle Mile, please give us a call at 307-331-2031.