North Platte River fishing report 7/17/17

North Platte River fishing report near Saratoga

Flow at Northgate 350CFS changing daily by the minute

 Current flow in real time

Fishing is Hot and so is the weather!  Early on early off is the motto right now.  Tricos are just starting and the fish are starting to notice them.  The bugs are getting smaller,  midges, stones, caddis, and PMDs. are all in the mix  Lots of bugs in that size 16to 20 range.  Hoppers are starting to get going on the river.  In the coming weeks as the hay gets cut  hoppers will become more prevalent and fish will hopefully key on them.


Bugs hooking up on the Drift:s  Stoneflies(pat’s rubber legs, prince,tung teeser) worms(san Juan, Squirmy),  Tricos (PTs, zebras, RS2)

Bugs to pull:  Big bugs have been working peanut envy’s, sex dungeons etc… Fish are looking for that bigger meal.  Smaller wolly buggers are also producing.

Bugs to Float: Trico (parachutes, loop wings, spinners)  Caddis (small tan, grey and black)  Stones (stimulators, Chubbys) Hoppers!!!!


Miracle Mile flow around 1,200 cfs changing periodically


Current flow in real time

The Mile has been fishing great.  PMDs seem to be the ticket right now! The water is still big and cold, and the fish are big and hot!

Bugs hooking up on the Drift: Bugs to nymph: Leeches (brown, purple, natural), worms (san juan and rock),midges(PAL, zebra, bionic, halo), scuds (olive,tan, orange, purple) PMDs (PTs, hares ear, split case)

Bugs to pull: The big bugs have have been producing…but so have smaller ones!

Bugs to float: The big bugs have slowed down but opportunities still exist.


 Grey Reef flow around 2,000cfs 

Current flow in real time

The Reef is fishing good.   PMDs and yellow sallies are in full force! Solid nymphing and dry fly opportunity,  It is getting buggy and the fish are looking for them.   It is time to ditch the extra split shot and shorten up a little bit.

Use the same rigs as the Mile.

Any questions feel free to call us at (307)223-2042 or email

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