Upper North Platte Extremely LOW
USGS flow in real time @ Northgate 50cfs https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06620000
We are currently in a drought and the river is extremely low. Water temps are great but the water is low to low to float. Fishing remains good. Smokey conditions persist from nearby fires and others afar.
Miracle Mile 500cfs
Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_korr.pl
The Mile is fishing good to great. Winter flows are here which means the river just got a whole less smaller. Rumor has it that there may be a release here soon to maintain pool height for low reservoir power generation. The weedsare much better than they were. Thank you cold nights. However it is still out there and still can become a problem. As always it is much better to be moving with the moss! Fishing is good all day but the morning bite still seems to be best. The water color is off but big fish are on the feed. Kokanee are done running but we have been noticing a few more browns.
Bugs to float: not much happening
Bugs to pull: Thin Mints, spiders, goldee etc smaller bugs seem to be working best
Bugs to drift: Midges (zebra, mayhems, ju ju) Baetis (olive and gray rs2 mayhem )Caddis annelids( rock and san juan worms) eggs
Grey Reef 500cfs
Flow in real time https://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_grar.pl
The reef is fishing good from the dam to greyrocks. There is a bit of a moss weed problem especially above government bridge. Tricos are the main hatch with a few caddis coming off still. Also a few grasshoppers remian available. The streamer bite has been pretty solid on the lower reaches!
Bugs to float: Midges (griffiths nat, goober midge) Caddis(elk hair, x caddis) Hoppers(pink,tan, purple)
Bugs to pull: Thin mints, spiders, goldee, Rusty Trombone
Bugs to drift: Midges (Zebra, mayhem) annelids (san Juan, rock worm), leaches(pine squirrel) Caddis and tricos