Our goal is simple, to offer the best possible fishing experience for our guests.  We do this by fishing multiple sections of the North Platte and the Encampment Rivers.


Float Trips

Upper North Platte River (near Saratoga)

Encampment River (near Encampent/Saratoga)

Miracle Mile (Between Seminoe and Pathfinder reservoirs)

Grey Reef (near Alcova/Casper)

Full day float trips last 8 hours (on the water) not including driving time. Some sections require substantial driving.
Start times vary depending on time of year.

Walk and Wade Trips

Upper North Platte River (near Saratoga)

Encampment River (near Encampent/Saratoga)

Miracle Mile (Between Seminoe and Pathfinder reservoirs)

Private waters

We have a few different properties with excellent wade fishing available.

Please call for information(All trips are guided)

About our guides

All Drift guides are seasoned Pros.  No newbies here; we are the guys who love what we do and know exactly how to do it!

Merry Waugh


Merry turned fish crazy at the tender age of two, equipped with a cane pole and bobber. Merry began guiding in the early nineties, rowing drift boats on the North Platte of Wyoming. She has guided Wyoming, Colorado, and Mexico.  But the North Platte has always been home.  Merry is in charge of all day to day operations and will most likely be the voice you hear when you call to book your next trip.  Merry will also be guiding trips, specializing in walk wade. Merry is a pro when it comes to teaching new technique to novices or avid anglers.

Darrell Kauffman


Darrell has been guiding on the North Platte river off and on since the the 90s.  Now “retired” he guides full time spending his spring, summer and fall in Saratoga.  During the winter months he travels south to Texas where he guides for trout on the Guadalupe river.  He is as patient as they come, and loves the challenge of stalking fish on dry flies.  He also loves to fish for Redfish!

Dustin (Dusty) Grant


       Dusty is a North Platte Native, born and raised in Torrington, Wyoming.    Dusty has been guiding since 2006, when he got his start guiding for salmon in Alaska in the Copper River Valley.  Since then he has settled back in Wyoming.  Dusty and his wife Amie and daughter Bristol live in  Rawlins, where he teaches middle school science.   Dusty is a great teacher on the water and in the classroom.  His patience and teaching skills make him a great guide for beginners.  He also has a ton of bad jokes for the seasoned angler. Aside from fishing Dusty is an avid wing shooter and enjoys training his bird dog Brew.


John (Johnny) Blumenthal


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        John is a fifth generation Saratoga native. Growing up on one of the areas, guest ranches allowed John to begin guiding at an extremely young age.   As a youngster he spent most of his summers fishing the ranch’s dry fly creek.  Even before he was a teenager he guided the creek as the need arose.  After years on the creek he graduated to floating the Upper North Platte with a driver’s license in hand. This early start helped him compile much more experience than the average guide just under 30.  He has guided as far north as the cold rivers of remote Alaska and fished as far south as the warm water flats of the Gulf of Mexico, but has always found his way home to the North Platte Valley.

Johnny is a young, fit, aggressive guide who bears the experience of a much older man.  He will use his knowledge of the river to fish where the hooking up happens and move the boat quickly in the slow spots.  You will easily identify the former wrestler and Marine in him as he rows.

Paul Newman



        Paul is a North Platte native and a fourth generation Wyomingite.  Growing up in Eastern Wyoming, the North Platte offered more waterfowl opportunity than fishing .   At age 14 Paul discovered his passion fly fishing.   By the age of 21 Paul got his first guide job.  Spending summers guiding and winters at school pursuing a degree in Fisheries Management and Biology from the University of Wyoming.

After graduation Paul entered the workforce as a carpenter for the family business.  However, his heart was not in construction.  After guiding waterfowl in the winters for several years Paul knew he found his career path.  Fishing in the summer and fowl in the winter.  Now in his 30’s Paul believes there is nothing more rewarding in life than seeing the smiles on a guests face after an great day!

Phil McGrath


        Phil has been guiding for 10 years in the Upper North Platte Valley. The day Phil graduated college he moved to Saratoga to work as a fishing guide. Phil has guided fly fishing in North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. While in North Carolina he received his Bachelor of Arts in Wilderness Leadership and Expereinatal Education from Brevard College. He is a trained wilderness first responder, an innovative fly tier, a student of entomology and has extensive knowledge of the trout and insects around Saratoga.

Thank you for your interest in Drift and the North Platte River.

We hope to see you on the water one day soon.  —  Drift