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Wanting to get a guided float trip for my dad and I and was wondering if anyone has done this before and if they recommend one guide over another??

Also would like any info on flies to use for late Sept to early Oct...(I do realize the guide that we choose will be of great help with this but would like others input as well). I am hoping streamers will be on the menu 8)

Are there sections you would suggest over other sections to float? (Again the guide we choose choice of where to float will be highly considered if not adhered to.)

Any other info you would like to give will be greatly appreciated!


I ask for these opinions to gain more info, along with the research I will be doing, to hopefully ensure us of a successful fishing and catching trip.

It will be a great time no matter what because I get to hang out with my pop's for a couple of days in the great outdoors. We have a couple of other rivers that we will hit closer to home for the rest of our excursion.


Thanks CF Gang,

CF LURKER
 

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That is a no brainer... Theo Anest. He is a former member here (actually, his account is likely still active). I am sending you a PM with his contact information. Good dude, outstanding guide and casting instructor.
 

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Thanks guys.

Homey,

The Green may be a good alternative to the NP. Have not fished it in many yrs. Did a few floats with some ol friends and waded it several times chuckin metal. Good times fo sho!

Will put that name in my back pocket.

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You lucky son of a gun CF that sounds like a like a killer adventure.

You best post up a LOT of pics!

and have fun!!
 

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We always float with guides from the Platte River Fly Shop (wyomingflyfishing.com). All of them have been excellent - instructional, put you on fish, and all around easy going guys. I would trust them on where to float, they are out there everyday and know the situation. Right now through Sept. might be a little weedy.
 

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P-dog

Will do. I hope I can convince dad to go, pushing that time of year he wants to stay indoors.


Broom

That is not what I wanted to hear. Don't mind it being weedy in the boat not in the river :(
 

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Are the weeds enough of a problem late Sept/early Oct where you might suggest going somewhere else? Want to have as much of a hassle free trip since I will be putting out some cash.

We are not set on the Platte it was just an early thought of fishing somewhere we don't fish often, so we can make other plans....lots of other rivers.


Thanks for the input.
 

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Check the flows in October. I've been on it pretty low and it's full of weeds. The fish are stacked up in slots and holes, you just have to know where these are and the guides are a big help putting you on fish. I'd recommend Ryan with the Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide service out of the Platte River Fly Shop. Plan on stopping either way as the shop is well equipped.
 

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Have only one float trip under the belt on the Gray Reef, which was last year in August with Ryan Anderson at Platte River Fly Shop. Was concerned about the weeds as we tried shore/wade fishing and nymphing down near Casper the evening before and every drift ended up with moss on our rigs as we dragged 'em back in. However, floating up in Lusby area was no problem even though we saw weeds going with the river flow because we were drifting along with the weeds at the same rate of speed and thus never had a problem with getting weeds caught on our rigs. I think the weeds were a bit less abundant in that stretch than down by Casper also, but floating seemed to be the key for avoiding weed problems. Ryan was great and had us on fish all day so I would definitely use him or one of his guides again without question. Hothead leeches with two sparkle pupa caddis immies below were what we used at that time.
 

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Floated grey reef to gubmint bridge in late october and it was full of weeds.
Grey Reef is a fun float and full of really nice average fish. It is all pretty slow water and very enjoyable if the wind is not blowing over 15mph up there. Wind is certainly your enemy on that stretch of river. You should call North Platte Fly Shop in Casper and ask them when the best time would be in the Fall. It does get choked up with weeds as fall sets in and the weeds die. You might even consider going in November because of that, but ask the shop, they will have a better idea. The times I have been up there, I've went in the spring. Definitely worth it and the fishing can be phenomenal. Not much for scenery, but a good easy float fish. Have fun with your pops!!
 

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Thanks for the info guys.

Will start calling some shops and guides to get detailed info and their thoughts on it.

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In high water years they will flush the river in the spring and fall prior to the spawn to remove the silt from the rocks allowing a place for the eggs to hold. The stretch directly below Alcova dam use to be outstanding for very large fish until the cat was let out of the bag by a egomaniac on a fishing forum...I'm sure the flushing schedule could be found on the net.
 

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