North Platte River Fly Fishing
Rainbows and Browns
Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Flyfish the Miracle Mile section of the North Platte River, a blue-ribbon trout fishery. This 5.5-mile section was named "The #1 Big Fish Destination" by American Angler Magazine, 2005. Crazy Rainbow Lodge, an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter, is located 50-miles southwest of Casper. The Lodge owns private lands along eight miles of the river, and with Wyoming's property laws, this means No Crowds! Two Lodging options.
The North Platte
From the Wyoming line to Casper, the North Platte River is managed first and foremost as a trout fishery. To maintain the excellent trout habitat, development on the river is limited, livestock grazing and water flow is closely monitored.
One Glitch: Wyoming’s property laws state that landowners own the land under the river. Consequently, floating across private land is allowed, but you can’t put your booties on the streambed; even anchoring is a no-no without owner permission. With Crazy River Lodge's private access, you can wade all you like.
The Lodge owns eight miles of private land along the North Platte just below the Grey Reef Dam. The Grey Reef tailwaters are well known for their excellent trout habitat and production of trophy trout.
The Miracle Mile
The Miracle Mile is fertile tailwater associated with a series of reservoirs. The "Mile" is actually about 5.5 miles of incredible fishing where the North Platte flows into the Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge. Although the section is tailwaters, it fishes more like a freestone river. The fish population at Miracle Mile is about 3,000 to 5,000 healthy strong trout per mile in this area, 50/50 rainbows and browns. Many trophy brown trout have been caught in these tailwaters.
Ed Lawrence with Miracle Mile Rainbow
"A 16” Rainbow will put a big bend in your five-weight rod and introduce you to the backing on your reel. Better bring a supply of 3x tippet. A six weight is a good idea." - Ed Lawrence.
Crazy River Lodge Advantage
You'll be the first boat out every morning to enjoy the scenery and solitude. Streamside lunches over an open fire. You'll also have the use of eight private boat ramps and private restroom facilities. The Lodge is 20 to 30-minutes from Casper, Wyoming (population 50,000+).
North Platte Hatches:
Stone Flies - Miracle Mile has much more stonefly activity than the Reef or Fremont sections of the North Platte and a great Golden Stone Fly hatch, Caddis, Leeches, PMDs, BWOs, and Midges. The Miracle Mile is also a great section of water for anglers who enjoy throwing a switch or spey rod for trout.
Fishing Facts for Miracle Mile:
Season: The Lodge is open year-round, with peak fishing from April through October.
Drift Boats: The Lodge has private river access. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: Professional fly fishing guides.
Fishing Equipment: You'll need to bring your own equipment. Flies are provided. Bring #4-7 single-handed rods, your favorite nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.
Rental Equipment: For a $50.00 per day rental fee, you get the use of a rod, reel, line, waders, and boots.
Fishing License: Your fishing license is not included in the package. A nonresident 5-day fishing license is $56.00 for 2021.
Crazy Rainbow Lodge
Crazy Rainbow Lodge
Crazy Rainbow Lodge sits on the banks of the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River. The Lodge accommodates up to eight guests. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, conference room, and two full bathrooms. The Lodge has Wi-Fi, and easy access by auto or air, making it a perfect corporate retreat. The setting is private and quiet, with great wade fishing right out the back door, abundant wildlife, and amazing views. In the evenings, enjoy the campfire or fishing until sunset.
For the Lodge option, you'll need to book a group of six anglers. If you book fewer anglers, you'll stay at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper and drive to the Lodge each day, a 25-minute drive.
The Lodge has two suites, with a total of four bedrooms and eight separate beds. The River Level suite, pictured here, has two bedrooms—one bedroom has two queen beds, and one bedroom has two full-sized beds.
The deck-level suite has two bedrooms, each with two queen beds.
Crazy Rainbow Living Room
In the living room, you'll enjoy the 36-inch television with satellite programming and the wood-burning fireplace. The large wraparound deck overlooks the river. Sunsets are spectacular on the deck.
Crazy Rainbow Dining Area
Meals: The trip begins with dinner after your arrival. Nice continental breakfasts at the Lodge, lunch on the river with your guide, family-style dinners at the Lodge. Relax on the deck overlooking the river. Alcohol is not provided; you will need to bring your own. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with prior notice.
Dinners at the Lodge
Dinners feature one main course such as rib-eye steaks, prime rib, baby back ribs, stuffed pork loin chops, cedar plank salmon, garlic and herb tilapia, crazy rainbow pheasant; plus side dishes and desserts.
Getting to Crazy Rainbow Lodge:
The Lodge is 20 to 30-minutes south of Casper, Wyoming. Casper has excellent connections with major airlines.
As you drive from Casper to the Lodge, you'll enjoy the 360-degree views, rugged granite mountains, and clean Wyoming air. On the North Platte, you'll get away from the crowds and experience the West.
2022 USD Rates
Two anglers per room and boat.
First Option: Stay at Crazy Rainbow Lodge*
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing $2,475.00 per person
*Note: This arrangement requires a group of six who will occupy the entire Lodge. Two more beds are available in the fourth bedroom. Dates to be determined by client and availability.
Stay at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Casper.
You'll meet guides at the Crazy Rainbow Lodge, a 25-minute drive from downtown. Start time is usually around 8:00 a.m., with a return in time for cocktails.
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing $1,958.00 per person
Single occupancy rates are available upon request.
Lodging, meals, guided fishing, gear if necessary, flies, breakfast and lunch at the Lodge, lunch on the river, and 12-percent hospitality tax.