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Fly Fishing On The North Platte River In
From the southern state line of Wyoming to Seminoe
Reservoir, the North Platte River flows ninety miles
through canyons and wide valleys. The most popular
area is located from the Wyoming - Colorado state line
down to the town of Saratoga. Access is available where
the stream runs through Medicine Bow National Forest.
Below that it runs through mostly private land but there
is still plenty of access. Fly fishing the North Platte River
varies from section to section.
All of the uppermost section lies in very remote
country. The river flows through steep canyons with a lot
of fast flowing pocket water and even some white water.
It can be floated in places using small portable
watercrafts but there are no launches in the uppermost
area. Since the river is a pure freestone stream, its flows
vary greatly with the rain and snowfall.
The lower half of the stream down to Saratoga flows
through ranch bottom land and looses its fast water,
canyon like appearance. It flows through long pools with
riffles and runs. There are sections with islands in the
river and cottonwood trees grow along the banks.
Floating becomes more popular in this area.
Below the town of Saratoga the river changes character
again. It flows through the high plains desert with sage
brush. The river has some very long flats. The trout are
mostly rainbows and cutthroat trout in this section. In
general, the sections nearest Saratoga fishes better
than the sections nearest Lake Seminole. The lowest
section isn't as popular and probably don't contain as
many trout but it has some very large ones.
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You can fish the river any day of the year
unless it is iced over.
Fly fishing the North Fork of the Platte River
is very limited during the winter due to ice.
Spring is good after the ice melts but before
the runoff from about March 1 until April 30th.
Fly Fishing Guide to North Platte River in
The methods and techniques depend largely on the
stream levels.The fishing depends greatly on the
particular area of the stream you are fishing because
the river undergoes several changes and consist of a
variety of different types of water. In the uppermost
part within the state of Wyoming, in the Medicine Bow
Forest and down to the Bennett Peak Campground
area, the river runs through canyons where the
declination in elevation is steep and theres a lot of
fast water and even rapids. The stream has some
huge size boulders and plenty of pocket water.
Attractor flies work fairly well in this part of the river.
This entire section is open to the public to fish but
difficult to access in some areas. Below the Bennett
Peak Campground, the river flows through private
property. Access is available at the Campground and
downstream near the Treasure Island near the
Encampment River confluence.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 line size
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
In the foothills and ranch land areas the river
slows down and becomes wider. The
Encampment River increases the volume of
water. There are long pools with
interconnection riffles and runs. There are
few public access areas but even so the
stream sees more anglers. The trout average
a larger size in this section and hatches are
abundant. During the larger hatches, it may
become necessary to match the hatch.
Below Saratoga, the stream leaves the ranch
land and flows through the high desert. The
fish become less plentiful the farther you fish
below Saratoga but they still average a large
size. The best part of the river is the section
immediately below Sarotaga. Drift boat fishing
is very popular in this area of the river.
Streamers often offer a good option in
the lower river section due to the fact the
water often becomes slightly stained or
off color. The fish tend to be found
concentrated in certain areas rather than
dispersed evenly and continuously. It
usually take some effort in locating the
fish in this part of the river. The water
can slow down even more in some areas
of the lower section of the river. The
smooth flows can become a little tricky to
fish during at times, especially during the
North Platte River Hatches and Trout
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insects and other foods at the particular time
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insects in the North Platte River and in all
stages of life that are applicable to fishing. If
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The hatches vary some depending on the
section of the river but the insects listed below
are plentiful throughout most of the stream
from its headwaters to its lower section. During
the early season, before runoff, the main
hatches consist of Western March Browns and
Blue-winged Olives. The BWOs can start as
early as March but April usually is the most
consistent time for the hatch to begin. There's
also a Fall hatch of the BWOs. It usually takes
place from late September and throughout
most of the month of October.
Of course, midges will work well anytime the
water is too cold for most other insects.
There's also plenty of small black winter
stoneflies that hatch in the early season, even
when there's snow on the ground.
You will find some hatches of Salmonflies
become to come off in early July in the fast
water sections of the river. Sometimes the
runoff effects the fishing conditions during the
hatch and on other years it misses it. It all
depends on the snowpack. LIttle Yellow
Stoneflies are also plentiful in some areas in
late July and early August. Within a week or
two of the end of the Salmonfly hatch in July,
you will usually find Golden Stoneflies
beginning to hatch. The hatch last into the
month of August, depending on the location on
Both the Salmonflies and Golden
Stoneflies start hatching in the lower
section and move upstream as the days
The first caddisflies to hatch are the
Little Black Caddis, called the Mothers
Day hatch in most places in the West.
