The “Miracle Mile”

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.

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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.

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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!