Blue Medal Trout Waters

North Platte River, Wyoming

How a river as productive as the North Platte can be so unknown is mind-boggling. The scenery alone makes this one of the top float-fish trips in the nation, not to mention its year-round angling or the opportunity to land numbers of 1522 inch trout with a solid chance at a linebreaker. How often is it that we find a trout fishery that has improved significantly over the last decade? Since the slot limits initiated in 1982, the number of catchable trout per mile has doubled and the quality of fishing has appreciably increased. This is one productive river, providing excellent nymph fishing, dry fly fishing, and spin fishing. The river has several personalities, in part shaped by the varied topography through which it flows. The Platte runs through a gorgeous forested canyon in the Medicine Bow National Forest, through the Saratoga Valley, wide expanses of ranchland, and high desert plains. It has two tailwaters each with their own interesting characteristics. The river has a variety of hatches all year, as well as scuds and forage fish, so the trout eat well and are built heavy.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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