This hatch starts in the lower section of
the river in late April and last about a
month. In late June and early July,
there's plenty of Spotted Sedges that
begin to hatch. These are the most
plentiful of the caddisflies and the
different species hatch throughout most
of the Summer.
The next most important caddisfly hatch
are the Green Sedges. They hatch from
May through August, depending on the
species. Imitations of the Green Rock
Worms, or their larvae, work year-round.
In late June, usually before the runoff
ends, Pale Morning Duns will start
hatching. There are a few Green Drakes
that hatch but the numbers are usually
fairly low. There are also some Flavs, or
Small Western Green Drakes, but the
numbers of them are relatively low.
The PMD hatch will last most of the
summer and is the most consistent
mayfly hatch. In some areas of the fast
water you will find some Pink Ladies that
hatch in late August and September.
Late Summer, in August and September,
terrestrials will play an important role in
the trout's diet. Don't forget imitations of
grasshopper, ants and beetles.
The fishing is great from about mid June
for the next couple of months due to the
Float fishing can be limited because of low
water levels but the fishing is good for
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Headlines: The river is still in good
shape from a stream levels
standpoint but the water is very cold
with some slush and bank in several
places. Midges are the main insects
you need to imitate. Winter
stoneflies are also hatching. Keep
track of the latest information by
clicking the above link to our North
Platte River fly fishing report.
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01/05/16 The North Platte is very cold with lots of ice around the banks and anywhere the
water is still. The average water temperature is about 36 degrees. That makes is very tough
to catch trout. We recommend either the MM or Gray R. tailwaters at this time. They are
01/19/16 The weather isn't that bad at all, with air temperatures above freezing most of the
time. The water is cold though, and that's where the trout are lying almost dormant. Water
temperatures are barely above freezing in most places. Fish on of the two tailwaters
01/28/16 The water temperature is barely above freezing and in many places, frozen. Simply
put, the North Platte River is still too cold to be worth fishing. We recommend the Miracle Mile
or the Gray Reef instead.
02/03/16 Simply put, the water is just too cold to attempt to catch trout. The average water
temperature is about 33 degrees and the air temperature isn't going above freezing for the
next week. We are recommending the two tailwaters downstream.
02/10/16 It will get into the forties a few days this coming week with no chance of rain or
snow. This may bring the water temperature up enough to be worth fishing. Right now it is
around 33 degrees with lots of ice along the banks and some slush ice in the water.
02/17/16 Warmer than normal weather continues for North Platte Country but the warm air
keeps melting snow in the watershed and cooling down the water. It is staying just above
freezing most areas. Midges are about the only logical choice if you do choose to fish.
03/10/16 The weather continues to be unseasonably warm and melting snow and ice in the
watershed. It is almost like a runoff common in June but not quite that drastic. The water is
still in the mid thirties and the water stained. We don't recommend fishing at this time.
03/17/16 The warm weather has finally come to an end and returned to a more normal early
spring pattern than it has been the past two weeks. The warm air did little to change the
water because it created a mini-runoff and kelp the water temperature stained and cold.
03/27/16 The water has finally warmed up enough to get the USGS gauge we use to show
water levels working again. The flows are a little high right now and the water still very cold,
just barely above freezing. There isn't much opportunity at this time, but it won't be long
before the river gets into good shape.
04/14/16 The North Platte is blown out. It is high and dirty through out its length from the
headwaters to the first lake. You will have to watch the levels but we think it will be a while
dropping and clearing. There is rain or snow forecast through next Monday.
04/21/16 The river is still flowing very high and stained. There is more rain coming and we
don't think it will drop to a level that provides a decent chance to catch trout anytime soon.
You will just have to watch the levels. The water is still cold with it averaging around 44
04/28/16 The river is very high, or in fact, blown out. It is mostly from melting snow and rain
from the previous week's warm weather. It is returning to a more normal weather pattern this
coming week. There won't be much opportunity for fly fishing this coming week.
05/02/16 The stream level is still high and stained and from the looks of the weather forecast
this coming week, it most likely will stay that high or higher. There is rain in the forecast
everyday next week. The Mother's Day hatch or Little Black Caddis hatch, is next but we
don't think it will happen this week.
05/05/16 The river is still blown out from runoff. Remember, this water comes from some very
high elevation in the Rockies from northern Colorado and takes a while to warm up and
clear. You will just have to continue to check this report and the stream levels to see when
there is much opportunity to fish.
