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The Upper North Platte River

The Upper North Platte's headwaters originate in northern Colorado before reaching the Wyoming border, tumbling 40 feet per mile through North Gate Canyon until it meets its first impoundment at Seminoe Reservoir, 127 miles later.  North Platte Trouters home water and base of operations, the Upper North Platte is known nationally for its exceptional trout angling.  Wyoming classifies the Upper Platte as "BLUE RIBBON" trout water and is managed for "wild" rainbow and brown trout as the primary game fish with lesser populations of cutthroat, brook trout and walleye in the lower reaches. 

 Through the "DESIGNATED WILDERNESS" area from 6-mile access to Prospect access we use rafts and drift boats throughout the remainder of the system. Our boating season generally begins in mid-June lasting through October. 

 

 Early and late season streamer fishing is the norm with middle and late season nymphing and dry flies mixed in; some days producing fish on all three techniques.  Stoneflies occur during run-off but are present all year.  July brings caddis, PMD's and drakes.  August brings powerful strikes to terrestrials along with sipping trout in the calm pools and eddies during the Trico hatch.  September and October we return to streamers and blue wing olives in the evening for a little dry fly action.   Additionally, the river holds strong populations of shiners, dace and crayfish, providing abundant forage for these 'native' trout. The Upper North Platte brings anglers back year after year for the opportunity and challenge of these large fish.

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