The renowned North Platte River flows right through Casper, Wyoming, while the blue-ribbon trout stream portion of that river, known as the Miracle Mile, lies just south of town. Prime species include cutthroat, brown, rainbow and hybrid trout, with fishing possible year-round. For these reasons, Wyoming's second-largest city serves as a hub for both fly shops and experienced fishing guides who can take the guesswork out of planning a successful Wyoming fishing trip.
The Ugly Bug Fly Shop's fishing guide service, called Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing, provides full-day and half-day guided and unguided fishing trips, along with lodging and meal options. This Orvis-endorsed outfitter has 8 miles of private North Platte shoreline, complete with six private boat ramps. The outfitter's three trophy ponds feature spring-fed waters rife with trout of magnificent proportions. All levels of anglers are welcome.
Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing
240 S. Center St.
Casper, WY 82601
Platte River Raft N Reel (PR-RNR) provides guided fly-fishing access to trophy ponds and the Gray Reef/Miracle Mile portions of the North Platte River. Welcoming anglers of all levels, this outfitter offers both full and half-day trips, as well as drift boat rentals for unguided North Platte fishing trips. PR-RNR also has package deals that include planned fishing excursions along with riverside lodging and transportation, but meals are not provided.
Platte River Raft N Reel
5625 CY Ave.
Casper, Wyoming 82604
The North Platte River Fly Shop offers anglers guidance through its Wyoming Fly Fishing (WFF) Guide Service. Experienced fishing guides take clients to the Gray Reef area of the North Platte, as well as to the Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon. This outfitter provides access to more than 80 miles of river by floating, and more than 40 miles by wading. WFF also offers a guided fly-fishing and golf combination package called Drift and Drive.
North Platte River Fly Shop
7400 WY 220
Casper, WY 82604
Charlie's Guide Service provides guided fishing trips on the North Platte's Alcova and Pathfinder Reservoirs just south of Casper. Anglers can fish for both trout and walleye in these waters for a half-day or a full day. Charlie's provides gear, transportation and bottled water for up to four people per trip. Families and anglers of all experience levels are welcome.
Charlie's Guide Service
Red Butte Ranch Private Lodging provides guests with access to private fishing access areas along the banks of the North Platte River. Lodging accommodations include riverside cottages and bed-and-breakfast rooms in the lodge's main house. Red Butte also offers drift boat rentals and can coordinate guided fishing trips for its guests as well.
Red Butte Ranch Private Lodging
8550 S. Bessemer Bend
Casper, WY 82604
Article Written By Alli Rainey
A professional writer since 1997, Harvard graduate Alli Rainey has written several books, including "Wyoming: An Explorer's Guide." Her articles have appeared in "Climbing Magazine," "Rock & Ice," and "Men's Fitness," among many others.