Blue Ribbon Experience
Tailwaters of Wyoming
The tailwater destinations in Wyoming provide some of the best trout fishing in the country. Bucktrout Outfitters offers a variety of tailwater destinations to our fishing guests. The consistent water temperature, consistent water flows, nutrient-rich water, and easy access make tailwaters an excellent place to fly fish. Additionally, the challenging fishing conditions can provide an exciting and rewarding experience for anglers of all levels.
The North Platte River at Gray Reef exhibits a large variety of different water types. Gray Reef section of the Platte is a fairly wide and slow section of water for the first 25 miles below the dam. There are many slow drop offs and large turns in the river. Fish are often nosed up against these drop offs and are awaiting to feed as the food comes over the shallower areas and into the deeper pools.
The river itself has an abundance of fish food and there is a large variety of insects, and baitfish that trout feed on. This stretch of river is mostly known for its spunky rainbows that fight hard and feed often, along with three species of cutthroat trout, and the occasional monster brown trout. Gray reef to Lusby access is the most consistent fishing that the North Platte river offers.
As you continue downstream the river changes quite a bit. The water narrows in some areas and the focus switches from middle of the river fishing to more familiar pocket water and bank fishing. The downstream fishing really turns on in the fall and we often fish all the way to Glenrock, Wyoming, around 80 miles from Gray Reef dam. The travel to and from this destination is as easy as it gets. Most of the access can be accomplished in a car or minimal ground clearance vehicle.
Gray Reef dam is 30 minutes from Casper and the river flows directly through downtown Casper. In some instances, you can be on the water and fishing within 10 minutes of meeting your guides. Access to the reef is limited to established boat ramps and there is a lot of private river bed as you float down the river.
The land ownership is delineated by large red or blue signs along the river. Red and beyond is private, blue and beyond is public, this includes the riverbed, unlike other states like Montana that use a highwater mark. It is your responsibility as an angler if you are fishing or boating on your own, to know where you are and if you are on public or private land.
Average Fish Size-16-18 inches