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North Platte, Wyoming

Biggest Rainbows and Browns in the lower 48

Wyoming’s North Platte River is one of the best trout rivers in the United States, with an average of 5,000-plus fish per fishable mile of water. These waters provide a fly-fishing experience that is unique. It fishes well in April and November when most of the lodges in the Rockies are closed. The lodge we use, the North Platte Lodge, lies just above the banks of, and has access to, a 14-mile stretch of river that is almost entirely privately held. Trout from the North Platte are famous for being tremendous, acrobatic fighters. Many of the rainbows and browns are in the 5 to 6 pound class, testing not only your skill but your courage, as well. The fishing is both surface and subsurface. If the weather cooperates, there is superb top water action. The owners and guides for this trip are terrific. They’ll take care of you and put you onto plenty of fish. This is a great value – price includes five nights’ lodging, fishing license, flies, leaders, tippets, guided days on the North Platte and two private creeks, and transportation from Casper airport to the lodge. If you’ve ever dreamed about catching big fish, this is a spot to consider, especially if you have an itch to throw a line in the early or late season.