Conditions have remained very stable on the Gray Reef upstream of Casper, Wyoming. Warmer temps and windier conditions opened up miles of new water down river, gave me blisters, and caused some of the tributaries such as Ledge Creek (on the Gray Reef to Lusby float) to start flowing and add some color to the water.
Small numbers of rainbows have begun to stage themselves on and near shelves, preparing to start the annual spawn. Some Redds are beginning to look clean and polished. I’ve been targetting feeding fish in deep slower water. Nymph rigs featuring eggs, annelids, scuds, leeches, or midges have all been consistent producers. Smaller natural patterns and colors have been my go to.
Streamer fishing has slowed down from its winter peak but can still tie you into some nice browns. Medium to large sized streamers brown/cream and olive/chartreuse.
And no, the hopper fishing is not here yet…
By: Tony English, CD Guide
As always, keep the WGFD happy by getting your Wyoming Fishing Licenses HERE. Visiting boaters, don’t forget to stop at Port Of Entry for your 2020 Aquatic Invasive Species Stickers, the Game and Fish will likey be at the Gray Reef boat ramp checking regularly beginning in the next week or two. There has been an increase of boat traffic on the Reef in the last 2 weekends as the temps are on the rise.
Call ahead 307-331-2031 for other up to date river and road conditons. River conditions will start changing quickly as the weather changes and Spring settles in. We’re happy to help.
If you’re in the area, stop by the shop at the Lusby Public Access for the most simplified North Platte River-geared selection of flies and streamers and the largest selection of TroutBeads in town.
STAY TUNED FOR AN UPDATE ON THE ANNUAL BUREAU OF RECLAMATION SPRING FLUSH OF THE GRAY REEF….