Well the river is holding steady at 450 cfs.  Fishing lately is starting to improve as we are starting to experience fall like temps (in the morning at least!)  With river lower than usual the fish seem to be spread out everywhere, but moving into the faster riffles and runs mid day.  San juan worms, jr’s emerger, foam post rs2′s in brown, gray and black are all catching fish.  It appears that the above normal conditions should be here for the week so get out and enjoy this great weather while it lasts!

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The river has dropped to 450 cfs and we had heard reports that river may even be brought down to 350.  We will keep you posted as conditions change.  We were greeted with some rain/snow mix yesterday that put a small amount of color in the river, but is already on the mend.  Fishing is starting to pick up and with great hatches of baetis just about every day.  Clients have lucky enough to run a dry dropper rig with fairly consistent success.  Top bugs have been gray rs2′s, jr emerger, crawdad, leeches and hares ears.

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Fall fishing is finally here with a vengeance!  Despite significant rainfall and less than perfect conditions in several sections of the river, the North Platte is still producing some great fishing.  The lower river is really starting to shine with welcome dry fly and streamer fishing.  Although, many locals know how good the fishing can be through and below town, folks not familiar are getting some good exposure to these waters with our guides as well as other outfitters in the area.  Oftentimes the lower river is neglected due to the notoriety the Grey Reef section gets.  Conditions on the lower river can sometimes be a bit more fickle, but this year it is staying a bit cleaner and more consistent.  Not to say the upper river isn’t fishing, there is simply a little more moss to contend with the higher you go on the river.  Besides that, for those of you familiar with the North Platte, it’s no secret it truly shines as a nymphery.  Fall fishing breaks that tradition with improved dry fly fishing and streamer fishing.  The quality of many of the fish on the lower river can be every bit as good as the upper and they are very bit as strong and active as their upper river brothers and sisters.  So, if you are interested in getting to know a bit of the river a little less traveled, one of our guides would love to give you a tour.  Call the Ugly Bug Flyshop to book your fall fishing trip now (307)234-6905.

Sarah Hurzeler

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We were greeted with a lovely cold front yesterday morning with some rain throughout the day that added a little tint to river.  The temps seemed to fluctuate which had the fish a bit confused. We are finally starting to see some more baetis with a solid blanket hatch yesterday afternoon.  Top nymphs have been crayfish, hares ears, pheasant tails, juju baetis, gray rs2′s and tailwater tiny’s.  As of late we have been seeing consistent hatches with plenty of hungry fish to greet them.  Fall is here so take advantage of some great streamer, dry fly, and nymph fishing!

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Fishing keeps improving everyday as we are starting see steady and consistent hatches of pseudos, tricos and a few residual pmd’s as well.  Dry fly opportunities are definitely available just about every morning.   This last cold spell has started to break up some of the moss creating a few more floaties to contend with, but the lower on the river you go the less you seem to encounter.  Top bugs yesterday were tail water tiny’s in rust, pheasant tails, trico and rusty spinners, along with foam post rs2′s.

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