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The Grey Reef tail water is an excellent trout fishery. Clear, cool water from the reservoir maintains optimum water temperatures for trout populations and year round fishing opportunities.

Aug 21,2014

Grey Reef to Government Bridge

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Water flow: View Flowchart 1,500 cfs
Visibility: Clearing
Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F
Water condition: Floating moss
Best time of day to fish: Morning
Best stretch: Grey Reef to Lusby
Best access point: Pete’s Draw
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: PMD’s, Tricos, Sallies, Caddis


“Must-have” fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Hickey’s Auto Emerger PMD 18
JR’s Flashback Emerger Grey 18,20
Ugly Bug Red Rock Worm Red 16
Idyl’s Tailwater Tiny Green 18
Clouser CrayFish Tan 10
Idyl’s Tailwater Tiny Black,Olive 20
San Juan Worm Red,Purple 12
Ugly bug Skinny Leech Natural 10
Mercer’s Poxyback PMD 16,18
Mayhem Midge BWO, PMD 16, 18, 20


Fishing season: January-December
Recommended fly fishing leader: 7 1/2 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9 Foot 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout WF
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Tip

Not much has changed as far as the fishing.  Flows are reduced to 1,500 at the Reef with clearing water and floating moss.  Top bugs have been pheasant tails, leeches, foam post rs2′s, crayfish, and caddis stuff.  The upper river is on the mend but floating and standing moss have made it difficult to get clean drifts.  Government Bridge down the river is still cloudy but much less floaties to contend with.  Cooler weather is in the forecast with temps possibly dropping into the 70′s.

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