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Our full day float fishing trips take place on several sections of the North Platte River including, 36 miles of the upper North Platte and several sections of the Gray Reef, and the Encampment River. Although technically the same river, the upper North Platte and the Gray Reef are worlds apart. The trout on the Gray Reef, which consist of rainbows, cuttbows, cutthroats, and browns, tend to run larger on average than the upper Platte, but the scenery and wildlife of the upper Platte makes up for this lack in size and then some. This is not to say that we don’t catch large trout on the upper Platte but the average size fish is 12 to 16 inches, where as the average size fish on the Reef is 16 to 20 inches and allows you the best chance to catch a 5 pound trout. The upper North Platte is managed as wild trout fishery and has not been stocked since 1979, making it a unique Wyoming fishing experience. It consists of browns, rainbows and cutts, with the majority of the fish being browns.
Four Seasons Anglers will make suggestions on which sections of the river to fish based on fishing conditions and client’s preferences.
For more information or to book a trip call us at 307-721-4047 or email us.
1 Guide X 2 Anglers
Wyoming Fishing Licenses (available at our shop)
$450 for one or two anglers ($225 per person with 2 anglers)
A $100 deposit is required to reserve your booking
* Gratuity not included
What to Bring
Wyoming Fishing License (available at our shop)
At the foot of the Snowy Range Mountains flows a hidden gem through the Wyoming plains, the North Platte River. This pristine freestone river, nestled in the Saratoga Valley, offers a rare combination of Blue Ribbon trout fishing, spectacular views, abundant wildlife, and no crowds. This freestone fishery begins in North Park Colorado at the confluence of Grizzly and Little Grizzly Creek and flows north into Wyoming picking up several other small streams along the way. The North Platte continues north through Wyoming over 300 miles before it heads east and reaches the Nebraska border. On its travels the characteristics of the river change dramatically from a deep canyons with tight narrow runs to wide meandering flats in the lower pasture and high desert sections. The 60 miles between the Routt access and the town of Saratoga is all considered a Blue Ribbon trout fishery and has not been stocked since 1979. In 1982 the Wyoming Game & Fish Department instituted a slot limit, which requires all fish between 10-16 inches to be released immediately. They also designated this a flies and lures only stretch. The combination of these conservation regulations drastically increased the number of trout per mile. The North Platte now claims 4000 fish per mile consisting mainly of browns and rainbows, with a few Snake River cutthroats. The North Platte River offers a multitude of wade fishing and float fishing opportunities. There are over 20 miles of public water in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest alone, with several other significant public sections between Colorado and Saratoga.
The Gray Reef section of the North Platte River was recently voted #1 by American Angler Magazine in its winter edition of 2005, as the top spot in the world for large trout. “This is where good eastern brook trout fishermen come to find nirvana-you have a better chance at a trophy rainbow (or, for that matter, brown) on the North Platte than you do just about anywhere else in the lower 48.”
The Gray Reef, located 30 miles south of Casper on Wyoming State Highway 220, is one of two Blue Ribbon tailwaters on the North Platte River. It is considered one of the best Rainbow trout fisheries in the country with fish averaging 16-20 inches and plenty of fish in the 10+ pound range. The Reef begins below Gray Reef Reservoir, a small impoundment just below Alcova Reservoir, and flows north towards Casper. This area is high desert country with very few trees and virtually no cover from the elements. Wind is definitely a factor when fishing the Gray Reef. You can expect to fish in 15 to 25 mile per hour winds any given day, especially during the spring. Unfortunately, spring is one of the most productive times to fish the reef, especially April through June. The Gray Reef does stay open year around allowing for some great winter wade fishing; if you decide to float in late winter make sure to contact Four Seasons Anglers to see if the river is frozen before the first boat ramp. This doesn’t happen very often but portaging a drift boat over and ice shelf sure can ruin a float trip.
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