The Grey Reef is where western fly fishing comes to life. If you’re picturing the classic western fly fishing experience and open skies from horizon to horizon, as well as big, wild trout, and plenty of solitude, then the Grey Reef won’t disappoint. Tailwaters make for the ideal trout habitat. The entire North Platte, from Grey Reef to 70 miles downstream, is first and foremost a trout fishery. The Reef is managed with flushing flows and fishing restrictions in order to produce a thriving trout population, as well as some of the best trout fishing in the lower US.
With our private land holding and lodging adjacent to the Grey Reef, you will enjoy exceptional access to the river as well as freedom to wade fish whenever you like. You will most likely be the first fisherman out on the water. Rainbows make up over 90% of the fish at the Reef.
The Grey Reef in specific is held very close to the hearts of many Wyoming natives as it is rich in history and is a symbolic staple that speaks towards the resilience of Casper and those who inhabit it. Some may be surprised to know that Casper, Wyoming is in fact a bucket list location and heavily sought after fly fishing destination for anglers around the country.
The Grey Reef comes from very humble beginnings. In an area where the extraction industry is culturally embedded in the overall history, the North Platte was once seen as a dumping ground for industrial waste. In fact, in 1958 the North Platte was deemed the most polluted river system in the nation. Despite a less than savory outlook at the viability of the North Platte being able to recover, Casper locals held unwavering hope that the fishery could be rejuvenated into what it was intended to be.
In the way of Wyomingites, hope turned into action. Credit must be directly given to the Two-Fly Organization for teaming up with the City of Casper to facilitate a complete study of the river system. This study then led to a plan to restore the Grey Reef as well as the North Platte in general as it flows through Casper.
After the Platte River Revival Committee came into the picture, the 13 plus mile restoration project catapulted this drainage system into what it is today: a Blue Ribbon fishery. Known predominantly for its nymph fishing, the famous Grey Reef Section of the North Platte is a tailwater that runs east from Grey Reef Dam towards the city of Casper. The Grey Reef is home to a healthy trout population that consists of about 90% Rainbows and 10% Browns and Cutthroat with an average trout size of 16 to 18 inches. Not only does floating the Grey Reef give you access to some of the heartiest trout in the west, it also gives you a front row seat to the wildlife and rugged terrain it inhabits that makes the West so special.
Some notable benefits of fishing with Ugly Bug Fly Shop and Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing compared to other outfitters is our 9 miles of private river access, 8 private boat ramps, lunch huts, and access to restrooms. Therefore, our land allows you to enjoy the wild west while still reaping some benefits of civilization. Though fishing is most productive from the drift boat, our private land also allows our anglers to step out of the boat and into the river for some wade fishing opportunities if desired.
Add lodging accommodations to your fly fishing guided trip from Crazy Rainbow Lodge and Crazy Rainbow River Cabin.
My family and I have been customers of Crazy Rainbow for years. It would take us some time to try and calculate how many fish we have caught with them over the years.
I've fished with Blake and his crew at the Ugly Bug several times over the years, taking my kids and wife and fishing solo and the experience is always top notch.
No need to go anywhere else! Fished for two days with two boats, Mike, Tanner and Tyler worked every minute to put us on fish and have a good time.
Exceptional service and fly fishing experience! My husband and I floated the Grey Reef with Dustin and boated so many fish that I lost count by lunch!
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.
UGLY BUGS AND CRAZY LADIES 2021
This is my 3rd outing with the Crazy Ladies and it is so worth it.
FANTASTIC.... AS ALWAYS!!
There are not enough superlatives to describe the benefits that Blake Jackson brings to the North Platte fishing experience:
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.
Perfect For Beginner Fly Fisher Women
Travel to the Agua Negra Camp is a remote yet luxurious tent camp/lodge perched on a bluff overlooking the Secure River. Roughly 100 yards away is the small native village of Agua Negra, which makes this camp by far the most culturally rich of the Tsimane experiences. Here anglers will enjoy very comfortable double occupancy safari tents with attached baths as well as the comfort of the main lodge building where drinks and meals are served. The fishing will be done on the main Secure as well as on the Agua Negra River. The Agua Negra is smaller and offers not only big dorado but the region’s most forgiving terrain as well as the greatest diversity of species including large pacu, pira pita and the elusive striped catfish known as surubi.
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CRUSHING IT!! 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 fisheryIan Ferguson