River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: -999999 cfsCurrent Temp: 30°F 
River Statistics:
»Northgate Canyon
Current:   -999999 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   -999999 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   -999999 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   -999999 cfs

Upper Platte is slowing, and starting to see ice lock things up. Look to the tail waters for the best fishing for the next several months. Try Freemont, the Mile, or Gray reef through early March for now.

The Mile is seeing some Fall browns come to net, along with some chunky bows. Flows are right around 500cfs, and there is a decent midge hatch through the warmest part of the day. Good patterns are san juans, scuds, annelids, leeches, smaller streamers, stoneflies, and huevos. Smaller midges are working as well, but don't seem any better than the big junk these days. The fishing should remain about the same, unless we see another blast of bitter cold. Weeds are almost gone, and things are clearing up nicely. Crowds are way down, and the whole river has been producing some quality fish.

Flows at Gray reef are a bit lower, closer to 450cfs, and the weeds are still lingering a bit, but seem to be on the way out. The lower flows are making for some long days for floaters, but wading anglers seem to be enjoying things. Leeches are good as a point fly, and smaller midges seem to be a better dropper. Other good flies are purple annelids, scuds, and foam back emergers. The most consistent waters at the Reef will be the top few miles of access, and Lusby. If things are frigid cold the access at Lusby may be iced over. The alcove tail water is another great winter destination and fishes ice free all winter. Same patterns apply, and throw some glow bugs in the mix as well. Look for the fish to be positioning themselves in slower, softer waters through the winter. Tail outs and soft runs should produce best.

Freemont flows are up running almost 500cfs, but still fishing good with bigger junk. Waters are a bit off color, so try bright point flies like a San Juan, Glow Bug,or Hot Bead Sow Bug. The fish are in the softer water here as well, and the tail outs have been very productive if you can get your flies down. Good for some, but tough for others at the higher flows. Not much but midges hatching from now tip spring, but the bigger bugs and dead drifted streamers are fishing better anyway. Try a crawdad or Bread N Butter Buggar on a dead drift and twitch.

Report Updated On: 11/19/2014
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