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Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY

The Ugly Bug Fly Shop is a full-service fly shop established in 1983. We offer our clients a one-stop shop for their outdoor needs in the central Rockies. Our experienced guides have great knowledge of the local waters. We can tailor your trip to any level of fly fisher.
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88 of 88(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
Review 1 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Quality and fun!,
February 27, 2015
By: razorbackfromColorado
from Greeley, CO, USA
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"I have fished with guides and outfitters all over the country. By far, the Crazy Rainbow Outfitter is the best. Their guides are professional. . .their water is excellent. . .and the overall experience is quality. Fishing with Ryan and Luke even makes me look good! You can't do better."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Crazy good,
February 20, 2015
By: Redbirdsjdb
from Omaha, NE, USA
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"great fishery, Blake,Ty and gang top notch guides and guys. One of favorite places to fish. High integrity operation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Dream Trip!,
February 18, 2015
By: CENTXflyfisher
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"Wow, what a great experience! Ty Hallock was our guide. We put in at 'top of the ranch', and Ty pulled up into an eddy to give us a bit of needed instruction. He dropped the line into the water while he was talking, and bam! the first fish of the day was on. That pretty much set the tone for the whole day. Ty was very patient with us and very good at coaching without seeming to. My wife and I were both worn out from catching supercharged rainbows all day long. We stayed at the Crazy Rainbow lodge; very nice facility right on the riverbank. Definitely a trip I will take again. And btw, Ty is a great artist. I had him paint a rainbow and a brown on top of my Yeti. Every time I see the Yeti, I remember the trip"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Great Time,
February 18, 2015
By: ChMarvel
from Denver, CO
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"We had Ty, Jameson, Blake, and Jake as guides and our group had the best time. We have been four times now and will go back a couple of times every year. Literally, not one complaint. What a great time."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Amazing Fishing Trip,
February 9, 2015
By: MKnox
from Denver, CO, USA
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"Last year, my husband and I decided to go fishing on the North Platter with Crazy Rainbow for the first time. Both of us were novice fly fishermen and Ty Hallock guided us through the entire experience. We caught around 20 fish during a half day of fishing and are looking forward to planning another visit this year. What a great experience!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Cast and Blast at the Crazy Rainbow,
February 9, 2015
By: MMJflyguy
from Casper, WY
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"We had another fantastic mid-October outing both hunting upland birds and fishing the Grey Reef. Great guides, comfortable accommodations, and a setting that makes the experience most enjoyable. These guys know how to provide a great experience with generous volumes of excitement and relaxation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Great Day,
February 7, 2015
By: caddis307
from Sheridan, WY 82801, USA
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"on my float with Ty we caught Rainbows hand over fist! My float on the Platte through crazy rainbow/ugly bud put all my days on the Big Horn to shame. More fish and way bigger fish thanks Ty!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Best River Fishing,
February 5, 2015
By: Joe55
from Cheyenne, WY, USA
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"I grew up fishing with my dad in parts of Colorado and Wyoming and my trips to the Platte river with Crazy Rainbow outfit was one of the best times fishing I have every had. The guides were very knowledgeable and the fishing was excellent. You will catch some of the biggest trout you ever from a river if you choose Crazy rainbow as your guide."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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3 Years in a Row,
February 4, 2015
By: bhantla050914
from Meade, KS
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"This is our 3rd year with Ty Hallock as our guide. One thing for sure is he knows the North Platte and knows the flies that work. 55 fish in single day and a couple in the 2-3 lb range, one at 27 inches. My brother and I are going to make this an annual trip every year going forward. Also, we stay in the lodge and enjoyed the food and comfortable beds."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Always a pleasure,
February 4, 2015
By: Bgouker
from Greeley, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All guides that are employed do a great job.
"I have been a client for several years and no matter what guide you get, it is always a fun and fulfilling trip. You owe it to yourself to visit a guide service that excels in every aspect."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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best fishing and outfitter period,
February 4, 2015
By: shortbarrels
from evans,co
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"i fish with crazy rainbow guides several times a year, all the guides are great, but if i don't fish with blake jackson, i don't fish at all.best outfitter on the river. if your looking for a great fishing trip with the best guides crazy rainbow is the place."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Outstanding Guide,
February 4, 2015
By: N1806w
from Casper, WY, USA
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"I have experience many day on rivers in the Rocky Mtn. region. With out a doubt my best experiences so far have been with Ty Hallock and the Ugly Bug Fly Shop floating the Grey Reef on the Platte. You won't be disappointed if you book with these guys."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Amazing Fishing Experience,
February 4, 2015
By: Jmarvel
from Denver, CO, USA
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"I have been to the Ugly Bug Fly Shop multiple times and I would recommend it to anyone with or with out fishing experience. The knowledge of their staff and the service they provide is second to none. The guides have patience and are willing to teach inexperienced customers. The fly shop has one of the best collections of gear I have ever seen. If you need it, they have it. I will definitely revisit these guys."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Awesome Trip,
February 4, 2015
By: PAJeff
from Crazy Rainbow
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"We have visited the Crazy Rainbow for a number of years. This is my first review of any type. Rarely do experiences exceed my expectations but our last two trips here did. Great wing shooting and fly fishing... Chad and Jameson are great guides. Can't wait to go back next fall."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Fishing the Gray Reef,
February 3, 2015
By: WVierra
from California
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"We fished last August with Ty and Blake, two of the best days of fishing we have ever had.
