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WY Fishing Report 11/1/2008


Hi all.

Well the subject should read Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service has closed it's doors for the season...... but I'm sure with the high 60 degrees temps in Saratoga all this week the fishing could have been and probably is stellar!!

This email more that anything is to thank you all for a great season........ our books say our best!

If I had to pick a year and have every other year be like it this is the one. We had great water, cool temps and almost non existent wind..... my Philly guys I'm sure are reading this and saying all we get is sleet, rain and cold temps..... the weather has to break for you at some point guys... I'm sure of it!

The water was great on the Platte and Encampment but also great for the high country where we did a load of trips this year, climbing and enjoying the wildlife and pan seared Brook Trout for lunch. We also guided a half a dozen trips to a spectacular little stream loaded with Cutthroats...... and when weather allowed us to get to this remote spot it was always a 10!

I'll always try to find new waters for us to fish and explore... as we speak I'm working with the Forest Service and BLM to add a few more gems to our list... these will be remote locations, a little hiking involved but will give us more shots at solitude and even some great sight fishing like we enjoyed this year..... Just like down under mates!

As we speak the 4th week in September, half of June, a 1/3rd of July, are already taken..... call for your spots and hope for another winter like last year!

As always as we get closer to the season I'll keep you up to date on snow pack and how the river looks....... as always the end of August through the second week in October are as sure bets as you'll get in fishing..... Tricos, Bluewings,good weather and cooling water temps. On the front end of the season Mid June through Mid July are great bets as well.. clearing and warming water, Stone Flies, caddis and a great time to chuck streamers for larger fish.

Please call anytime for any info you may need 303 298 0848 or in season 307 326 6079 ..... even if your not staying or fishing with us we love to talk fishing, the mountains and the North Platte Valley in general.

We hope you and yours are enjoying your Fall.... if you're feeling itchy and need to wet a line.. go for it! The weather is great right now, most of our Western waters are crystal clear..... think long very light tippets and small bugs.... or thrash about with a streamer the size of a large rat, tie it to 20lb test and try to antagonize some big Brownies!


All the best,
Mitch




WY Fishing report 8/28/2008


Hi all,

End of August, Tricos in full swing with a smattering of Blue wings starting to show up… The best time of the year.

Just made fast and lasting friends with Keith and Terry out of the great state of Alabama….. Deb always has a kick when I’ve got Southern folks out as my ear bone is obviously attached to my mouth bone… At the end of their stays I can “ya’ll” with the best of them.

Keith and Terry don’t get to get out and fly fish as much as they would like, as a matter of fact this was really Keith’s first fly fishing venture and Terry hadn’t been out in 5 or 6 years….. the first day was a bit rusty and the fishing was slow, but yesterday they put a whoop on our poor fish, ton’s of fish hooked and landed, lots of jumping and high fives and more importantly the first of our lake run fish showing up, silver Rainbows, plump and hot and slightly colored up Browns starting to look for a little love, all we need is a touch of rain to keep our river floatable…… little dragging here and there on the lower river, the upper would be tough.. Keep your fingers crossed! PS: Bill, “ Wigs Run “ is in full swing!

Tip of the week….. Don’t fight the feeling…. Right now, if fishing dries or nymphs you’ve got to go small…… 22s to 24s… it’s all about the Tricos and the fall Blue Wings, don’t be afraid! And get a good pair of cheater glasses and some good 6 or 7x tippet…… but as always the perfect drift will set you free…. Not the bug!

Things are looking good as old favorites are on their way, The 65ers for their week, Tim and the Philly Mafia, John and his family, a New Zealand aficionado and our Tulsa group….. What a treat!

I’ve attached two photos showing a Cow and calf moose and a hen Blue Grouse we ran into while in the high country catching Brookies, making lunch of them and hiking away in our beautiful high country.

Believe it or not here we’ve only 5 weeks give or take before the early snow starts flying…… in a few weeks the aspen will start turning then by the first of October the river foliage will light up… another great season in the bag!


If you’re a fall person like me…. Get out in it and enjoy!!

