North Platte River fishing 4/19/18

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The spawn is on! Be cautious of spawning trout and give them their space.  Avoid wadding and fishing in the reds.  Which is that shallow water where the gravel is cleaned and has fish all over it.  Our wild fisheries depend on a successful spawn so leave them alone.

Season outlook:

Right now the tail waters look to be in great shape as all of the reservoirs are near full.   We expect big water this spring on all tail water sections of the North Platte.  Which makes for some great float fishing.  On the upper our snow pack is sitting at 95% which means we probably wont have a big run off this year.  Most of the snow is in the high country, which means we will have some great spring pre-runoff fishing.

Upper North Platte fluctuating below normal

USGS flow in real time @ North gate https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000

Fishing is good to great depending on the time of the day.  Fish seem to be feeding heavy during the middle of the day.  Fishing has picked up quite a bit with the warmer days. The fish are in great shape and fighting hard.  Midges have been hatching thick on the warmer days.  Causing some heavier feeding.  The streamer bite has been there.  However, it has mostly been slow stripping and swinging.

Fishing will remain good as long as the weather remains stable.  There isn’t much low snow this year so we should be in for some great pre-runoff fishing for the next few weeks.  Weather patterns look mild so now is the time.  The numbers have been great with some bigger fish hitting the net as well.  Pressure is low right now, which makes for a unique experience not found anywhere else on the North Platte right now.

Bugs to float: Midges (griffiths nat, goober midge) Attractors (chubbys, etc)

Bugs to pull: pattern seems to be less important the whites and olives seem to be working best.

Bugs to drift:  Midges (Zebra, mayhem) Stoneflies (pats, double bead stones) annelids (san Juan, rock worm), leaches(pine squirrel)

Miracle Mile around 2,500 cfs

Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_korr.pl

The Mile has been fishing great.  The flows recently got bumped up and the fish are spreading out, the rainbows are starting to stage for the spawn.  Fish are hot, and in great shape.  The bite is solid all day long on the good days.  Midges have been hatching in good numbers and in small sizes.  The fish seem to still be near the bottom so deeper rigs have been working best.  But fish have been moving up in the water column when the bugs are thick.

The Mile will continue to fish great through out the year but the Spring is the best and our favorite time to be on the Mile, come see why.

Bugs to float: Midges (griffiths nat, goober)

Bugs to pull:   The big bugs have been good on the overcast days.  Whites and olives have been top producers.

Bugs to drift:  Midges (zebra, mayhems, ju ju) eggs (beads and globugs) stoneflies

Grey Reef 1,000cfs

Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_grar.pl

The flush is over and spring fishing is here.  While the flush can produce a lot of great fishing due to the amount of food it stirs up.  Fishing gets better and better as the fish get back into a normal routine.  The bugs will only increase causing some selective feeding which will make fishing more consistent.  The rainbows will also start to stage for the spawn. Remember there is a partial closure of the river during the month of April cable to cable is closed to fishing.

Baetis have showed up which can make for some great fishing both short emerger rigs and even dry dropper.  On the right days you may even ditch the dropper.

Bugs to float: Midges (griffiths nat, goober midge) Baetis!

Bugs to pull: pattern seems to be less important the whites and olives seem to be working best.

Bugs to drift:  Midges (Zebra, mayhem) annelids (san Juan, rock worm), leaches(pine squirrel) eggs(beads,glowbugs, etc

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