Western Trout

Central Wyoming Trout Adventure

Max Salzburg May 13, 2024

Experience two of Central Wyoming's most productive tailwaters in this special summer itinerary for two anglers. 

The North Platte and Bighorn Rivers of Wyoming are some of the most stable and best fishing tailwaters in the United States. Here anglers will target healthy and large trout with an average size of 16-inches and the opportunity to target legitimate trophy fish is both systems.

The itinerary begins with three days of fishing at the North Platte Lodge on the banks of the Grey Reef section of the North Platte. Gusts will fish from drift boats with the opportunity to walk and wade prime runs. Fish in the 3-pound class are expected daily with a strong possibility of landing larger fish.

From Casper guests will drive approximately 2.5-hours to the small town of Thermopolis, Wyoming where they will check into their chosen accommodation. The next day they will meet Wyoming native, Captain, and bamboo rod builder Matt Schliske for three days of guided fishing on the remarkable Bighorn River below the “Wedding of the Waters” where the Wind River becomes the legendary Bighorn River. Guests will be on their own in Thermopolis for lodging and meals, but we are happy to recommend a few options.


  • June 29 - July 7, 2024: 2 spots


June 29: Arrive Casper, WY / Rent Car drive to North Platte Lodge

June 30 - July 2: 3 days of guided fishing at North Platte Lodge

July 3: Depart North Platte Lodge / Drive approximately 2.5 hours to Thermopolis, WY
NOTE: Lodging and meals in Thermopolis are not included in package and independently booked.

July 4 - 6: 3 days of guided fishing on the Bighorn River with Matt Schliske

July 7: Depart Thermopolis/ Drive approximately 2.5 hours to Casper, WY / Depart


$2,900 per person based on double occupancy for a 4 night/ 6 day package

Included: Guided fishing, lodging and all meals at North Platte Lodge, terminal tackle, lunch and soft drinks

Not Included: Wyoming fishing license, rental car, lodging and meals in Thermopolis, taxes, staff and guide gratuities


North Platte Lodge, Wyoming

Fish a productive tailwater where an average sized fish is considered a trophy on other systems.