05/25/16 The river is in a rage, with high, muddy and cold water. It's called the spring runoff
and something else to see, but something not to fish. When all this get over, you can look for
some big trout slowly sipping your little dry flies and leaping in the air trying to get away
before you can take a smiling picture.
06/02/16 The flows are not all that high right now, but too high to fish. They will increase big
time this coming week with the much warmer weather expected. There isn't going to be any
opportunity for fly fishing within the next two week for sure, and probably more.
06/09/16 Yikes, the river is a site to see but not to fish. There are twelve foot seas....well, I'm
joking but it is high and a raging mess and that's normal at his time of the year. It is a good
thing in the seen it means there is a good snow pack that will keep the water cool and flowing
this summer and fall.
06/16/16 he stream levels are falling. There is no rain in the forecast this coming week to
add to the runoff water. The stream levels are still very high and the river not worth fishing.
We hope the runoff comes to an early end. At least it seem to start early this year but it all
depends on the weather.
06/23/16 The river fell a lot this past week and is down to the 4000 cfs range but needs to
come down a lot more. It is clearing us some but still stained. We don't think it is worth fishing
yet, but will be soon. There is little to no rain in the forecast for the coming week to add to
the flows. Certainly, it will be getting close within another week or two.
07/07/16 The river has dropped down to a good level just a little on the high side. It can be
fished from drift boats but isn't safe to wade in most places yet. There are a lot of insects
hatching and our customers reported catching some good numbers of fish in the upper part
of the river the past couple of days. The levels will continue to fall and get better each day.
07/07/16 Our customers sent in some very good reports this past week. They are catching
trout in all sections of the river including the canyon. The stream levels are still in good
shape, with mostly clear water. There is a lot of insects hatching, including three species of
stoneflies, lots of caddis and a few mayflies. It varies from section to section.
07/14/16 The stream level is way down from last week, with water low enough to allowing
wading in some places it normally doesn't. There are many different species of insects
hatching but they vary from the headwaters through the canyon to the fist lake in the system.
This is as good as this river gets at this time of the year. The water is likely to go even lower
with no rain forecast.
07/21/16 The river is in great shape with good stream levels and clear water throughout its
length. There are a large number of hatches taking place including Green drake, Pale
Morning duns, Yellow Quills, Spotted and Green sedges, little Yellow stoneflies, Golden
stoneflies and more. They do vary depending on the section of water you fish.
07/28/16 We received two more good reports this past week. They were fishing the
uppermost section of the river. It is in decent shape from the upper river downstream to the
first lake but the water is getting low. There are still plenty of hatches but they vary greatly
with the section of the river you may be fishing.
08/04/16 The weather is going to be just a little cooler this coming week. The water levels
are even lower but there is rain in the forecast from Friday through the weekend. Fish the
uppermost section of the river. It is best to fish mornings as the water temperature gets too
warm in the afternoons.
08/11/6 The river remains in good shape stream level wise. The weather will be a little cooler
this week. We still recommend fishing the upper most sections of the river. There are still a
lot of hatches taking place including Pale Morning duns, two species of caddisflies and lots of
little Yellow stoneflies. Fish early mornings and late afternoons for the best results.
08/18/16 The weather is going o be a little cooler this coming week and that will help keep
the water temperature down in better shape. There are still many hatches taking place but
they vary with the elevations and section of water being fished. Caddisflies are hatching
everywhere and in large numbers. Fish as late in the day as possible. That is when the egg
laying takes place.
08/25/16 The stream levels are low, but not too low to fish. Large drift boats may have
problems in some areas. We recommend fishing the upper sections of the river, all the way
up to the Colorado state line. The water is cooler and more hatches are taking place. Of
course, hiking is required to reach some of the better sections.
09/01/16 The river is a little low but still in good shape. There's enough water to float it in
drift boats. The low levels allows wading in some areas you normally couldn't wade. The
hatches continue to go good. There are a lot of caddisflies but other species like the Little
Yellow stoneflies, Tricos in the slow sections and other insects. Terrestrial imitations are
09/08/16 Remember, this is a very diverse river, with lots of different types of water. Right
now, it is in good shape in all sections. In general, the uppermost water can be waded and
the lower sections of water is best fished from a drift boat. Our customers did well over the
last long weekend. Good numbers of trout were caught and large ones were taken in the
early mornings on streamers.