We had been planning a trip to the North Platt for many years and had the great fortune to have Ty recommended to us from a guide that gave a presentation at my fly club on another river.
Ty and Blake put us on more fish in a day than I typically catch in a week all were big healthy fish with plenty of fight.
When we go back we will only consider Crazy Rainbow Guide Fly Fishing!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Spring / Fall N. Platte Trips,
February 3, 2015
By: Blunior
from N Platte River near Casper, WY
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"We had the occasion to fish with Ty Hallock of Ugly Bug - Crazy Rainbow Outfitters twice in 2014. Once was in mid-March, the other was the second weekend of November. In spite of of intensely cold weather and light snow in March on the first day, Ty got us on fish immediately - and it never stopped. We caught a large number of fish on a miserable day. The weather broke for the second day of our trip, and the fishing was nothing short of silly. In November we fished downstream of Casper, and once again the weather was great. Ty's intimate knowledge of the river was on display our first day. We caught fish consistently in every nice looking run, and many out of areas that looked modest at best. We caught a BWO hatch, and that was fantastic. Day two of the November trip dealt us much more unsettled weather and we hammered them nevertheless. Once again we got to fish BWOs for a little while. Ty Hallock is truly dialed-in on the N. Platte River near Casper, and we would highly recommend his guiding services."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Fish on,
February 3, 2015
By: ClownOil801
from North Platte Park, Casper, WY 82601, USA
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"I fish all over the west and always find time to fish with Ty. Nothing and I mean nothing beats a guide with knowledge of the river. That equals a lot of fish in the net."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Best Experience Ever,
February 3, 2015
By: rx4fishing
from Albany, NY, USA
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"The Ugly Bug Fly Shop does an exceptional job in providing a great fishing experience. They go all out to ensure you are completely satisfied. And the North Platte is a great river to do a float. I highly recommend this fly shop."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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BEST GUIDE,
October 21, 2014
By: GENE70
from Cornwall, NY, USA
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"BLAKE JACKSON OF THE CRAZY RAINBOW RANCH AND THE UGLY BUG FLY SHOP IN CASPER WYOMING HAS MY VOTE FOR THE BEST GUIDE EVER--HANDS DOWN!
HE HAS TREMENDOUS KNOWLEDGE OF THE RIVERS, THE FISH, FLIES AND TACTICS, AND THE UNCANY ABILTY TO PUT HIS CLIENTS OVER THE FISH, NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER OR TIME OF YEAR, OR FLOW RATE FROM THE DAM RELEASES ON THE NORTH PLATTE.
MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE BEEN ON ANNUAL TRIPS WITH HIM FOR FIVE AND MORE YEARS, AND CONTINUE TO PLAN OUR FUTURE TRIPS WITH HIM ON THE RANCH."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY
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Quantiy and Quality Can't be Beat,
October 10, 2014
By: RichieRainbow
from Middletown, CT, USA
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"I have been going to Casper Wyoming with family members and friends for 10 consecutive years to fish the North Platte River. I have also fished many rivers (Ruby, Beaverhead, Missouri, Madison, Big Hole, etc.) in Montana during those 10 years and have enjoyed every trip to Big Sky Country. But for quality and quantity, there is no river that is more productive than the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River.
When in Casper, I always stay at the Crazy Rainbow Ranch which is owned and operated by the Ugly Bug fly shop in downtown Casper. We have stayed at both the main lodge and at the River Cabin over the years and have found them to be ideal - clean and spacious (for a party of 4), and very reasonably priced. They are also located right on the banks of the North Platte River and provide excellent evening fishing if you are not too exhausted to cast some dries after a very productive day on the river.
Our group has always tried to book Blake Jackson (our favorite guide) but no matter who we have used, I have found every guide to have extensive knowledge of the river, and be personable and extremely patient. I would never consider using a guide service other than those from the Ugly Bug! They are the best, and Blake is the best of the best!!
If you haven't fished the Grey Reef section of the North Platte River, you need to put it on your "bucket list." Whether you are a first-time fly fisherman/fisherwoman,a rookie, or a seasoned veteran, you are in for a treat. And if and when you do, I strongly recommend that you stay at the Crazy Rainbow Ranch and, if possible, book Blake Jackson as your guide.
Whether wade fishing or floating with Blake or one of their other very competent guides, they will lead you to the fish.
Average daily catch for me on the Reef with guides from the Ugly Bud over the last 10 years has been around 12 to 20 fish (mostly rainbows and cutbows in the 15" to 20" range) while wade fishing and between 20 to 30 in the same length range on a float. As I said earlier, for quality and quantity, those are hard number to beat!!
Rich Feitel
Middletown, CT
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes