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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 25,2014

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

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Easter with heavy baskets full of goodies.  It was a crazy busy weekend, on Saturday it sounded like it was down right silly with everyone finding fish.  Baetis are really starting to show up every day with some pods of fish sipping dries.  With this stint of above average temps that we have had has caused several creeks to really push some sediment and color into the river, especially Bolton and Bates creek.  As the runoff subsides we should start to see some clearing of the lower river.

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