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About Wyoming Anglers

Our Motto

Come as guest leave as a friend. We prefer the friend mentality over the client. We want to build a life long friendship with you.

Our Values

Here’s the reason we are becoming Wyoming’s Favorite Outfitter

A word from the Owner

I believe that there are several good outfitters in the area that all have some quality guides.  There is only one outfitter I would recommend you steer clear of.  And if you asked me if a particular guide with a different outfitter was good I would give you my honest opinion. But here are the values that truly set us apart from our competitors.  By taking the time to share my heart I’m hoping you will see how we are your best choice.  And if your schedule changes or something out of your control happens and you have to cancel, you will be glad you chose us.  You will feel like your dealing with family, not someone you may never see again that has no problem taking your deposit.

I’m going to start by showing you how we make our decisions around here so you know what type of people you will be dealing with when you choose Wyoming Anglers for your fishing needs.  And hopefully, it will reaffirm that you are making the right decision in choosing someone you can trust!  Rather than me just telling you how we are, I’ll give you a few real-life situations of how we have handled cancellations.  Then I’ll show you a few testimonies putting our words into action.

Let me start by saying, I try to make every decision with the Golden Rule in mind whether personal or business related! “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”  In my opinion, it’s the Best Rule to live by. And it makes it easy to look into the mirror and it creates joy on a daily basis knowing that I have done people right and that people know that I care.  I believe that the seeds you sow today you reap tomorrow.  I may lose money now but by always taking care of people and treating them how I want to be treated, it will pay in the end whether financial or otherwise.

i.e. #1 Say you have a death in the family and you need to reschedule two days before the trip.  I know we are past the two-week mark and technically I can ding you and even make money I really haven’t earned yet.  And most companies will!  But I have to look at myself in the mirror.  And I understand things come up and happen that are out of our control.  In this situation, I would probably give a credit or refund.  I know that I could make money now.  But would I want to lose my money in the same situation?  No, the situation is hard enough already.  And if you are impressed by the way things are handled, you will most likely use us in the future.  I try to make the decision with tomorrow in mind.  Not just what’s going to make me money now.  I try to make decisions based on how I would want to be treated in the same situation and what is best for our relationship now and moving forward.  You can rest assured that the decisions made go through me.  Not someone that’s not present or a manager that gets paid to make sure the company makes the most it can, regardless of whether you’re a happy customer.

i.e.#2  Say you want to reschedule the day of because the weather looks cold and windy.  In my opinion, it isnt bad enough to cancel.  Although I personally wouldn’t cancel a trip and reschedule, we all are used to different climates that may dictate whether we would enjoy the trip.  If I think the customer will not have a good time if the trip is taken, I would probably give them a credit with the ability to reschedule. Number one, we want you to have a good experience!  Number two, if we make the money now and you don’t have a good experience, you may not come back as much as you would if you take the trip when you will have good weather and catch a boat load of fish.  And I might want someone to treat me like that in the future.  We have every reason to treat you right.

I know there are decisions I could make and get away with things that other good companies do.  But our goal is to be the Best guide service in Wyoming and the country and I know that I have to take every decision seriously.  Every customer that walks away and is impressed by our over the top customer service and guides, is a customer that will tell everyone of his friends.  I know there are times that I could send out guides with less experience.  That would require less training from me.  And other outfitters do it.  But not on my watch.  We make it a point that before a guide ever does a paid trip with Wyoming Anglers, I’ve floated with him and he’s floated with my friends and guides and I’ve made sure to be a part of the process of making sure he’s floated in his spare time to make sure he is very familiar with our water.

When I go float a river I’m not familiar with, I want to find a shop I trust and the best guides out there on that piece of water.  Usually, when I meet that shop person I can get that feeling if they are the shop I want to start a relationship with. Once that relationship is started and I have had a good experience, I give my loyalty to that shop.  I understand how relationships in business work. And I know what it’s like to want a good experience and a relationship with someone I can trust.  I want you to have that same great experience I look for when I’m looking for a guide personally. And I keep that in the forefront of my mind when making decisions or hiring guides that I would want to fish with. It’s the Golden Rule.  It takes time to build an excellent reputation and I take ours seriously.  I’m involved in this business daily and I hire only the Best! Not just any guide can work for Wyoming Anglers.  I’ve even chosen guides with no experience but that has a great character over guides that I know can put you on a lot of fish.  Because I understand that when you’re in a boat all day, you want someone with personality, character, and professionalism.  It is about catching a lot of fish but that’s not all that it takes to have the best experience.

The Owner’s 100% Guarantee:  I only hire enthusiastic experienced guides for my staff. Patience is at a premium and their ability to guide all levels of anglers is paramount. If you are unsatisfied with their work ethic, professionalism, or their attitude, I will refund your money. No questions asked.

Our Philosophy

Wyoming Anglers Philosophy

The owner Luke Keil was a senior fly fishing guide for another local Wyoming fishing guides service and fly shop for nearly 7 full seasons. After learning the ins and outs in the fishing business, he dreamt of being a part of a highly respected, premier fly fishing company. A company where people were more important than money.  He decided the best way to do this would be to establish one and build it from the ground up.

In June of 2010, he embarked on his own adventure and started a sideline fishing guide service through his company Platte River Raft n Reel, a rafting and rental company operating river recreation and float trips. In the late fall of 2010, he started Wyoming Anglers.

It is Luke’s philosophy that everything in a company starts in the leadership and flows down. He believes that by leading by example and showing his guides what it means to sacrifice everything for each other, they will turn around and help the next generation of guides and fishermen. In order to become the best guide staff in Wyoming and the North Platte River, it has to be centered around a team, not just individuals. It is his dream to build a team of guides and friends that work together and have fun on and off the river. To have guides and staff that sacrifice for each other and the guests. To have exceptional service totally focused on the guest’s needs and expectations.
Wyoming Anglers goal is to become the most respected and admired fly fishing company in the industry. To see this happen, it will take guides and staff who sacrifice for each other and the whole of the company. Luke considers himself blessed to be surrounded by the caliber of people that are making this dream a reality.

