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WYOMING TROPHY TROUT TRIP
Join Four Seasons Anglers for two days of fly fishing that you will remember for a lifetime on the Wyoming Trophy Trout Trip. This two day fishing trip begins at our private stillwaters on a local ranch located northeast of Laramie.
Private Trophy Stillwaters
These spring fed lakes contain a vast amount of trout food including; damsel flies (adults taken on surface regularly), Callibaetis, Tricos, leeches, scuds, hoppers, and several caddis species. Fish 20 + inches are readily taken on large dry flies during the Caddis, Damsel fly, and especially Callibaetis hatches. To get to the large brookies and rainbows we strip streamers, woolly buggers, and leech paterns with 4 to 6 weight rods and floating or sink tip lines. You will be able to fish from a drift boat, float tube, or from shore depending on your preference and fishing conditions. Unlike most lakes in southeast Wyoming, our private lakes have a couple
of areas to get relief from the wind. This part of Wyoming has been known to have “some” wind so having a place to escape it is very important. The surrounding area is characterized by rolling hills, large granite outcroppings, open skies, and herds of antelope, but the most important characteristic… the 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 begins below Gray Reef Reservoir, a small impoundment just below Alcova Reservoir, and flows northeast towards Casper. We get tremendous hatches on this river, including BWO’s, PMD’s, caddis, Yellow Sallies, and Trico’s. Unfortunately, this is not a great dry fly fishery. The best dry fly action is at dusk for caddis and in the mornings during the
Trico hatch. The best way to have productive days on the Gray Reef is to dead drift a nymph and indicator rig along seams and drop offs. Streamers can also be productive, especially during the spring and fall. The Gray Reef is a slow moving river with lots of frog water and very few island braids making it hard to read, so going with a guide is a great idea. Summer flows
range from 2000 to 3000 cfs and the winter flows are typically held at 500 cfs.
Water conditions, the guide’s suggestions and client’s preference will all be used in deciding which section of the Gray Reef to float. The Wyoming Trophy Trout Trip can be customized in any way you want, for example two days on our private stillwaters, two days on the Gray Reef, or one day on each.
One Day on our Private Trophy Stillwaters and One Day at the Gray Reef
For more information or to book a trip call us at 307-721-4047 or email us.
Wyoming Fishing Licenses (available at our shop)
$525 Per Person (based on double occupancy)
A $200 deposit is required to reserve your booking
What to Bring
Wyoming Fishing License (available at our shop)
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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