All the best, Mitch





WY Fishing Report 8/12/2008


Hi all,

A quick report while I’m on vacation with the family and heading out to the Jethro Tull Concert tonight at Red Rocks! At 60 Ian Anderson is as fresh and as wonderful as he was when I first saw him in 1975.

Fishing…. With our initial snowpack and now with our rains and cool temps it’s probably been one of our better years…. Especially for August, good floating and great fishing from sun rise to about 1pm. Streamers early, when the sun hits the water go small mayfly or caddis nymphs… the spinner falls are getting better every day and we should have larger pods of fish on them any day now…. Bluewings can’t be far behind! Bookings… totally booked for the rest of the season except for the cancellation we have that opens up a prime spot… 15th – 21rst of September.

Also our new emphasis on Alpine hiking, fishing, and photography trips has been a kick…. See attached photos of the Murry brothers fishing a 11,000+ ft. and enjoying fresh trout, pan fried with a freshly baked loaf of sourdough bread. A great workout and a great meal!

I’m back in Saratoga tomorrow with old friends the O’Fallon’s back again from Florida and the 65ers right on their tails…….. The 65ers all turn 65 this season…. I hope I can fish as hard and play in the evening as hard as these fellow do when I get there!

The best of the year is on its way…. September and October… get out and enjoy.

PS: got my first winter warning…. Grays peak in Colorado @ 14,200+ft had 1 – 4” of fresh snow on it yesterday….. Oh my!

Cheers,
Mitch




WY Fishing Report 7/18/2008


Hi All!

Quick update..... Deb and Burt did very well on their visit....... Deb's been fishing the North Platte for 30 years and it was her best day ever! Ah such sweet words to this guides ears! Check out pic of attached 20" Brown.

So.... the river from top to bottom is in great shape and fishing well and the really good news is our nights are getting cold! THe trout are loving it and the evenings on the deck require a sweater at times... perfect.

Have a few dates left for the rest of the summer.... and just had a group cancell a week in September.... poor buggers it's right in the middle of the month... blue wings and our big run of Rainbows coming up the river... prime stuff.

Tricos are just barely starting to show up.... the main players now are the caddis.

See you on the river!

Cheers,
Mitch




WY Fishing Report 7/9/2008


Hi Boys and Girls,

Sorry so long between reports but with summer FINALLY getting here it's been hard to stay inside and peck away at a computer!

Season really started rolling with the visit of my Mississippi friends Frank " the Bull " and Graig. We had Ok fishing on the big river with nice fish but not many but....... A little piece of water saved the trip, good fish and lot's of them, won't divulge the little piece of water as it's small and could end up getting more pressure than it needs, sorry but I need to keep some secrets...... although I'm sure I can be bribed!

THe big river was bouncing up and down causing the fishing to do the same. My friends from EDI were back out again about the same time as the Mississippi Mafia and even joined them for dinner at the Guest house. The fishing was pretty good for the EDI boys with Phil looking to be top rod enjoying good days on the Platte and a little stream.

Hot on their tails came friends Charles and Sarah from the great state of Texas...... Charles you'll need to forget this next time you show up for some fishing but...... I'd guide you and Sarah for free for a breakfast of your Pig and Deer sausage!!

Charles and Sarah brought along their friends Greg and Cindy and Mark and Kate and lots of personal bests were bested and great weather for the length of their stay. Sarah did rule the second day with good fishing on nymphs.

Now.... water is dropping like crazy and the report has Drakes on both the Encampment and the Platte. With the high water we've had this might be a short lived blast of the big mayflies but I'll report back after I chase them upstream the next few days.

Looking forward to return clients Burt and Deb to show up and visit the lower river for a few days..... I'm chomping at the bit to get down there cause it looks really nice.

Speaking of looking nice...... the high country is slowly starting to open up. I got up Medicine Bow Peak yesterday and was able to see a lot of our lakes getting most of their ice off and should be able to start our treks into them soon. My fearless Deb over the 4th weekend took a hike with me into the headwaters of one of our streams as well as a lake.... beautiful country and the water is right as are the fish!!! So if your ready for pan seared Brook Trout and a great hike the rest of July - September should be choice! Beautiful view from Med Bow Peak is attached.

