Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide Testimonies:
"I noticed other boats on the river weren't catching any fish so we had to laugh. At them." 9-28-11 We booked a fishing trip with RaftnReel, Our guide was very professional. I never dreamed there was anything like that, it was a trip of a lifetime. We caught lots of fish some 20 and 21 inches long. He knew just where to fish. I noticed other boats on the river weren't catching any fish so we had to laugh. At them. We have taken 2 trips with RaftnReel now and are planning 1 more very soon. I think every one should try it at least once. Dick Eli-Casper, Wy.
I came up to the North Platte River in early May, 2012 with three business buddies and we had an incredible day of fishing! Raft N' Reel absolutely took care of the day with transportation, excellent boats & reels, food, but most importantly, Luke and Holly put us on fish ALL day long. You two really know the river and worked your tails off to make sure we spent as much time as possible where the trout were actually biting. All four of us had double digit days with some very big rainbows.
I was so impressed with Raft N' Reel, that I came back in August, 2012 with my 21 year old son, who had never had a fly rod in his hands. I asked for Holly to be our guide and she was really incredible making my son feel at ease, have fun, and be successful on his first fly fishing day. Everything went smoothly during the day and my son had a blast in his double digit fish day, with a couple 16-17 inch rainbows. Unfortunately, he probably thinks every day fishing will be like that, but I know that only happens with experienced and knowledgable guides. Thanks Raft N' Reel - see you next summer!
Dan McCormack, Development Executive, Apple Inc. , Denver CO
"I have fished with many guides in my years of fishing. You are the Best! 9-28-11 Hi Luke, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed fishing with you last week. I had a great time! You are a fantastic guide. I have fished with many guides in my years of fishing. You are the BEST! You work hard to put your clients onto fish, you know your river, and you know how to treat people right. I heartily recommend you to anyone who would like to fish with a truly professional guide. Thanks again for helping me catch my big fish! Ron Wilkins, Salt Lake City
"Our guide Andy new right were the fish were & made my trip w/ my father one I will never forget, thanks!" 9-19-11
I would like to say thank you and your guide for providing a great time on the river. It was the first time fly fishing for my dad and I. It was a good father and son moment to remember and cherish. Our guide Andy did an excellent job being patient, it being our first time. haha! He showed us the rights and wrongs to fly fishing not to mention gave us the chance to land two of the biggest fish for us, yet a little more practice next time they don't stand a chance. Our guide Andy new right where the fish were and made my trip with my father one I'll never forget, thanks. We definitely plan on another trip with your guide Andy and your company. I will highly recommend you to my friends. Thanks again for the great time and memories. Henry Sr. and Henry Jr.-Casper, Wy.
"Thanks for a great trip Luke... your the hardest working and friendliest guide I have ever floated with!"10-3-11Thanks for a great trip Luke! Your attention to details and hard work created more hookups than I can remember. As I told you on the river, your the hardest working and friendliest guide I have ever floated with! Mike Bartlett-Gillette, Wy.
"..he worked his tail off adusting flies, depth of drift and weight."10-7-11 I wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I appreciate you and your guide service. WOW, what a fantastic day on the river. We were treated with true professionalism and courtesy. Luke's knowledge of the river was outstanding and he worked his tail off adjusting flies, depth of drift and weight. Great work, Luke. I can't wait until we can go fishing again with Raft n' Reel. The funny thing, it is all true! Rich Jamieson, Attorney-At-Law,Casper, Wy.
"Jon and I have been with a lot of guides. None of them have ever put in the effort that you did..all day long." Thanks for taking us out in 40 mph winds when everyone else was cancelling. You were incredible and we don't use such high praise often. Jon and I have been with a lot of guides. None of them have ever put in the effort that you did...all day long. Yes, the conditions were miserable but you somehow found us places to fish were the winds were not impossible. We caught more fish that day, in difficult conditions, than any other day we were out. I can't recommend you hightly enough. You are the best! Steve
"he's really sharp, keen about his job, and fun too." 10-11-11 we guided with luke on the north platte last friday in winds over 20mph. it was one of 3-1/2 guided days. weather was tough to brutal during our entire trip. we did best with luke in the worst conditions ! ! ! he was extremely familiar with the river and knowledgeable for angling. constantly adjusting depths, weight, flies, etc.. including rowing upstream, up wind, (20+ mph) numerous times until a run quit producing. he's really sharp, keen about his job, and fun too. oh, and hot clam chowder on that kind of day? the best ! thanks for all the hookups buddy :-) jon b
I am already in the process of setting up trips for the summer of 2011. I Highly recommend Fly Fishing with Luke Keil, Platte River Raft n' Reel. ~ T.J. Claunch-Casper, Wy.
