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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.

Apr 20,2014

Grey Reef to Government Bridge

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Water flow: View Flowchart 500 cfs
Visibility: 24″
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Mid day
Best stretch: Grey Reef to Lusby
Best access point: Pete’s Draw
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Midges


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

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Ugly Bug Skinny Squirrel Leech Olive 10
Ugly Bug UV Midge Black 20
Ugly Bug Red Rock Worm Red 14
Idyl’s Tailwater Tiny Green 18
Clouser CrayFish Tan 10
Idyl’s Tailwater Tiny Black 20
San Juan Worm Red 12
Ugly bug Skinny Leech Natural 10
Ugly Bug Skinny Squirrel Hot Head Leech Brown 10
Hot Head Mohair Brown Brown 10


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

We are going to be having a fly fishing class that will take place on Saturday June 28th starting at 8:30 and run all day.  The cost will be $50.00 per person and some equipment will be available.  Space is limited so sign up early.  If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at the shop.

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