09/15/16 The river is flowing just a little below normal levels for this time of the year. Our
customers are sending in some very good reports. Some are fishing the upper part by hiking
in and one the lower section from a drift boat. Terrestrials are working but there are still
plenty of hatches taking place. Mahogany duns have just begin to hatch. There are lots of
caddisflies in all sections.
09/22/16 The stream levels are in good shape but rising. There is rain forecast through
Saturday and they may come up some more, so keep a check on them. October Caddis are
starting to hatch. There are lots of caddisflies and some baetis Blue-winged olives. Our
customers are catching good numbers of trout.
09/29/16 The North Platte rarely gets in any better shape than it is right now. The stream
levels are about normal for this time of the year and there are some major fall hatches
taking place. October Caddis are everywhere. Blue-winged olives and Mahogany duns are
hatching good. Our brown sculpin streamers are working good when there's some cloud
10/13/16 The stream levels are still in great shape, running about normal levels for this time
of the year. October Caddis have been hatching good for the past two weeks. Blue-winged
olives and Mahogany duns are hatching good as well and our customers are catching lots of
trout. The conditions are ideal and you couldn't pick a better time to fish the river.
10/20/16 The river is flowing at a good level and our customers are catching lots of trout
including some big ones. The Brown sculpin is catching the pre-spawn brown trout good.
Some are already beginning to spawn. Please don't wade through the redds. October caddis
are still hatching and Blue-winged olives hatche are going good, especially when it is
10/27/16 The weather is beautiful and it is nice and warm. There are some wind warnings out
and that makes it tough. Blue-winged olives are hatching very good but the wind will blow
them off the water in a hurry. Things should settle down by the middle to the end of the
coming week. Sculpin streamers continue to catch some of the pre-spawn browns.
11/03/16 Stream levels are about the same, actually rising as I write this but there isn't any
more rain in the forecast for the next week. Conditions should remain the same. We deleted
terrestrials and some other insects from the fly list. We did add midge which will become
more and more important.
11/10/16 The river is in good shape with good stream levels running about normal levels.
The water is clear and Blue-winged olives are hatching good. Cream midges are also
plentiful. Our customers have been catching good numbers of trout in the upper and middle
sections of the river. The forecast for next week looks good.
11/17/16 The river is still in good shape with good stream levels. The weather is turning
much cooler and that is going to drop the water temperature down a lot the next few days.
Midges and Blue-winged olives will become the main insects to imitate. The sculpin streamer
fly patterns, like our Brown and white Belly sculpin, have been catching some big trout.
11/24/16 The stream levels are up and too high to do any wading but fine for drift boats. The
upper section of the river is the preferred section at this time. The canyon is to swift. Blue-
winged olives and midges, creams and reds, are the only insects hatching. The brown
sculpin streamer has been the most effective fly for the past month.
12/01/16 The water temperature in most parts of the river is down to the high thirties. You
would be much better off fishing the Gray Reef or Miracle Mile, which are tailwaters on the
North Platte River. Midges are about the only thing hatching at this time. Keep track of the
latest information by clicking the above link to our North Platte River fly fishing
12/08/16 We don't recommend fishing the North Platte freestone section at this time. The
USGS gauge is frozen. The water temperature is down to the freezing level. Ice is around
most of the banks. You would be much better off fishing the Gray Reef or Miracle Mile, which
are tailwaters on the North Platte River.
12/15/16 The river is flowing a little below normal and cold. It isn't going to be quite as cold
as it was this past week but still cold. The water temperature is about 36 degrees at the
highest. Midges and Winter stoneflies are the only insects hatching. Cream and Red midges
are plentiful. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem for the best results.
12/22/16 We are having a difficult time recommending fishing in the North Platte at this time.
There is a lot of slush ice in the water and deep snow and ice on the banks. The water is off
color near the banks. You can catch trout on midge imitations but it isn't going to be exactly
easy. Falling in would very dangerous.
12/29/16 We are not about to say you can't catch trout or that the water is too cold. It is very
cold and we will say it won't be easy. Fish midges, creams and or reds, in the slack current.
Rig the larva and pupa in tandem with the pupa the top fly for the best results.
01/05/17 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week, and most likely
because it was very cold with lots of slush ice and few fished. The weather should warm back
up some starting Sunday and the first of next week looks good. Midges and Winter stoneflies
are the only insects hatching.
