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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 24,2014

Miracle Mile

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Water flow: View Flowchart 1,533 cfs
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Mid day
Best stretch: Split Hole
Best access point: Below The Bridge
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Midges, Worms, Leeches, Crawdads


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

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Ugly bug Skinny Leech Brown 10
Ugly Bug Rock Worm Red 12
Tailwater Tiny Black 20
Tailwater Tiny Green 18
San Juan Worm Red 10
Ugly Bug UV Midge Black 20
Halfback Nymph Brown 12
Clouser Crayfish Brown 10
Conehead Bow River Bugger Brown 2,4
Hot Head Mohair Leech Brown 10


Fishing season: January-December
Recommended fly fishing leader: 71/2 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet Pound Test
Best fly fishing rod: 9 1/2 Foot 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout WF
Best sinking fly line: Clear Sink 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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