The North Platte River has its beginnings in the high mountains of Colorado, entering Wyoming as a freestone river. As the river continues across Wyoming, a series of dams creates tailwaters and a variety of trout fishing scenarios in excellent trout habitat.
Long recognized as a Blue Ribbon trout fishery, the people of Wyoming, along with both state and federal agencies, have worked together to ensure this resource is protected. The North Platte River from the Wyoming line to Casper is managed first and foremost as a trout fishery. Development and livestock grazing are limited, and water flow is closely monitored in order to produce superior trout habitat.
Much of the North Platte River runs through the checkerboard land ownership pattern common in western states. The streambank and underlying river bottom along private land is not accessible to the public. Because of this land ownership pattern, private access is a large part of what makes fishing the North Platte with Crazy Rainbow so unique. We own large parcels of land adjacent to the river where our clients can walk/wade and enter/exit the river whenever they please.
Three notable stretches of the river are viewed as prime fly fishing spots: the Grey Reef tailwaters, Fremont Canyon, and Miracle Mile. Crazy Rainbow also guides the Big Horn River at the end of the Wind River Canyon.
The Wind River widens out in an area called the Wedding of the Waters where it becomes the Big Horn River and enters the Big Horn Basin nationally known for its Blue Ribbon Fishing.
Welcome to Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing and the online home of the Ugly Bug Fly Shop. We invite you to come to the North Platte River in Wyoming for your next fly fishing vacation. We are pleased to be the Orvis Endorsed Outfitter on the North Platte River. The Ugly Bug Fly Shop can supply all your fly fishing gear and equipment. Crazy Rainbow offers sportsmen and women the opportunity to enjoy a first-class outfitting operation. Our staff of professional fly fishing guides and the Crazy Rainbow Advantage which offers miles of private river access and delivers the classic western fly fishing vacation experience.
I have had the pleasure of fishing with the Ugly Bug for almost 20 years. This year was my absolute favorite! I was able to finally take my son for his first experience in a Blue Ribbon fishery
I spent a week in July fishing with Ugly Bug guides Justin, Troy, and Addie (also at the shop) on the North Platte catching rainbows, cutthroats, and browns. I have fly fished most of my adult years, and this was by far the best trip of my life.
THE TROUT, THE RIVER, AND LAURIE STROOPE
My husband and I booked a trip with Ugly Bug for our 31st anniversary and were thrilled (mostly my husband) to go on this once in a lifetime excursion with their female guide, Addie Dees, on the Platte River.
PROFESSIONALISM OF THE HIGHEST ORDER
The Ugly Bug in Casper, WY assigned Dustin White as our guide. The Ugly Bug asked me for my cell number and email address and within 24 hours Dustin texted and called to discuss my goals and expectations.