Wyoming

North Platte River-Grey Reef

What to expect

The Grey Reef section of the North Platte River in Central Wyoming is where anglers go to catch healthy fish in big numbers. The North Platte River is known nationally for its hard fighting fish. 30 miles southwest of Casper, WY, and below the Grey Reef Reservoir, is the famed section of the North Platte River known as “The Reef”. With over 8,000 fish per mile and an average trout size of 16-19 inches, this is a spectacular fishery. The North Platte River, flowing through rugged canyons and expansive valleys, offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities.

The North Platte River is a Wyoming fly fishing destination fabled for world class fishing. There is no “best time to fish” because of the large trout population and consistent flows and temperature of this tailwater. Since it is Wyoming, the weather can be unpredictable, and at times harsh. Be prepared, but even with Mother Nature acting up, the fishing can still be world class.

Who to use

The Reef Fly Shop (https://northplatteflyfishing.com/grey-reef/) is the outfitter we’d recommend using. They were the first outfitter to guide on this river over 20 years ago, and are responsible for putting the Grey Reef on the map.

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Where to eat/drink

  • For a cheap drink, head to Sunset Grill in Alcova. Just don’t expect anything fancy. This is a true Wyoming locals bar.

How to get there

The Grey Reef is not simple to get to. Alcova, the nearest town, is about 45 mins southwest of Casper, WY. Casper does have an airport, but flights are sporadic and will almost certainly require a layover depending on where you’re coming from. Flying into Denver or Cheyenne will be what most anglers do, and then make the drive to Alcova (5 hours from Denver, 3 hours from Cheyenne).

Where to stay

There are very few lodging options in Alcova, so if you are looking for a hotel or Airbnb, Casper will provide more options. A few outfitters also offer riverside cabins and lodges, which makes for an incredible trip. We recommend looking at Cowboy Drifters Lodging Cabins. These cabins are located at the boat ramp where many guided trips begin or end, and are a great place to rest up after a long day on the water.

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