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.
Wild Trout Species
The majority of the river flows through public land throughout its course. The only private water is found on the lower 1/3 of the river. Brush Creek owns two parcels of land along the Encampment, offering over 3 miles of exclusive river access for both wade and float trips. Eventually, the Encampment empties into the North Platte River, in between Riverside and Saratoga, WY. This river is known for its abundant and healthy bug and fish populations, offering some of the larger fish in the valley. The Green Drake hatch is the most notable hatch, and when it appears in late June or early July offers phenomenal dry fly-fishing.
Best Time of Year
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.