Thursday, July 14, 2022

Fly Fishing Saratoga, WY

Today's Blog Post

We offer lessons and guiding on the North Platte River
in/around the Saratoga, WY area

We love visiting and fishing the Saratoga area because: 

- Free hot pools, bathrooms, showers
- Grocery store and restaurants
- Retail shops, bars, micro-brewery
- Hotels, Inns, AirBnB, VRBO
- In town paid camping
- Out of town paid and free camping
- Gas station, mechanics, off-road rentals
- Medical ER/Hospital services
- Seasonal festivals - music, rodeo
- Less people and no traffic
- Only 2.15 hours from Fort Collins
- Many excellent fishing locations

Q: What is better in the Saratoga area - float or walk-wade fishing?  

A: It depends on water flow and visibility conditions.  1) If the water is high and brown, don't waste your time and money floating, 2) If the water is normal to high levels, and clarity ranges from OK to perfect, both floating and walk-wade are good choices.  There are plenty of locations to walk-wade, and experience excellent fishing! 

Q: If the Saratoga area is blown out or too bloody hot, what options do we have?

A: 1) Up the street, between 1-2 hour drive, you have the Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Pathfinder Meadows, and Gray's Reef, and 2) down the street, between 40-60 minutes drive, you have dozens of alpine lakes and streams, located in the Snowy Range (Medicine Bow National Forest). 

Q: About how many fish can I expect to catch, and what is the size range?

A: Depending on skill level, and length of time fishing, we've had clients catch up to 20 fish, and the average size range is 14"-18", with a few up to 24".

Q: What techniques will we use?

A: Nearly all techniques work.  Using fly rods 3wt-6wt, we regularly use tight-line and drop-shot nymphing, dry flies, dry-dropper, and downstream wet-fly swings.

Q: We might stay in the Saratoga area - can we do a fly casting lesson one day, and then hire you to guide us the next day?

A: Yes.  We highly recommend the combination of fly casting lessons and guiding.  In fact, we can customize a fly fishing program for you, e.g. 1-2 hours casting instruction, followed by 2-6 hours of guiding (catching fish), on the same day or multiple days. 

Q: How long is a day of guiding and what are your prices?

A: We offer four, six, and eight hours per day.  Please see pricing information in the link below. 

Thank you for reading, and for more information on lessons and guiding: