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Fishing Report - 7/15/23

Summer flows are in full swing, a wide variety of insects are hatching throughout the day, and fish are hungry and looking up - we are in the midst of prime fishing season here in southeastern Wyoming! The North Platte and Laramie Rivers, along with all tributary streams are in excellent condition with cold and clear flows, plenty of insect activity, and hungry fish. Alpine Lakes are all free of ice and mostly accessible, however snow drifts may still hinder access to some of the higher lakes such as the Gap and Shelf Lakes.


Upper North Platte

Flows: ~ 400 cfs


Conditions: The Upper Platte has come into prime wading condition and has been fishing well. Dry dropper rigs will be the go-to throughout the day, but be on the lookout for fish keying in on hatches of PMDs and Caddis in the mornings and evenings.


Flies: Dry flies; Chubby Chernobyl, Amy's Ant, Swisher's Foam PMX, Light Cahill, Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Corn Fed Caddis, Parachute Adams


Nymphs; Rubber Legs (#8 - #14), Tim's Stone, CDC Stone, 20 Incher, Blow Torch, Devil Jig, HDA FAV, Hare's Ear, 307 Nymph, Psycho Prince, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Caddistrophic Pupa, Prince Nymph


Streamers: Slumpbuster, Tequeely, Platte River Spider, Wolly Bugger, Sculpzilla



Laramie River

Flows: ~ 75 cfs


Conditions: The Laramie is in prime wading condition and has been fishing great. Fish are looking up and taking a variety of caddis, stoneflies, and mayflies - dry droppers will be effective here as well.


Flies: Dry flies; Stimulator, Little Yellow Stone, Amy's Ant, 409 Yeager, Elk Hair Caddis, Light Cahill, Humpy, Para Adams, Chubby Chernobyl, B/C Dropper Hopper


Nymphs; Rubber Legs, Restless Stone, CDC Stone, 20 Incher, Blow Torch, Caddistrophic Pupa, 307 Nymph, Psycho Prince, HDA FAV, Scuds


Streamers; Tequeely, Sculpzilla, Slumpbuster, Baby Gonga, GB Crystal Bugger, Platte River Spider, Pine Squirrel



Tributary Streams

Flows: ~ 25 - 150 cfs


Conditions: All tributaries to the Platte along with the Little Laramie River are running cold and clear with excellent fishing conditions. Hopper droppers or even double dry fly rigs should be quite effective throughout the day here.


Flies: Dry flies; Amy's Ant, Chubby Chernobyl, 409 Yeager, Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Corn Fed Caddis, Parachute Adams, Light Cahill


Nymphs; Devil Jig, Blow Torch, HDA FAV, Psycho Prince, Hare's Ear, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Caddistrophic Pupa, CDC Stone, 20 Incher, San Juan Worm, Squirmy Wormy


Streamers: Sculpzilla, Tequeely, Slumpbuster, GB Crystal Bugger, Wolly Bugger, Pine Squirrel



Alpine Lakes

Conditions: All alpine lakes are free of ice and mostly accessible. Snow drifts may still block some access to higher elevation lakes. Dry flies will be in play with summer insect activity peaking over the next few weeks in the high country. Streamers and nymphs should be effective options as well.


Flies: Streamers; GB Crystal Bugger, Wolly Bugger, Slumpbuster, Pine Squirrel


Dry flies; Amy's Ant, Dave's Beetle, Hippie Stomper, CDC Ant, 409 Yeager, CDC Ant, Hippie Stomper


Nymphs; Hare's Ear, Psycho Prince, Bat Wing Emerger, Brassie, Biot Midge Emerger, Scuds, Pheasant Tail, Zebra Midge, Juju Baetis

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