The Ugly Bug Fly Shop is open all year. We guide fly-fishing clients year round, weather permitting. Wingshooting season is September 15 through March 31.
Our guided fly-fishing rates include the use of rods and reels; we also include leader, tippet, and flies. A lunch, waters, and sodas are also provided.
We are located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in central Wyoming, at about 6,000 feet of elevation. We are based on the world-renowned North Platte River where we offer walk/wade and float trips on the Grey Reef, Miracle Mile, and Fremont Canyon stretches. This is a very health fishery due to our low water temperatures and tailwater environment. Casper has an international airport with regular flights from Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. Casper is also located conveniently right off I-25 for easy access by vehicle.
The average rainfall for this area is 12.5 inches per year, and temperatures vary with seasons but we are known for mild springs and falls with warmer bright, sunny summer days. We advise that all clients bring appropriate clothing and sunglasses; we can provide nearly everything else. Water temperatures range from 33-65 degrees depending on the season.
Because of our access to 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 fishing and solitude you need for the ultimate fly-fishing vacation. Big trout, an extended season, and low pressure from anglers make for unforgettable fishing. The private river access and eight exclusive boat ramps are a distinct advantage available only to our guests. Wyoming’s property laws don’t allow public wade fishing or boat docking adjacent to private land. Our access provides plenty of wade fishing, relaxing streamside lunches, and access to restroom facilities. We can offer just about any package you are looking for on your adventure, whether it is a single day on the water or multiple days.
Wild rainbows, cutthroats, and browns averaging 17 to 22 inches will keep anglers smiling. The combination of size and numbers of fish make it one of the top destinations in the continental United States. Not to mention, there is always the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime weighing in at more than 10 pounds.
We experience a wide range of hatches throughout the year. Midges (year -round), BWOs (April, May, June, September, October), PMDs (June, July, August, September), and yellow sallies (July, August). The North Platte is known for its nymph fishing, streamer fishing, and some dry-fly fishing.
Lunch will be provided streamside on day-long guided trips.
For any other items you need, Casper has large chain stores such as Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and grocery stores.
Your camera, preferably in a water-resistant case. You'll want to be ready to submit your trip photos to the “brag board” contest when you return home.
Any medications you take regularly.
We offer a full-service fly shop with a complete range of equipment, flies, and fly-tying material.
Q. What months offer the best fishing in your area?
A. March through October are considered our best months. We do, however, offer guided fishing trips all year long. The winter fly fishing is some of the best in the lower 48; during the winter months there are very few people on the water. We also offer a discounted rate for these months if you are interested.
Q. What kind of weather should I be prepared for?
A. Casper's elevation is 5,200 feet above sea level. At this elevation the sun is intense and weather can change quickly. Be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions. Layers work best so you can adjust to changing conditions.
Q. How do gratuities work?
A. Gratuities are not included or expected, but certainly appreciated. The average gratuity for our fishing guides is $50 per person, per day.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 113 reviews
111 of 113 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Another great day on the river -
By: darjay from Loveland, CO
We fished with Ryan on Thursday and had a great day. We caught a lot of fish and the weather was perfect. We can't wait to do it again.
Fantastic 3 days -
By: lferg from Nitro wv
Just got back from another great trip with Crazy Rainbow on the Platte. We have been fishing with Blake, Jamison and the crew for 10 consecutive years and it's just getting better every trip. Without a doubt this is the best team on the North Platte and always accommodate all our requests and most importantly always have us on the fish. With several very large fish caught every year.
Repeat visitor, always great -
By: PappyFitz from Colorado
Perhaps the best endorsement I can give Crazy Rainbow in general -- and Ty Hallock (guide), in particular -- is that even when the weather conspires against us with river churning storms, Ty still managed to use his guile and knowledge so that the trip up to Casper was still a lot of fun. Yes, the Reef is superb, but the people at Crazy Rainbow set the operation apart.
Best trip ever -
By: ChicoDusty from Arvada, CO, USA
We have been fishing with the guides from ugly bug for nine years and each year gets better and better. The guides are very knowledgable and professional. Without a doubt the fishing is amazing but it's the guides at ugly bug who make our trip memorable.
These guys are the best -
These guys are the best. No other could compare to their knowledge and skill in the Alcova/Casper area. Not only are they professionals in every sense of the word, but the are fun, witty, and great company. A truly excellent experience.
By: ninjamonk6 from Pueblo, CO, USA
best ever trip!!cudos to all the guides.special thanks to Jamison who endured a 10 yr.old!!would highly recommend this outfit..the experience is priceless
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By: Wolfpack6 from Alcova, WY, USA
The guides who were with us from May 26th thru May 30th were at the top of our game. They helped us catch fish and made us feel welcomed as always. I would highly recommend their skill and expertise to anyone from beginner to expert fly fisher.
A PRO overcomes bad weather. -
By: jimridings77 from Staunton, VA, USA
After a couple of memorable outings in the past with Blake Jackson(last year my Grandson caught 16 large trout by his count the first time he ever held a flyrod) my son and I scheduled a Friday/Saturday float over Memorial Day weekend with Ugly Bug and Blake. The rain colored a lot of the river on Friday but Blake scouted out a stretch that proved to be productive even though he had to row us back upstream several times to stay in better water. We caught many fish until thunder storms and rain forced us off the river. Saturday night brought tons more rain and my son and I thought we might be required to spend the day with the other boats immediately below the dam. Blake Jackson brought more options. He brought a power boat and we motored up Fremont canyon on a nearby lake-a beautiful trip. The canyon had clear water and many willing trout. An annual fishing trip with my son salvaged because we hired a seasoned professional guide. We will return!
Putting the Mustard on 'em! -
By: Vdiggins from Berthoud, CO, USA
My son and I had a tremendous experience with Jessie M (Mack) this week. Working with the Ugly Bug and booking with Mack- he was extremely educational and solid in his experience of the river and techniques. He also helped work-up and configure a great combo Rod/Reel set for future trips with him and the Ugly Bug Fly shop!
North Platte Float -
By: JohnnyHaas from Denver, CO
Had the opportunity to float Grey Reef in early March. The fishing was better than expected. It was clear that without the knowledge of our guides as to what flies would work each day, our luck would have been very different. The guides were experienced and knew the river well. We'll be back!