For the last several days I’ve been fishing the North Platte and Encampment Rivers in Wyoming. At the confluence both rivers are running at +/- 1800 cfs (a tremendous amount of water for this time of year). Through the town of Saratoga we’re talking 5000+ cfs. We floated Bennett Peak to Treasure Island on the Platte casting heavily weighted streamers (big black woolly buggers with yellow dumbell eyes tied on a size-2 streamer hook) on sink tip lines and caught some very nice rainbows and browns over 20-inches.

Fishing the Encampment was an on the bank proposition. We picked up fish on nymphs in the overflowing side channels. The deal was you had to find just the right spot. In one such location my partner, Bruce Mardick, caught a dozen nice browns and rainbows.