Welcome to Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing and the online home of Ugly Bug Fly Shop- your premier Wyoming Guide Service and Outfitter. Crazy Rainbow is your local guided fly fishing experts. We invite you to come to the North Platte River in Wyoming for your next fly fishing vacation.
Crazy Rainbow is pleased to be the Orvis Endorsed Outfitter on the North Platte River. Working together with the The Ugly Bug Fly Shop, Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing offers sportsmen and women the opportunity to enjoy a first-class outfitting operation. Our staff of professional fishing guides, coupled with the Crazy Rainbow Advantage that offers miles of private river access, delivers the classic western fly fishing experience.
Add the Crazy Rainbow Carp Fly Fishing Experience to your trip. Our qualified Fly Fishing Guides will take you to one of our local lakes and set you up for an exciting and fun filled fly fishing experience. These fish will challenge you technically and test your landing skills. Many people compare our Carp fishing to Red fishing on the flats.
Fly fishing for trout on Wyoming’s North Platte is more about the classic fly fishing experience than trophy trout – although there are plenty of trophy trout. Therefore, Fly fishing in Wyoming is the way it should be. It’s not unusual to spend the day landing big trout out of the river while seeing only a few other fishermen.
Proud to have been branded the Orvis Endorsed Outfitter on the North Platte River, our fly fishing guides at Crazy Rainbow are the ideal combination of expert reputation and camaraderie. Our fly fishing guides love what they do, and they are passionate about getting you onto the good fishing. Crazy Rainbow also, offers great lodging opportunities that can be booked along with your fly fishing trip.
Because of Crazy Rainbow’s private land holdings along the Grey Reef tailwater, you will be one of the first boats on the river and can enjoy all the wade fly fishing and solitude you need for the ultimate fly fishing vacation. Big trout, an extended season, and low pressure from anglers makes for unforgettable fishing experience.
The private river access and eight private boat ramps at Crazy Rainbow are a distinct advantage unavailable with many other fly fishing outfitters. Wyoming’s property laws don’t allow public wade fishing or boat launching adjacent to private land. The Crazy Rainbow Advantage provides plenty of wade fly fishing, relaxing gourmet stream-side lunches, and access to private restroom facilities.
The North Platte River has its beginnings in the high mountains of Colorado, entering Wyoming as a freestone river of excellent trout habitat. As the river continues across Wyoming, a series of dams creates tailwaters and a variety of trout fishing scenarios.
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 and exit the river where ever 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 now 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 it’s Blue Ribbon Fishing.
The local lakes provide you an added opportunity to try Carp Fly Fishing. Many people compare our Carp Fly Fishing to Red fishing on the flats. Reserve your Carp Fly Fishing with Crazy Rainbow Guides today.
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
Crazy Rainbow offers a first class Cast & Blast opportunity to all of our guests. Plan a trip and bring a friend. Cast and Blast packages are a thrilling combination of fly fishing and wing shooting.
Eight miles of private river access on the Grey Reef tailwater of the North Platte River, ten heated duck blinds, and a 2000-acre upland game bird preserve makes our cast & blast truly special! This service is available each year, September through the end of March.
Imagine landing a 20 inch wild rainbow, bagging a beautiful rooster pheasant, and taking a group of mallards as they set on your decoys – all in the same day!
It can happen with Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing and Wing Shooting and by contacting Chad Berens for wing shooting at 307-258-1402.
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