01/12/17 The weather is going to be a little warmer this coming week, but not above the
freezing mark. There is a lot of ice in the water, even in the lower section of the river. We do
not recommend fishing until the water warms at least two or three degrees and gets rid of the
01/19/17 There is a lot of ice in the water and the road conditions are not good. There is
more snow forecast and we don't think it is a good idea to fish the freestone section of the
North Platte under these conditions. Fish the two tailwaters downstream (Gray Reef and
01/26/17 The river is okay from a stream level standpoint but very cold. There is lots of ice
along the banks and slush ice in the water. It isn't going above freezing this coming week, so
this isn't going to change. We do not recommend fishing under these conditions. Fish the
two tailwaters downstream (Gray Reef and Miracle Mile).
02/02/17 The river is in good shape stream level wise, just very cold. The lower sections of
the river are slightly warmer. Fish Cream or Red midges. Winter stoneflies are also hatching.
Fish the midge larva and pupa in tandem. Fish the Winter stonefly nymphs late in the day
near the banks. They crawl out of the water at night to hatch.
02/09/17 The North platte is on the way up and high as I am writing this. There is more rain
and melting snow through Saturday, so the levels are likely going to be much higher. It will
take a few days for this to clear back up. When it first clears some but is still high, Streamers
like the Black Matuka sculpin usually work good, otherwise, midges are the choice flies.
02/16/17 Finally, there is a good week of relatively warm weather ahead. There is little rain
or snow in the forecast. There is still a lot of ice in the water, but the warmer weather should
help get rid of some of it. Of course, it will also melt snow on the banks and help keep the
water temperature down. Midges and Winter stoneflies are the only insects hatching.
02/23/17 The warmer weather was nice for a change but it is back to the normal wintertime
weather pattern and very cold. The highest temperature this coming week is 26 degrees. We
don't recommend fishing under these conditions. There will be a lot of ice in the water.
03/02/17 The weather is going to be much warmer than it has been but there is still a lot of
slush and bank or shelf ice. The weather will be mostly clear all week. Fish midges, Creams
and Reds, with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem. The pupa is the top fly and the larva
should be on the bottom. You can fish this under an indicator.
03/09/17 The weather is going to be warm this coming week. There is little chance of rain or
snow but the warm weather will be melting a lot of snow and staining the water near the
banks. Fish streamers like our Brown or Black Matuka scupin in the stained water or when it
is cloudy. Midges are still the most important insects to imitate. Fish the Cream or Red
03/16/17 If you fish the North Platte, bring your bathing suit. I'm kidding, of course, but it is
going to be very warm. This is melting a lot of snow and ice in the watershed and keeping the
water muddy and cold. If you fish, use streamers. This situation is unlikely to change much
this coming week. About all one can do now, is just watch the stream levels.
03/23/17 The USGS station is cleared of ice and working again. The flows are very high or
blown out would be a better description. There is more rain and snow in the forecast and the
warm temperatures will continue for the coming week, so we see little to no opportunity for fly
fishing. Check back with us and keep an eye on the levels. We will update this site weekly.
03/30/17 The river is still very high, too high to fish in any section. It is falling and hopefully
will continue to fall and get back in decent shape. The weather needs to turn cold for that to
happen. All you can do is check back with us and check on the levels. Fishing should be
good when it get back down to near 700 cfs or lower.
04/06/17 The river is down a lot but still running a little high, too high to wade safely in most
places. There is rain and snow a couple of days this coming week, otherwise clear. We
expect the river to continue to drop and get into better shape. The water is still cold but it
won't be long before spring hatches begin.
04/13/17 The North Platte is gradually getting warmer. Hatches of light Green midges, little
Blue-winged olives and Skwala and little Browns stoneflies are taking place. The stream
levels is down just a little above normal. Some sections could even be waded. The water
ranges from slightly stained to clear. This coming week should be a very good one.
04/20/17 The stream levels are back up too high to wade. There are hatches of Skwala and
little Brown stoneflies taking place. There are a few little Blue-winged olive hatches, lots of
light Green and Cream midges, and some little Black Caddis. There is some more rain and
snow in the forecast. You willl just have to keep an eye on the stream levels.
04/27/17 The stream levels are still high, too high to wade safely in most places. The
weather and water is going to be a little cooler this coming week. That isn't all bad. It will slow
down the warm weather runoff. There is a chance of rain or snow everyday but one this
coming week. There are some stoneflies hatching as well as midges and some little BWOs.
05/04/17 The river is in much better shape with decent levels and much clearer water. There
are lots of insects hatching including two species of stoneflies, little Black Caddis and Blue-
winged olives. The next three days will be clear and then a chance of rain. Conditions should
remain good for at least a few days.
