North Platte River fishing report near Saratoga
Flow at Northgate CFS changing daily by the minute
Current flow in real time http://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000
Fishing is Good soon to be Great. The water is currently big. But pretty darn clear and the fish are eating. Streamer fishing is good and so is the nymphing. Bigger water is allowing us to cover some ground on our floats.
Fish seem to be pretty spread out and feeding opportunistically. Caddis and baetis are still hatching but the big bugs are coming soon!
Bugs hooking up on the Drift: Stoneflies(pat’s rubber legs, prince,tung teeser) worms(san Juan, Squirmy), baetis(pts, rs2s) midges(zebra,pal,ADM)
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: Baestis (parachute adams) Midges(goober,griffith’s nat) Caddis
Miracle Mile flow around 1,500 cfs changing periodically
Current flow in real time http://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/hydromet_dayplt.pl?kowy&q
The Mile has been fishing great. Midge hatches have been solid on the warmer days, fish seem to to be moving around looking for them. Scuds have been great in the upper reaches. The streamer bite is getting better with the increase in flow!
Fish near the bottom of the river and bottom and top of the holes. Fish have been spreading out and moving up in the column as the beatis have become abundant, especially on those rainy cloudy days. But fishing near bottom will produce all day.
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) eggs(Mottled, and blood dots) Baetis (Rs2, juju, pts)
Bugs to pull: The big bugs have have been producing…but so have smaller ones!
Bugs to float: Some baetis opportunity
Grey Reef flow around 2,000cfs
Current flow in real time http://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/hydromet_dayplt.pl?gdwy&q_i
The Reef is fishing good. Rainbows are post spawn and putting on the feed bag. It is getting buggy and the fish are looking for them. Baetis and midges are hatching in good numbers, and the fish are keying in on them. It is time to ditch the extra split shot and shorten up a little bit.
Use the same rigs as the Mile.