Miracle Mile Guide Reports from August 21, 2022- Brad Nicol
Miracle Mile August 20 530 cfs Shane and I had a good day on the Mile. My “client” happened to by my father and Shane fished Rudy and Rebecca, my fathers friends. Tiny tricos in the morning had fish feeding near the surface. The river fished well all day except for a short lull from 12-2pm. After that they really turned on. Plenty of fish landed and a few lost. Caddis were present throughout the afternoon. Our rigs were setup with worms all day and that produced about half of the fish while smaller bugs were the remainder. Top flies of the day were an olive Top Secret Midge, Mayhems, Mcgrubers and caddis. Although there were a number of boats we fished until 6pm and had the river to ourselves. Great day with great people
. This past weekend (8/12-8/15/22)we had some super serious thunderstorms roll through from about Thursday to Monday. It dumped. We haven’t had rain in a while, and we got a bunch. While that might be good for the country overall, it did not help the fishing. River turned to chocolate milk. Scrambling and grinding away for a couple of days. Good news the river will clear up and that event is in the rearview mirror. Onward and just a blip in the radar.
Prior to that rain event, we have been hitting a lot of different sections of the North Platte. There are a lot of options to float around here and it is nice to take advantage, spread out and mix up the scenery. It has been a little of this and a little of that as far as flies and techniques. On the nymph rigs we have been running worms (San Juan, squirmies etc.), crawdad patterns (Zirdle Bugs, ClawsR Us, and even brown Pat’s Rubber legs) mixed with bugs (RS2’s, breadcrust, midge patterns, etc.). Mixing it up and day to day figuring out what’s working best. Some sections throwing streamers are picking up fish. A little bit of hopper/ dropper or straight hopper. Not a ton of hoppers around. For those that just like dries either being diligent looking and waiting till you see working fish and then going after them. Or dry fly types accepting that dries might not be the hottest ticket in town and there might be some down time between eats. That is just the way you want play the game. Can’t watch a hopper eat if you don’t throw them. The dry game is more strategic to timing on when they “should/could” be up ( early and later in the day) and being in the types of water you would expect them to be working which may or may not be what the same water you are targeting to nymph. But if it’s not happening, go back to mixing up tactics. Mix and match, grind them out, try different things or even different sections of the river.
September and fall fishing are right around the corner. One of our favorite times of the year. Stay tuned. If you want to get in on the action give a call and we can help plan a trip.