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.

North Platte Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Rod:  Diesel 590-4 All-Purpose Trout
Streamer Rod:  Diesel 690-4 Streamer Rod
Trout Spey:  Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey/Switch
Single Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel 5/6 Fly Reel
Trout Spey Fly Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
Leaders/Tippet:  0-5x

Flies: 
Nymphs:
– San Juans
– Scuds
– BH Pheasant Tails
– Midges
– BH Hare’s Ears

Streamers:
-Buggers
– Leeches
– Zonkers
– Small Intruder style flies

Dry Flies:
– Elk Hair Caddis
– Parachute Adams
– Stimulators

Smith River, Montana

Fluttering caddis & nervous riffles

The Smith River trip is a retreat into the interior of Montana, amidst hidden canyons, quiet waters and enchanted moments where angler and trout are joined in the stillness of river music. Lewis and Clark Expeditions will escort you through 60 miles of this Montana wilderness in the company of graceful raptors, arching rainbows and the stealth movement of elk and deer. Stoneflies and caddis flutter atop nervous riffles leading trout into temptation Mayflies float languidly down the canyon walls as large brown trout rise deliberately to sip them. The Smith unfolds her mysterious moods with each new bend in the river. On sturdy Avon rafts, we drift along and float past ancient pictographs from Native American Shaman, reminding us of our links to the past. You’ll be mesmerized by the effortless glide of the Bald Eagle. The trip through the Smith River Canyon is an opportunity to trace your footsteps in both the best of yesterday and today. By any measure, this trip is among the most profoundly exhilarating experiences to be had in the American West. You will float along the banks of this historic river for five days, camp among the stars and bond with your past.

Smith River Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Rod:  Diesel 590-4 All-Purpose Trout
Streamer Rod:  Diesel 690-4 Streamer Rod
Trout Spey:  Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey/Switch
Single Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel 5/6 Fly Reel
Trout Spey Fly Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
Leaders/Tippet:  0-5x

Flies:  

Nymphs:
– San Juans
– Prince Nymphs
– BH Pheasant Tails
– BH Hare’s Ears

Streamers:
– Buggers
– Leeches