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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.

Jul 28,2014

Grey Reef to Government Bridge

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Water flow: View Flowchart 2,500 cfs
Visibility: Clearing
Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F
Water condition: Cloudy
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: 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

Fishing as of late has been nothing short of great.  We have had some great conditions that have given us the option to throw dries, nymphs, and streamers.  Consistent hatches of tricos, pmds, sallies, and caddis have provided a buffet for these healthy trout.  Trico spinners, pulsating emergers, cdc pmds, and various sally patterns seem to be the top bugs.

Carp fishing is really starting to heat up with lots of shots at rising carp every morning.  By mid day the fish seem to transition to tailing for food which helps work on your flats fishing for your upcoming bonefish trip.  This is something that everyone needs to come out and experience.  There are so many fish and no one else around.  Give us a call and take advantage of having a chance to cast to 10lb plus fish on dries!

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