05/11/17 The river is flowing high again and stained. It is too high to wade safely most places
but can be fished from a drift boat. There is no rain in the forecast for the coming week.
There are still some little Black Caddis, stoneflies and some little Blue-winged olives
hatching. Sculpin streamers should work good with the higher levels.
05/18/17 The river is very high and muddy to highly stained. Runoff is underway. This is
likely to be the situation for the next several days. All you can do is to stay in touch and we
will keep you informed as to the conditions. You can also send us an email and let us help
you plan that next fishing trip. We will be happy to do that.
05/25/17 The weather was colder this past week and that slowed the runoff down. The
stream levels dropped way down and are in decent shape right now. Normally, the runoff
starts about this time of the year and goes though most of June. The weather will be a little
warmer this coming week, and the levels are likely to rise some.
06/01/17 The runoff is still underway and the stream level is far too high to wade or fish. It is
also heavily stained to muddy. This is likely to last much of the month of June. All you can do
is to check back with us. We will keep you informed. You can shoot us an email and let us
help you plan that next trip.
06/08/17 The river is blown out from runoff and likely to be in this shape for several days.
We hope it is at its peak but that is wishful thinking I guess. All you can do is keep in touch.
We will keep you posted as to the status of the runoff.
06/15/17 The river is down a lot from last week. We hope that the runoff hit its peak and is
on the way down. It usually ends by the first of the month or before. Check back with us and
maybe our next report will be a good one. You can send us an email and let us help you plan
that next trip.
06/22/17 The river is down a lot from last week, but still to high to wade or even fish, in our
opinion. It is clearing us some and should be in good shape soon but needs to come down at
least another 1000 cfs. We have added insects that are hatching and/or very near hatching
on the list on the fishing report. Now is the time to prepare for that first trip.
06/29/17 The stream levels are way down from the past week. The levels are low enough for
drift boats to fish with some good opportunity and wading is even possible in some places. It
needs to drop some more and it looks like it will continue to do just that. There are lots of
insects hatching including stoneflies, mayflies and caddisflies.
07/06/17 The river is in very good shape with stream levels that will allow anglers a lot of
wading opportunity. There are lots of insects hatching. We received two good reports this
past week. We have added terrestrials to the fly list as they could become important soon.
This coming weeks should be a very good one for fly fishing the river.
07/13/17 The river is in very good shape in all sections. Stream levels are good and the
water clear. There are lots of hatches taking place. We received two good reports from
customers this past week. Terrestrials are also beginning to work good. We don't
recommend using them in priority to anything hatching.
07/20/17 Conditions are very good. The stream levels are down and the water clear. There
are lots of insects hatching and a lot of trout are being caught. We had two reports from the
customers this past week. Some are being caught on terrestrials but we don't recommend
using them if something is hatching.
07/27/17 Excellent conditions continue to exist. The stream levels are in good shape and at
an average level. Wading is safe and easy in a few places. Drift boats are doing well. There
are lots of insects still hatching. Pale Morning duns, Spotted and Green Sedges, Trios and
08/03/17 The river is still in good shape with good stream levels in all sections. There are a
lot of insecs hatching. They vary from the upper river to the canyon, depending on the
locations. We received some good reports from anglers and customers fishing by wading
and drift boats this past week.
08/10/17 The river is on the way up from recent rain. It ends tomorrow and we think if it does
get a little high, it will fall back down in a day or two. For now, it is about a normal level in
good shape. There are still a lot of insects hatching. All sections of the river are turning out
some good catches.
08/17/17 The river is in good shape but still a good bit above a normal level. There's little
wading opportunity but drift boats are catching plenty of trout. Sculpin streamers are getting
the larger ones. There are still plenty of hatches and terrestrials are working good as well.
08/25/17 The river is in good shape with low stream levels that allow wading opportunity in
many places. There are still plenty of hatches taking place and terrestrials such as the
Japanese beetles and Carpenter ants are also working good. We received three good
reports from customers this past week.
08/31/17 The stream levels are down a little below normal and wading safe and easy in the
few places you normally can wade. Drift boats are catching lots of trout. There are still a
good number of hatches taking place and terrestrials are also working good.
09/07/17 Conditions are as good as they get at this time of the season. The stream levels
are just a little below normal. There are still some good hatches taking place and terrestrial
imitations are also working good. We received some good reports from customers fishing this
09/14/17 The stream levels are in good condition and the weather is getting colder. That
should drop the water temperature and that should help the overall condition. We had one
customer that did well this past week. It should be as good or better this coming week.
