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2019 season Outlook
We are currently at 123% snow pack which is great. Meteorologist are calling for a cool wet spring. The upper river is starting to ice out. We hope to have float-able water very soon. The Mile and Reef both being tailwaters are flowing and fishing great. We have been focusing all of our trips on the tailwaters while we wait for conditions to change in Saratoga. The Spawn is on be mindful of spawning trout. Give them room and avoid the temptation to go after them. There are plenty of other fish in the river!
Upper North Platte Low
USGS flow in real time @ Northgate ICE https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000
Fishing is good to great. There is still lots of shelf ice. So be careful if you are going wade fishing, All sections are still holding ice, however, that should change soon. There have been solid midge hatches on the sunny days and ocasionally bringing a few to the surface. The big and small stuff is working the best. Fish seem to be eagerly eating at times and at others looking for the small stuff.
Bugs to float: Midges (griffiths nat, goober midge) Attractors (chubbys, etc)
Bugs to pull: Thin mints, buggers (olive,black, white) try slowing down your strip. The swing has also been producing great at times.
Bugs to drift: Midges (Zebra, mayhem) StonefliIes (pats, double bead stones) annelids (san Juan, rock worm), leaches(pine squirrel) Eggs(beads and other bukakee).
Miracle Mile 500
Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_korr.pl
The Mile has been fishing great. Flows are still down low at the minimum flow. Baetis are starting to show up and will make for some fun fishing in the coming weeks.We expect the Mile to have big flows this spring. That is a great thing for floating and fishing. Big flows spread the fish out and make for a fun time! Resident trout are starting to move up on gravel and spawn. The big lake trout have yet to be seen but should be arriving shortly. Remember there are plenty of fish in the runs eating.
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) PMDs (hares ear, PTs, split case)stoneflies
Grey Reef 500cfs
Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_grar.pl
same conditions at the reef. More blue wings….