River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 230 cfs
River Statistics:
»Northgate Canyon
Current:   230 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   193 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   193 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   225 cfs
Gage Height:   2.82 ft

Winter is fast approaching up at the N. Platte, and the fishing has been good to outstanding. Crowds are always a factor here, but if you can be the first angler to work a run on a given day you'll have a shot at some nice fish. Nymphing has been far and away the most productive way to approach the Mile -- these fish don't tend to be very tippet/leader shy, so run 2-3x to your point bug, tapering down to 4 or 5x at the lightest. Worms, leeches, scuds, eggs, red annelids and mayfly nymphs/emergers such as the JuJuBaetis and PTs are some of the best options for your rig. As always, be sure to adjust your depth and weight until you find that sweet spot where you're really getting into fish. Sometimes it can be a bit of a searching game up here, but when you really get it dialed in it's feedbag on! Many of the same patterns that do well at the Mile will also pick up fish at the Reef, and the word is that the aquatic vegetation is clearing out nicely as temps drop. Streamers are always in the cards, especially on low-light days, and are a fun way to probe for some of the real monsters that inhabit in this system. Good streamer options include the White Mini Dungeon, the Articulated Goldie, and the Sparkle Minnow. A smaller streamer such as the N. Platte Spider can be very effective trailed behind a larger streamer in a dual setup. Be sure to check the weather/call the shop before heading up here, as the infamous Wyoming wind can sometimes almost be your biggest obstacle when fishing the N. Platte.

Report Updated On: 11/17/2017
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