Recently our friends Rob Giannino of the "Fly Fishing Journeys" podcast and Tim Cammisa of Trout and Feather recently took a trip to fish the North Platte River in Casper WY. Rob's podcast Fly Fishing Journeys is a fantastic place to hear some of the great names in our sport. If you attended any of the "Fly Fishing Shows" last you probably heard Rob and a guest live casting right there at the show. Tim Cammisa is a master fly tyer and his You Tube channel, Trout and Feather is jam packed with videos of fly patterns and tying, Fishing and product review. Tim did a fantastic, in-depth review of the Norvise system back in 2016. You can see that review HERE. I have watched this review and I believe it to be one of the fairest, and best reviews on the Norvise out there. We look forward to working with Tim and Rob more in the future.
So, take a look a their Wyoming adventure.
Our journey brought us to Casper, WY. I heard stories of the legendary North Platte River and how the fishery will impress in both size and numbers. I wanted to find out for myself, but I needed to assemble a team for the mission. Tim Cammisa, a master fly tier and Harrison Hughes, a professional photographer and film maker were up for the adventure. Let’s go!
The North Platte river is over 700 miles long with headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It flows north to the Casper, WY where is turns east and ends in Nebraska. We fished the Grey Reef and the Fremont Canyon sections around Casper. Our 3-day itinerary was: Day 1, fish with a guide service, Day 2, float with our Water Masters, Day 3, wade the river. We chose Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide Service and I am glad we did. We were hooked into fish throughout the day and average size was 18” with several over 20”. We fished a 3-fly nymph rig under an indicator and the hot flies were a threaded red worm larva and a black midge.
This was April and the spawning beds were loaded with fish. What I appreciated about Ryan Anderson and his philosophy at Wyoming Fly Fishing is float past the active beds, leave the spawning fish alone and fish the deeper pools. This is beautiful, wild fishery, there is no need to pull fish off their spawning beds.
For our wade day we lined up our Euro Nymph rigs as Fremont Canyon is great nymphing water. As soon as our boots hit the river Tim was into fish. Nothing beats the contact you feel from a good Euro rig and the fish were cooperating this day. We started in a section just below the Canyon called the Meadows. We had a blast and caught many fish. Harrison caught the lone Brown Trout of the trip with a 20” stud Brown. Per normal, the biggest ones got way. Right near the net, Tim and I both broke off fat Rainbows that you measure in pounds not inches.
"there always that one fish that gets away, bringing you back again and again."
With the heat of the canyon and ever-present rays of the sun, I always have my BUFF® Headwear on hand. Both stylish and functional, staying protected can save your trip!
Thanks to @flyfishingjourneys and @blackmountaincinema Photos by Harrison Hughes
To hear Rob's Podcast of this trip Click HERE. it is a great episode and really brings the pictures and writing of this post together to put the full picture in your mind.
Pretty cool huh? For more great stories Blogs and videos check out Rob at Fly Fishing Journeys and Tim at Trout and Feather. Great resources for sure, you will be happy you did. Till Next time...
Tight Lines - Tim