Wyoming Fly Fishing

Rob Giannino / 9-20-2019

Our journey brought us to Casper, WY.  I heard stories of the legendary North Platte River and how the fishery will impress in both size and numbers.  I wanted to find out for myself, but I needed to assemble a team for the mission.  Tim Cammisa, a master fly tier and Harrison Hughes, a professional photographer and film maker were up for the adventure.  Let’s go!

Wyoming Fly Fishing Drift Boat Fish On
Tim Cammisa of Trout and Feather waisted no time getting hooked up.

Wyoming Fly Fishing Trout Wyoming fishing - favorite hat
Guide Ryan Anderson puts me on a nice rainbow My lucky BUFF Brown Trout Trucker

The North Platte river is over 700 miles long with headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It flows north to the Casper, WY where is turns east and ends in Nebraska.  We fished the Grey Reef and the Fremont Canyon sections around Casper.  Our 3-day itinerary was: Day 1, fish with a guide service, Day 2, float with our Water Masters, Day 3, wade the river.  We chose Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide Service and I am glad we did. We were hooked into fish throughout the day and average size was 18” with several over 20”.  We fished a 3-fly nymph rig under an indicator and the hot flies were a threaded red worm larva and a black midge.

Fly Rod and Fly Fishing Flies
Tools of the trade: Flies and Fly Rod & Reel

This was April and the spawning beds were loaded with fish. What I appreciated about Ryan Anderson and his philosophy at Wyoming Fly Fishing is float past the active beds, leave the spawning fish alone and fish the deeper pools. This is beautiful, wild fishery, there is no need to pull fish off their spawning beds. 

Wyoming Fly Fishing Using Watermasters
The Grey Reef section of the North Platte is perfect to DIY with your Water Masters

Day 3 was our wade day and we chose the Fremont Canyon section. Just WOW!

Wyoming Fly Fishing Rainbow Trout
Tim with a gorgeous Fremont Canyon Rainbow

For our wade day we lined up our Euro Nymph rigs as Fremont Canyon is great nymphing water.  As soon as our boots hit the river Tim was into fish.  Nothing beats the contact you feel from a good Euro rig and the fish were cooperating this day.  We started in a section just below the Canyon called the Meadows.  We had a blast and caught many fish. Harrison caught the lone Brown Trout of the trip with a 20” stud Brown.  Per normal, the biggest ones got way. Right near the net, Tim and I both broke off fat Rainbows that you measure in pounds not inches.

"There always that one fish that gets away, bringing you back again and again."

With the heat of the canyon and ever-present rays of the sun, I always have my BUFF Headwear on hand.  Both stylish and functional, staying protected can save your trip!

Thanks to @flyfishingjourneys and @blackmountaincinema Photos by Harrison Hughes



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