Hope you all had a safe and fun 4th..... let the summer games begin!!

All the best,
Mitch





WY Fishing Report 6/15/2008



Hi all,

Just a quickie........ the irrigation gates are wide open, we're getting cool to cold nights in the high country, the river has great visibility, the big bugs are out and really starting to rock. Good to the best fishing on all parts of the river.

Come get some!!

I'll be on the river a lot so I'll probably get back to anyone how wants info quicker if you call..307 326 6079.

Check out the cool shots I attached of fawn deer and calf elk!

Cheers,
Mitch





WY Fishing Report 5/16/2008


Hi all,

Well it's finally stopped snowing on us! Now we're looking at a weeks worth of 70s to 80s... uh oh... news flash Harrison's Guest House new location..... Nebraska! Let's hope the nights get cold enough to slow down what promises to be one heck of a flow.

Don't know what to tell you about the fishing at this point... The Encampment has been ok but with the warm weather it will be gone for a while, the big river is only going to get bigger, great for scenic floats... not so much for fishing. I'll keep you posted but for now if I had to take a guess... mid to latter part of June... ah.... great for the river and should set up for a great summer...... no moss hatch this year folks!

In the meantime I've been busy plotting a new part of my business.... I'll be leading a number of trips to the high country this season..... Introducing Harrison's Guest House & Guide Services Alpine Adventures...... The Forest service has enlarged my permitted area by 15 lakes or so giving me over 20 to play with, we'll be averaging about 10,000ft in altitude in some of the most gorgeous country around, our long hike will include summitting Medicine Bow Peak, 12,000ft plus a few, Brook Trout and fresh locally baked bread for lunches and sleep like a baby that evening. We'll have all sorts of hikes available, half days, full days, fishing, just hiking.... tell us what you want and we'll create a trip together.... we have lots of water and lots of options.. call for details.

So what am I up to???? I'm hiking a lot, not smoking and trying to get skinny, taking lots of photographs and waiting to see all your smiling faces on the water or in the hills! Just to show you I'm really not just lounging on the deck wrapped around a whiskey bottle I've attached a neat shot of Sage Grouse going about their courtship rituals..... out near Bennett Peak. About 18 males having at it...... if you haven't seen this it's worth casting about on the back roads in the early am in search of the amorous guys!

We'll talk soon about changing water conditions.... until then....
Cheers,
Mitch





WY Fishing Report 5/16/2008


Hi all,

Well it's finally stopped snowing on us! Now we're looking at a weeks worth of 70s to 80s... uh oh... news flash Harrison's Guest House new location..... Nebraska! Let's hope the nights get cold enough to slow down what promises to be one heck of a flow.

Don't know what to tell you about the fishing at this point... The Encampment has been ok but with the warm weather it will be gone for a while, the big river is only going to get bigger, great for scenic floats... not so much for fishing. I'll keep you posted but for now if I had to take a guess... mid to latter part of June... ah.... great for the river and should set up for a great summer...... no moss hatch this year folks!

In the meantime I've been busy plotting a new part of my business.... I'll be leading a number of trips to the high country this season..... Introducing Harrison's Guest House & Guide Services Alpine Adventures...... The Forest service has enlarged my permitted area by 15 lakes or so giving me over 20 to play with, we'll be averaging about 10,000ft in altitude in some of the most gorgeous country around, our long hike will include summitting Medicine Bow Peak, 12,000ft plus a few, Brook Trout and fresh locally baked bread for lunches and sleep like a baby that evening. We'll have all sorts of hikes available, half days, full days, fishing, just hiking.... tell us what you want and we'll create a trip together.... we have lots of water and lots of options.. call for details.

