crazyrainbow fly fishing, Casper Wyoming

North Platte River Report 2/8/2023

North Platte River Report 2/8/2023

Includes information on the Big Horn, The Grey Reef, and The Miracle Mile


We are most impressed with how the Big Horn is fishing right now. Midges are the name of the game. The smaller the size, the better. We are also impressed with how it is streamer fishing. The Mile road is a little bit better, but we recommend that you still use caution while traveling. Keep focusing on deep water and tail outs. The Mile has been fishing well on the streamer, and midges are productive on this stretch as well. Midges in black or olive have been fishing best. The Reef is fishing simple- leeches, worms, and scuds will do the trick. The Reef ramp is open to Government Bridge.  There is no fly tying this Tuesday given that it is Valentine’s Day. Enjoy your day, and we will catch up with tying next week!

We also want to put on your radar that our 2023 Bug Battle is coming up! Stop by Black Tooth Brewery on Tuesday, February 21st for a night of beer, bugs, and buddies. We will provide all of the materials, you just need to bring vices and tools. We will have a limited amount of vices and tools avaible for those that do not have any. There is no experience necessary to participate, and it is free!

Check out flows for all Wyoming rivers here: Wyoming River Flows (

If you are in the market for a drift boat, please give the fly shop a call! We currently have three drift boats for sale. Call the Ugly Bug for more information. Here is one: Drift Boat for Sale located in Casper, WY (

Ugly Bug Fly Shop and Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing is honored to be your go to fly shop and guide service in Casper, Wyoming. We offer guided fly fishing trips, lodging accommodations, educational courses, as well as the best advice in the west. Stop in the store or find us online! We offer free shipping on all online orders over $50.

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The Ugly Bug Crew