09/21/17 The river is in good shape with stream levels just a little above normal levels for this
time of the season. The water temperature is down to a good range for the trout, thanks to
the much cooler weather. We received two good reports from customers this past week.
Conditions should remain good for the coming week.
09/28/17 The stream levels are up to a better level. They are above normal for this time of
the year, but normal is low. Hatches are changing due to the cooler weather. Terrestrials
won't be around much longer. The first hard freeze gets them but that hasn't happened in
most sections of the river yet.
10/05/17 The stream levels are up too high to wade in most places. There is some more rain
and snow in the forecast for the coming week, but we don't think it will increase he levels
much, if any. There will be a hard freeze Friday night, and that should end the terrestrials.
There are some good BWO and October Caddis hatches taking place.
10/12/17 The stream is still flowing just a little above normal level. The water is a little colder
but there are plenty of Blue-winged olives and October caddis still hatching. Midges are
beginning to become a factor. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past
week but it should be good.
10/19/17 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week, but conditions
were decent. The stream levels are down to not far above normal. There would be few
places to wade but levels fine for drift boats. There are some good Blue-winged Olive
hatches taking place.
10/27/17 Stream levels are still running just a little above normal levels but wading possible
in places. These are good levels for drift boats. The water temperature is down some and
Midges are becoming more important. There are still some good Blue-winged olive hatches
11/09/17 The river is in good shape with stream levels barely above normal. Wading is
possible in a few locations. There are still plenty of Blue-winged olives and Cream and Red
midges hatching, but the October Caddis and Spotted sedges are about done for the
season. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week
11/24/17 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week. The river is
running high in all sections, too high to wade safely anywhere and too high for drift boats to
have much opportunity. The Miracle mild and Grey Reef would be a better destination.
12/02/17 Stream levels are down not far above normal. Wading may be possible in a few
places. The only hatches are Cream and Blood or red midges. We didn't receive any reports
from anyone fishing this past week.
12/16/17 The river is down to good levels normal for this time of the year and in good shape.
The water is cold, and the only thing hatching most of the time is Midges, creams and blood
midges, or re4d ones. Rig them with the larva and pupa in tandem for the best results.
01/16/18 Stream levels are a little below normal but the water is still very cold. There is a lot
of slush ice in the water and bank ice as well. All but the lowest section of the river i really
too cold to fish.
01/28/18 Conditions are a little better. With the warmer weather, there is less slush ice in the
water but only the lower section of the river is warm enough to be worthwhile fishing. Winter
stoneflies are hatching good along with the red or blood midges and cream midges.
02/02/18 The water is still very cold with lots of slush ice in most sections. It is possible to
catch trout on midges - creams and reds, or blood midges are hatching. Winter stoneflies
are also hatching.
01/09/18 The weather is clearing up some but the water temperatures will remain very cold.
The highest water temp we know of is 34 degrees. Trout can be caught on Midges, but
granted, it can be tough.
02/16/18 Currently most all of the river is very cold with lots of slush ice. It is just too cold to
fish in any section if you expect good success. I should warm up and there's some warmer
02/23/18 The river is in good shape stream level wise, but it full of slush ice in most sections.
The very lowest section may be clear of slush. Bank ice and snow is very heavy and there's
shelf ice in places. Trout can be caught in midges in the lower section but it will likely be slow.
03/02/18 The river is a little warmer but still with lots of slush and some shelf ice. While it is
possible to catch trout on midges, we recommend fishing the Gray Reef or Miracle Mile.
03/09/18 The coming few days should make a big difference in the stream. It is going to be
much warmer weather and that should get rid of a lot of ice, especially the slush ice in the
water. Midges, Sculpin and Skwala stoneflies are the most important foods to imitate.
03/16/18 The river is a little warmer than it has been. Stream levels are just a little above
normal and the water mostly clear. The USGS gauge we use is free of ice for a change.
Skwala stoneflies are starting to hatch. Midges are still the most important insects to imitate.
03/23/18 The river is flowing just a little above normal levels and mostly clear. The weather is
turning colder again or back to normal. Midges, creams and light greens, and both Winter
and Skwala stoenflies are hatching. Sculpin streamers are working good.
03/31/18 The stream levels are down to normal and the water fairly clear. It is still a little cold,
averaging about 42 degrees, but midges, Skwala stoneflies are hatching.
04/06/18 Stream levels are in good shape but the water still very cold. This coming week's
weather forecast is much better and the water should warm up a little. March Browns are
near the point of hatches with some warmer days.