"Luke is personable, manages both experienced and novice anglers well...and knows the river like a book" 9-21-11 Based on a great float trip Luke gave a friend and me in 2010, I booked two days of combined wading and floating on the North Platte for my son-in-law and me this year. Luke and the river lived up to every expectation, and we had a fantastic experience. Both of my guests were novices, and Luke had them both landing good trout right away. My comparisons are guided float trips on the Big Horn in Montana and our local San Juan in New Mexico. All three fisheries are good, but for my money, fishing the North Platte with Luke is by far the best combination of uncrowded, productive water and a great guide. Luke is personable, manages both experienced and novice anglers well, has good equipment, includes all terminal tackle in the price, and knows the river like a book. I'm looking forward to fishing with Luke again next September after an antelope hunt with another friend. Central Wyoming antelope and North Platte River trout can make a great 3-day(essentially guarenteed) double for those who like to hunt and fish. I'd be pleased to discuss my experiences there if you want to call or e-mail. Joe L. Mauderly, DVM Albuquerque, NM 505-296-7246
"I was amazed at how well Luke understood our river." I had never floated the river before Luke took me out on a Fly Fishing trip. I set up 2 Fly Fishing trips with him in the summer of 2010 and they were outstanding! His knowledge of the river and the equipment he used made it so easy for us to catch fish and the lunch was great. I was amazed at how well Luke understood our river. When I was told we were going to "float the river", I thought that meant we would just start at one end of our route and float to the other end and the trip would be over...that is not how Luke floats the river. He would float us to a fishing hole and set our depth and tell us right where to fish and we started catching fish right away! And then after we came out of that fishing hole he would row us back upstream and we would float back through that same hole and he'd ajust our depth perfectly and we'd catch more fish! After we did that a few times he'd take us farther down the river and find the next hole. He really understands our North Platte River and he knows were the good fish are at.
"(Luke) did such a great job showing me how to Fly Fish that I've actually gone out and purchased my own Fly Fishing equipment..." I'm an experienced lake, river and stream fisherman. I have spinner fished in Wyoming for over 50 years. When I went Fly Fishing with Luke Keil, Platte River Raft n' Reel, in the summer of 2010, it was the first time I'd Fly Fished in over 40 years! Luke put us right where the fish were at and he did such a great job showing me how to Fly Fish that I've actually gone out and purchased my own Fly Fishing equipment so that when the summer of 2011 comes I'm ready to head out to the Platte with Luke and catch some more trout! Luke made Fly Fishing easier and more fun than I thought it could be and he has encouraged me to pursue Fly Fishing! ~Terry Schnitzer-Casper, Wy.
"I would highly recommend a trip w/ Raftn'Reel, as they are very professional, knowledgeable and highly talented!" I was recently privy to experience a fly fishing trip with Raft n' Reel. I was born and raised in this beautiful wild state but somehow was never introduced to the amazing sport of fly fishing. That was until last year where I was lucky enough to go with Luke. It started out bright and early morning in the heart of the North Platte River with no one around but the fish. Luke was great at seeing that I was a novice and giving me very precise direction and within 5 minutes of being on the boat I had already caught a fish. As the morning went by I soaked up the beauty of the Wyoming day and caught fish after fish and learned more and more about what flies were useful during different times of the day as well as where the fish will be bountiful along the river. It was an unforgettable trip that fired up the fisher (wo)man in me. I would highly recommend a trip with Raft n' Reel as they are very professional, knowledgeable and highly talented! Tera Hess-Casper, Wy. -Wells Fargo-2010