Not sure why it’s called the “Miracle Mile” considering that it’s actually a 5.5 mile stretch of the North Platte River near Alcova, Wyoming. This river has approximately 2000 good sized (over 6″) trout per mile! With an average size of about 16.6″, so you can rest assured that you wont go hungry if you catch any.
What Techniques will Catch Fish Here?
Nymphing (using a wet fly under the water) is the most productive method. You’ll want to use a two fly rig probably with a nymph to match whatever the current bug hatch is that’s going on. Streamers can also be used later in the year between late June and November. If you just like a good ol’ fashioned dry fly, that can be used as well.
Drys are best during the Golden Stonefly Hatch in early July. Use a extra buoyant dry fly with a stonefly nymph below on the rig. Trout will probably rise for almost anything, from caddis to tricos. No idea what I’m talking about? Ask what the the current situation at any fly shop in Alcova (ahhhh there is just one, the General Store) or in the neighboring city of Casper.
Why Should I fish Here?
Exhilaration while fly fishing is one of the best kinds of exhilaration because it’s usually a lengthy, planned out, skillful endeavor. You have just invested an hour of your time wading up a precarious stream, picking horse flies off your arms, listening to other bugs swirl around your head, just to cast your dry fly out to that perfect seam of aerated water behind a rock outcropping. If you mess up your cast, drift or any other little nuance, you’ll scare that beautiful cutthroat trout away.
But, if you chose the right fly for the right time, land a nice cast, and drift it within eyesight of the sea beauty, you get a bite, set the hook, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a thunderous, yet gentle battle of life and death. It’s exhilarating here in the “Miracle Mile” because almost every battle will be a good fight with a nice fish!