Trip Lead: Frank Vigil
Dates: May 8 – 10, 2020
Participants: 8 (6 participants & 2 volunteers)
LODGING: We will be staying at The Inn at Alcova. It is approximately 20 miles from The Miracle Mile. This is the closest lodging available. We will have two cabins which sleep four people each. The North Platte River runs right by the cabins, through Alcova and right into Grey Reef Reservoir. The “cabins” are very modern and comfortable.
THE FISHERY: Includes Rainbows, Browns, Cuttbows, Cuttthroats and an occasional Walleye. The Mile is actually about seven miles of river but typically the first three miles of the river down from Kortes Dam are the most productive for wade fishing. Wading can go from extremely difficult to very easy. The river typically flows around 2500 cfs. The cfs can vary on an hourly basis, which means that you can visibly notice the flows increasing or decreasing throughout the day depending on how much water they are releasing from Kortes Dam. Use extreme caution while wade fishing by keeping an eye on the water fluctuation. There is very little dry fly opportunity unless you are really good at identifying the hatch. Even so, you really don’t see the fish feeding a lot on the surface.
FLIES: Midges and chrominids will be your best bet. BWO midges, Rainbow Warrior, Rs2, Zebra, WD-40, Disco, Top Secret…. You get it. A very wide variety of midges. Size 18-22. Juju Beatis, Pheasant Tails, San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, Streamers and Stone flies are very good go to flies. The insect base in this river is incredibly wide spread so the trout can be real picky.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: THIS IS A WADE ONLY TRIP! The weather can change very quickly in this location so be prepared. The water temperature is VERY cold because it is a tailwater so be very prepared for that. I recommend 2X or 3X because you can get into some VERY big fish and the river has a very strong current on the first three miles below the dam. There is not any private water on this stretch of the North Platte so you can fish both sides of the river anywhere your heart desires.
***This trip is sponsored by Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing***