Wyoming Hunting Ranch | Fishing | French Creek Club

The true destination

For Anglers

The North Platte River watershed is revered as one of the most iconic fly fishing destinations in North America, as well as the world. Flowing through expansive canyons and sloping valleys, its tributaries, including Brush Creek, French Creek, and the Encampment River, offer over 20 miles of pristine, exclusive private water access by way of rafts, drift boats, or wading.

Storied Waters

Southern Wyoming has some of the most productive trout fisheries in the world, let alone the United States. We are positioned at the headwaters of the North Platte River, which is fed by snowmelt from our neighboring Snowy Mountain Range and Sierra Madre Range. This Blue Ribbon freestone fishery and...
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Current Conditions

Currently temperatures are warming, and we're starting to see the beginning of runoff. Our snowpack is still very solid, hovering just slightly above average. Despite this season's typical ups and downs, we're hopeful we'll have a great year on the water. We've seen temperatures in the upper 60s,...
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Wild Trout Species

The only type of fish we fish for is trout. Rainbow and Brown are the two most common catches, and are usually caught in about the same numbers and ratio. Certain areas can be more prolific with one or the other species, but it’s usually a relative even split. On occasion you’ll find a rogue Brook Trout or Cutthroat Trout, but they’re not super prevalent within our fisheries. Your “average” North Platte River trout is usually a very healthy 12-16 inches with each summer, always bringing a handful of trophy trout over 2 feet long. The ecosystems of the North Platte River, the Encampment River, and their major tributaries are so healthy and have such an abundance of food that these trout grow large relatively quickly.

Our Waters

North Platte River
Platte is French for “flat river.” In its upper reaches, the North Platte River is considered a freestone river, meaning it is a free-flowing, ideal fishing environment without the presence of dams. Brush Creek Ranch has exclusive access to over 10 miles of world-class private water on the Upper North Platte. Additionally, our guides fish and use public put-ins and take-outs for floats, making the angling opportunities endless.

Tributary of the Missouri River, the North Platte River merges with the South Platte River to become the “Platte River”, the Platte empties into the Missouri, the Missouri empties into the Mississippi, and then into the Gulf of Mexico. At over 1,050 miles long, the Platte is one of only three rivers in the continental US that flows north/south for over 100 consecutive miles. The river originates about 50 miles south of the Ranch in North Park, Colorado, and flows north to central Wyoming where it starts turning to the East. In North Platte, Nebraska it meets up with the South Platte River and then becomes the Platte River.

Best Time of Year

It is safe to say that fishing within our valley is always good. With such a variety of ecosystems and drastic changes in elevation, you can always find a productive spot somewhere at any given time of the year, if you know where to look. That being said, we have several windows of time throughout the season that can be particularly good on the water.

Sanger Ranch

Fishing at French Creek Sportsmen’s Club will primarily occur on the Brush Creek Ranch-owned, 16,000 acre Sanger Ranch, which has a variety of terrain. Your cabin sits at the bottom of a valley, in a grove of cottonwood trees on the edge of a hay meadow just feet away from the banks of French Creek, a major tributary of the North Platte. This steep, narrow creek is home to some truly amazing wild trout, but the conditions can be challenging. Steep grade, quick moving water, slick rocks, and a host of trees can present challenges for even the most skilled angler. The rewards are often worth the efforts.

Three miles downstream from your cabin, French Creek intersects with the North Platte River, a much larger moving body of water. The grade on the Platte isn’t as steep and the wading isn’t nearly as challenging, but the flows can be much larger. The banks of the North Platte through Sanger are often lined with rolling hay fields, willows, and cottonwood trees. As the Platte leaves the wide meandering hay fields of Sanger, it enters steep pine tree- covered canyons with dramatic rock formations lining each rim.
Fishing French Creek is accessible by foot, otherwise we primarily use Polaris Rangers or SUVs to get around the Ranch. Most drives are 5-10 minutes from your cabin. Early season fishing — May through June— can bring cold mornings and unpredictable weather, however the bulk of the days are often warm and sunny. July and August are by far our hottest months with daily temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s with very little precipitation. September and October bring colder weather back to the valley with evenings and mornings sometimes being near freezing with the weather warming to the 60’s and 70’s by the afternoon. Sanger Ranch sits right at the base of the Snowy Range where steep mountain hillsides lined with conference forests slowly transition into lush river basins and riparian zones, which give way to aired rolling hills of sagebrush.

Elite Outfitters

John Rachal
Fly Fishing and Chief Operating Officer, French Creek
John has spent time living and fishing for trout all across the country, originally growing in Colorado, he presently calls Southern Wyoming and the waters of the Platte River Valley home. John joined the Outfitting team as a fishing guide in 2014 and has spent every summer since guiding and learning our waters.
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French Creek Sportsmen's Club
1016 County Road 660
Saratoga, WY 82331
Brush Creek Ranch is an equal opportunity service provider operating under permits from Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the State of Wyoming.

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