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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.

Sep 02,2014

Grey Reef to Government Bridge

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Water flow: View Flowchart 501 cfs
Visibility: Cloudy
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

Hoping everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend!  The river is now down to 500 cfs.  This weekend we had boats spread from the Reef to Robertson Road.  A small storm this weekend caused some discoloration issues below Lusby, but we should start to see it be on the mend.  The boats that went low came back with reports of great fishing and not much moss to contend with.  The upper river continues to fish with more floating and standing vegetation you just have to move around and find your fishing lanes.  With the cooler temps that we have experienced lately, the fishing should only continue to improve.

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