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Fly Fishing The North Platte River
From the southern state line of Wyoming to Seminole
Reservoir, the North Platte River flows ninety miles
through canyons and wide valleys. The most popular
area is located from the Wyoming - Colorado state line
down to the town of Saratoga. Access is available where
the stream runs through Medicine Bow National Forest.
Below that it runs through mostly private land but there
is still plenty of access. Fly fishing the North Platte River
varies from section to section.
All of the uppermost section lies in very remote country.
The river flows through steep canyons with a lot of fast
flowing pocket water and even some whitewater. It can
be floated in places using small portable watercrafts but
there are no launches in the uppermost area. Since the
river is a pure freestone stream, its flows vary greatly
with the rain and snowfall.
The lower half of the stream down to Saratoga flows
through ranch bottom land and looses its fast water,
canyon like appearance. It flows through long pools with
riffles and runs. There are sections with islands in the
river and cottonwood trees grow along the banks.
Floating becomes more popular in this area.
Below the town of Saratoga the river changes character
again. It flows through the high plains desert with sage
brush. The river has some very long flats. The trout are
mostly rainbows and cutthroat trout in this section. In
general, the sections nearest Saratoga fishes better
than the sections nearest Lake Seminole. The lowest
section isn't as popular and probably don't contain as
many trout but it has some very large ones.
You can fish the river any day of the year unless it is
Fly fishing the North Fork of the Platte River is very
limited during the winter due to ice.
Spring is good after the ice melts but before the runoff
from about March 1 until April 30.
The fishing is great from about mid June for the next
couple of months due to the hatches.
Float fishing can be limited because of low water levels
but the fishing is good for waders.
Fly Fishing Guide to North Platte River in Wyoming
The methods and techniques depend largely on the
stream levels. (Click Here to Continue)
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