04/13/18 The water is gradually getting warmer with little to no ice in the water anywhere. It is
still cold, in the low forties in most sections. Midges, little non-baetis Blue-winged olives and
Skwala stoneflies are hatching. Stream levels are normal.
04/21/18 The trees are showing lots of green and the water getting warmer and warmer. We
are hoping for some good pre-runoff, fly fishing opportunity this year and from the looks of it,
this may happen. The stream levels are a little below normal.
04/28/18 The river is flowing just a little above normal levels and mostly clear. There are
some little Blue-winged olives and still some Skwala stoneflies hatching. There is rain or
snow in the forecast almost everyday for this coming week.
05/05/18 Stream levels are still a little above normal. It may be unsafe and tough to wade in
some places, okay in others. There will be some new hatches starting up soon. The water is
getting warmer. For now, it is Blue-winged olives, midges and March Browns.
05/12/18 the river is flowing very high. In our opinion, too high to be worth fishing. All you can
do is to keep checking back with us. We will keep you informed as to the conditions.
05/19/18 The river is down some from the past week, but still high. It could be fished with a
larger drift boat. There are some hatches taking place. We expect the river to continue to
rise soon. It is getting near runoff time.
05/26/18 Stream levels are high, too high to fish. This is likely to last for several days. The
runoff is getting underway. All you can do is to stay in touch. We will keep you informed as to
the conditions. It is always great fishing opportunity as soon as the river drops and clears.
06/02/18 I'm a little surprised, but the river levels are down and the water clear and in good
shape. There are several hatches taking place. The water levels are still high but fine for
drift boats and could even be waded in a few spots.
06/09/18 The river is in good shape with levels that can be fished and the water is clear.
These are good pre-runoff conditons. There are good Blue-winged olive hatches and
Salmonfly hatches should be starting anytime now.
06/17/18 The river is in very good shape for this time of the season. Stream levels are down
and the water clear. There are multiple hatches taking place including the big stoneflies. This
coming week should be a good one.
06/23/18 Stream levels are still low but the river is in good shape otherwise. It is normally
high at this time of the season. There are lots of insects hatching and good numbers of trout
being caught by the few fishing it.
06/30/18 The stream is way down, a good bit below normal levels but fine. You can wade
some of the river and that's a good thing. There are multiple hatches taking place. The
conditions are about as good as they can get.
07/07/18 The river is in good shape with good stream levels. Keep in mind there is not a lot
of water suitable for wading in many section, rather mostly drift boats. There are still lots of
hatches taking place and trout are being caught.
07/21/18 The stream levels are way down a good bit below normal levels and wading is
possible in many places. There are some good reports coming in. Hatches are going good
but vary a lot from section to section with the different types of water.
07/28/18 The stream levels are still low but there's plenty of water for drift boats. It is
possible to wade the river in places. There are still some good hatches taking place but keep
in mind they vary greatly with the section of the river you are fishing.
08/18/18 Stream levels are very low. Wading is safe and easy and trout can still be caught in
many areas of the river. Drift boats would have a hard time in some sections. There are still
plenty of good hatches taking place. Terrestrials are also working good.
08/25/18 The river is up some from last week and in good shape. There are good hatches
taking place and trout are being caught in good numbers.
09/15/18 Conditions remain the same. The river is still running very low, too low for larger
drift boats in many sections. There are still good hatches taking place and trout are still
being caught wading. Terrestrials are also working good.
10/02/18 The cooler weather and recent rain is helping. The water has been extremely low,
too low for larger boats, but is on the way up. It is still low but there is some rain in the
forecast starting Saturday. The trout still eat. You just have to stay hidden from them to fool
10/09/18 The much colder weather took care of the terrestrials. We removed them from the
fly list. There are very good Blue-winged olive, October caddis and midge hatches taking
place. Stream levels are in good shape and normal.
10/26/18 The water temperature is down to a good level and good numbers of Blue-winged
olives are hatching along with a few other insects. We didn't receive any reports from anyone
fishing this past week, but the conditions look good for the week ahead.
12/03/18 Midges and Blue-winged olives are hatching good. Sculpin streamers are catching
some larger size trout. The water is much colder and you have to slow down and fish near
the bottom in the slower moving water.
12/25/18 The water in the river is very cold, running from freezing to about 37 at the
warmest. Midges are hatching and trout can be caught on them. Rig the larva and pupa
imitations in tandem. Fish the warmer days, if you can find any this coming week.