North Platte River Fly Fishing
Rainbows and Browns
The Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile
Flyfish the Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile section of the North Platte River, a blue-ribbon trout fishery. The Miracle Mile, a 5.5-mile section, has some of the largest trout in the Lower 48. Our Orvis Endorsed Outfitter has access to private lands along eight miles of the river, and with Wyoming's property laws, this means no crowds! This trip is set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 6,000 feet in elevation. Here, you'll escape from the crowds and experience the West.
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 are closely monitored. The fishery is healthy due in large part to low water temperatures.
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 our outfitter's private access, you can wade all you like.
The outfitter 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 rainbow trout habitat.
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.
For 2024, the Package Includes: Four days guided fishing, with three days on the Grey Reef section and one day on the Miracle Mile. Or you can customize your package.
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.
Fishing Facts for the North Platte:
Season: Peak fishing is from April through October.
Drift Boats: Our outfitter 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, 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 Montana fishing license is not included in the package. A nonresident 5-day fishing license runs about $56.00 (2023).
Our Outfitter Advantage
You'll be one of the first boats 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.
North Platte Hatches:
The 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.
Two Lodging Options
There are two lodging options for this package. You can stay at the Ramkota Hotel in downtown Casper. The hotel option requires a 30-minute drive to the river each day. Ground transfers are not provided, so you'll need to rent a car or drive your own.
The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, hot tub, and exercise room. The rate is for a standard room with two queen beds.
Meals: The hotel's complimentary hot breakfast buffet is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Lunches are provided on fishing days. Dinners are on your own in Casper (population 58,000+).
Cozy Riverside Cabin
Stay Near the River: A group of two or more anglers can stay at a cabin near the river.
The cozy riverside cabin has two bedrooms--one room has two full-size beds, and one has two twins. The cabin has one bathroom, a washer and dryer, a fireplace, a satellite TV, a gas grill on the deck overlooking the river, and private river access. The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for you to make your own breakfast. A cook will come to the cabin and prepare very nice dinners for your group, or you can enjoy restaurant fare in the town of Casper.
Packages can be customized.
Request an information packet for details.
Getting to The North Platte
Casper, Wyoming, has an international airport with daily flights from Salt Lake City, Denver, and Las Vegas.(2023)
Each morning around 8:00 a.m., you'll meet your guide at the private put-in, about 30 minutes south of Casper. As you make the drive, you'll enjoy the 360-degree views, rugged granite mountains, and clean Wyoming air.
2024 USD Rate
Hotel Option - Two anglers per room and boat.
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$1,911.00 per person
Single occupancy rates are available upon request.
For Two to Four Anglers:
Stay in a Cabin at the River
Includes lunch and dinner, lodging, Wi-Fi, two days fishing Grey Reef, and one day fishing the Miracle Mile.
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,310.50 per person
The Package Includes:
• 5-nights lodging
• Wi-Fi at the hotel or Cabin
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Lunch on the river
• 4-days guided fishing
• Gear, if necessary
• 12-percent hospitality tax.
The Package Does Not Include:• Airfare
• Ground transfers between Casper and the river
• Alcohol (BYOB)
• Dinners in Casper
• Gratuities for guides and hotel staff
• Fishing equipment
• A Wyoming fishing license
• Global Rescue
• Travel Insurance
• Anything not covered under inclusions.