Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly Shop in Casper, Wyoming

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Ugly Bug Fly Shop

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly Shop


Phone icon307-234-6905 Phone icon866-UGLYBUG Email iconinfo@crazyrainbow.net Link iconcrazyrainbow.net
240 South Center Street
Casper, WY 82601

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The Story

The Ugly Bug Fly Shop is a full-service fly shop established in 1983. We offer our clients a one-stop shop for their outdoor needs in the central Rockies. Our experienced guides have great knowledge of the local waters. We can tailor your trip to any level of fly fisher.

Date Range

The Ugly Bug Fly Shop is open all year. We guide fly-fishing clients year round, weather permitting.

What is Provided to Customer

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.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

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 as well as Float Trips on the Big Horn River outside of Thermopolis Wyoming. These are 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.

Typical Weather by Season

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

  • Rain jacket and warm layers in spring and fall
  • Shorts/sandals or warm-weather gear in the summer
  • Light windbreaker in the summer
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

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.

Species You Fish for by Season

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.

What Should Customers Bring?

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.

Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.

Our Fly Shop

Since 1983 the Ugly Bug Fly Shop has supplied the fly-fishers in Wyoming and around the country with the best in gear and advice. Stop by often and check out our special discounts and current conditions around Wyoming. Online store at https://uglybugflyshop.crazyrainbow.net

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide Recently floated the North Platte River with the Ugly Bug Fly Shop in Casper. We stayed at the lodge and floated both days with Mike. He had us in Fish all day long both days we were there. He was very knowledgeable and patient with us, and took the time to teach us along the way. We had a great time fishing and it was a great experience. Highly recommend fishing with Mike at the Ugly Bug in Casper.
Date published: 2021-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a good time! Enjoy fishing with Rob always fun, upbeat and knows the river well. You'll enjoy the day no matter what!
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caught a new pb 3 times, huge fish Big fish all day long Supper fun rainbows and browns
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide Shout out for our guide for our recent trip to the North Platte, Rob Barnosky. I have fished with him numerous times and have always had a great time. Very fun and works hard to put you on fish. Knows the river and will do that "Guide 'y" stuff with flies, weight, and depth to get you hooked up. I look forward to fishing with him again.
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a great time! My husband and I have had the pleasure of fishing with Crazy Rainbow 2x in the past 6months & what an awesome experience! The Ugly Bug fly shop is big, beautiful & should have everything you need, from the hottest brands, to fish. The staff is extremely knowledgeable & willing to help a fellow angler. I started my 1st float trip never having held a fly rod. Within hours that first day I was casting & soon catching fish! Would recommend to anyone!
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Fishing Day on the North Platt! Guide Rob is the best! I have fished with Rob for several years and I always enjoy him while having a great time...even on the few occasions when the conditions are “tough.” Rob is very professional and very fun! I highly recommend him for any level of capability!
Date published: 2021-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide My son and I fly fished with Rob Barnosky from Ugly Bug Fly Shop. You couldn’t get a more friendly, committed and knowledgeable Guide. Strongly recommend Rob for your guiding needs. Woody Boyd
Date published: 2021-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rob Barnosky - Ugly Bug Fly Shop River Guide I have floated the North Platte several times with Rob Barnosky. Rob is an incredible guide - knows the best runs, understands the hatches and feeding patterns and works his tail off to get you into Trophy fish. My highest recommendations for Rob and the entire staff at the Ugly Bug!!!!
Date published: 2021-04-20
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