So what am I up to???? I'm hiking a lot, not smoking and trying to get skinny, taking lots of photographs and waiting to see all your smiling faces on the water or in the hills! Just to show you I'm really not just lounging on the deck wrapped around a whiskey bottle I've attached a neat shot of Sage Grouse going about their courtship rituals..... out near Bennett Peak. About 18 males having at it...... if you haven't seen this it's worth casting about on the back roads in the early am in search of the amorous guys!

We'll talk soon about changing water conditions.... until then....
Cheers,
Mitch





April 08 Season Starts! 4/15/2008


Hi All!

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2008 fishing season!

Hope everyone wintered over well and that us poor buggers out here can retire our snow shovels til next winter! Really can’t complain much about the snow….. it was really an “ old school/normal “ winter that we haven’t had for a bit and it sure will be great for the health of the rivers! It’s the perfect time for hikes in the high country, you can hike on the snowmobile trails but the snow isn’t in good enough shape for the noisy things to pester you! Scout and I have enjoyed it and yes there’s a ton of the white stuff up there to melt………. When Scout wanders off the trails following her nose she sometimes disappears in the unpacked snow…… to the point where once I had to fall in myself to pull her out.

The run-off has started here with the river today starting to pick up some color and depth…. It’s come up 7 – 10” in front of the Guest House in the last week. Depending on Mom nature… sun, cold nights, rain, snow, etc the river could be out and cold until mid June….. I’ll try and keep you posted or just give a ring, I’ll look out the window, and let you know.

The fishing……. Started out the season with regulars Dennis, son Greg and friend Dave…. It’s fun to watch people’s faces when our drift boat, with Dave and Greg , comes drifting by with wine bottles in the front AND rear drink holders…… Dave and Greg were happy they had them as the fishing was slow to say the least.

Timing, timing, timing………. Dennis and Greg showed up Monday evening with the fishing and water temperatures good ……. The next am the Wyoming wind made and appearance…….. you know sort of like the Huns used to make an appearance…. Loud and vicious! Dennis and Greg took mercy on their guide and we decided to “try” and wade fish……. By noon the wind won and we ran away.

That night it snowed on us, about 3 – 4” in town, and with it the water temps for the next three days hovered between 38 and 42 degrees, trout hibernation temps ……… Long story short…. We caught fish, not many, but a few big ones and stopped the last two days trips by noon……. No use beating a dead fish us guides like to say!

Thank you Dennis, Greg and Dave for your good spirits and all the laughter over the four days……… thank God we have a history of stellar trips together or I’m afraid I’d have been tossed over the side!

Looking forward…….. unless we have truly unnatural warmth or wind to make all the snow disappear overnight we should have a “normal” year……Fishing taking off mid June, good floating and fishing through late July, early August, no moss, morning fishing only.. for a few weeks in August, after getting our mid to late August rains game on for the rest of the season through mid October.

For fishing this spring……… call for Gray Reef reports…. I might be talked into going up but only during the week. I’m afraid what I’ve been talking about the past two years continues to be the case up in Casper….. Lots and Lots of new outfitters, lots of boats and lots of the kids parking on spawning redds and killing a lot of fish…. The results……. Not near the fish there used to be, still some big ones but you’ll have to share them with a lot of people.

If you’re looking for a possible hot spot to be guided on, ( sorry I won’t give this one away….. yet) there is a fairly new tail water fishery that I’ve visited a few times, only a few times…… as I got lost trying to take Mississippi Frank there last year……. No Frank I still refuse to ask directions !………. It’s a neat winding meadow stream with deep cut banks and Bows up to 18”…. So far!

As always if you want to talk fishing or just shoot the bull give a shout 307 326 6079

Be well and see you on the river! I’ve attached a photo of a few Cinnamon Teal in front of the Guest House in a full pre-mating frenzy…… beautiful little birds!

Cheers,
Mitch





Opening up!! 4/8/2008


Hi All,

Opening up this week, water good, runoff big, probably starting Mid May - Mid June... Great for the river... tough fishing for a a month.

Will produce a more info/story filled report soon??

Happy 08 Fishing season!
Cheers,
Mitch