I finally realized its September and I have not fished the North Platte at all! At the tail end of summer I try to cram in as much fun as humanly possible. We soon will be trapped indoors and wishing we had done much more fun stuff during the summer.

It seems like the weekends lately there is always something  going on:  football games, music festivals, cutting grass, you name it. This leaves little time to go fishing, that’s why I took off last Thursday. I  got my friend Bob (who’s a fishing guide) to float the Platte in his drift boat. I dropped off the kids at school and we got on the road to Saratoga. I put a sign on my door (Gone Fishing!).  We put in at the Orvis Fly-Shop (Stoney Creek Outfitters) in Saratoga. FYI:  The fly-store has a coffee shop and I got to make my own hazelnut latte, it was the best I’ve ever had! We arranged a shuttle to drop off our vehicle, 5 miles down-stream. We set up our fly-rods with 2 fly’s each and we were fishing on a Thursday! We had noticed the wind in the trees but proceeded to launch the Hyde drift boat into the cool waters of the North Platte.

I had a couple huge trout come up for my fly but no takers. About half way down Bob hooked a nice Rainbow and that’s when the wind picked up and drove us backwards. Bob said that was the strongest the wind has ever been on that stretch of the river, 40 mph plus! Go figure, we still had a great day fishing and exhausted drove into Saratoga and ordered a brusquest sandwich at Tommy’s Smokehouse BBQ (which is very good by the way!)  I learned a few new tricks by observing Bob with his many years of guiding and helping clients catch trout. We got back in time to pick up the my kids from school.

Hopefully not my last fishing trip of the year, maybe next Wedensday!

Fishing Report>

Laramie Fishing Habitat:


This is the final year for the Big Laramie River Restoration Project. This project began in the fall of 2009 with the purpose of stabilizing the river banks to “save” the Laramie River Greenbelt Park Trail and also enhance the aquatic features and wildlife habitat of the river from I-80 on the south to north of Curtis Street. This year’s work will be confined to north of the Snowy Range Bridge to just past Bong Lee’s Trailer Court off of Curtis. This construction will produce periodical greenbelt trail closures between Curtis Street and Garfield Street. These closures will be limited to Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please call Mike Zook, Parks Manager, at 721-5264 if you have any questions or concerns.

Fishing Quote:

"There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm."  ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979