For us, fly fishing isn’t a job, it’s our passion and a way of life. Here at Wyoming Anglers, you will find guides who love to give fly fishing lessons to beginners. We also like to help seasoned anglers improve their knowledge and skills when fishing with us. We will work hard to put you into some serious fish size and numbers, but our goal is teaching you to be knowledgeable enough to catch lot’s of fish when you’re NOT with us.

Here at Wyoming Anglers, we consider ourselves very blessed to have such a fun, experienced, and hard-working group of Wyoming fishing guides.  We consider our local Casper, WY guide staff to be the best, most well rounded and diversified group of fly fishing guides on the North Platte River!

Wyoming Anglers fly fishing guides are patient and hard-working professionals who are friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to teach you. Our guides are passionate about fly fishing the North Platte and the goal is always to make Grey Reef your favorite Wyoming fly fishing Destination!

That’s the Wyoming Anglers difference. There are no stupid questions. Here you aren’t just a client, you become our friends. Would you just like to chat about fishing?  Feel free to text, call, or email us. We’re here to serve you. 307.267.5161/info@WyomingAnglers.com

Luke Keil,
Owner and Guide,
Wyoming Anglers

Owners Guarantee

The Owner’s 100% Guarantee:  I only hire enthusiastic experienced guides for my staff. Patience is at a premium and their ability to guide all levels of anglers is paramount. If you are unsatisfied with their work ethic, professionalism, or their attitude, I will refund your money. No questions asked.

Our Guides

Meet Our Wyoming Fishing Guides

Tyler Soulek | Guide Manager

Guide Manager Tyler Soulek

Tyler is a Wyoming native, born in Casper and made for the water. He has guided the North
Platte and Bighorn for the past seven years as he worked his way through school. He received a
bachelors from the University of Wyoming and went on to Denver Seminary to pursue a
Masters of Divinity in Leadership. He continues to study but is now a full-time guide.

On his off days, Tyler chooses to spend his time with his wife Audrey, hiking, mountain biking, or just hanging out. They both love sports and have no qualms laying up on Sundays to cheer on the Broncos or the Rockies, or head out to the golf course and play 18 holes.

Tyler is a fantastic teacher with seemingly endless patience for beginners. He will be sure to keep conversation lively and prides himself on providing the best possible experience for you. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran there is little doubt that Tyler will provide a world-class experience for you here at Wyoming Anglers. He has an intimate knowledge of all sections of the North Platte and the Bighorn and is prepared to put you on fish whether that be through dry flies, nymphs, or streamers.

 


Austin Haupt | Guide

Wyoming Fishing Guide Austin Haupt

Austin grew up right here in Casper Wyoming and has lived here his whole life. Austin holds a passion for the outdoors and always has grown up hunting and fishing all over the United States. His passion for the outdoors has grown into a passion for guiding. Austin has guided in Alaska and appreciates what nature has to offer. He is caring and his main priority is putting the guests before anything else. Austin shows many talents when working with new and experienced quests he is caring, patient and skilled when on the water. His love for the outdoors motivates and drives him to do his best job and work as hard as possible to give you the ideal experience. Austin takes every day as an opportunity to learn something new believing that there is always something new to learn. Austin has the drive to make every trip as successful as possible and feels privileged to work for Wyoming anglers.

 


John Zawacki | Guide

John Zawacki, Fishing GuideJohn grew up in upstate New York and moved to Casper in 2012. Immediately got into the sport of fly fishing and haven’t stopped since! I’m an avid fisherman with a passion for being on the water and hand-tying all my flies, from large articulated streamers to size 24 dry flies and everything in between. I love teaching this sport to anyone, even kids, and enjoy working with anglers of all ages and skill levels. When I’m not working, I love to travel to different areas of Wyoming and explore what the rivers, lakes, and streams have to offer. I really enjoy hunting for rising fish in the mountain streams and searching for carp. My life and love is the water!

 


Braden Douglas| Guide
Braden Douglas, Fly Fishing Guide
Braden is from the close by town of Wheatland, Wyoming where he grew to love the art of catching fish from his grandpa. After spending four years at the University of Wyoming, Braden earned a degree in Kinesiology. He spent most of his free time outside trying to trick trout of the high Laramie plains into biting his flies. He is very patient and easy going and will do whatever it takes to give the best possible fishing experience to his clients and future friends.There are sure to be some shared laughs and valued memories after floating down the river with Braden.
 
 

Bryan Honken | Guide

Wyoming Fishing Guide Bryan Honken

Bryan Honken is a Casper native and grew up fishing the Platte from his grandparents’ bank. The pursuit of fish on the fly followed and has grown into an obsession. Honing his teaching skills in the science classroom, guiding has provided amending of two passions. Fly fishing is more to Bryan than just a fishing trip down the river. It is an opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy the company of good friends while dialing into the amazing fishery the North Platte has to offer. He is not only a great fisherman but also an excellent guide! You’re sure to be a better fisherman and love the sport even more after spending a day on the water with Bryan!

 


Carl Myers | Guide

Carl Myers Wyoming Fly Fishing GuideCarl started guiding professionally over 13 years ago and has yet to kick the addiction. The only thing that equals his passion for fly-fishing is his desire to share its’ joys by teaching others about it.  His military-bred work ethic, experience as a school teacher, and years of introducing new anglers to fly-fishing all work together to create a patient but intense guiding style that provides an effective approach for helping clients learn about every aspect of this great sport.  There isn’t a more fun and relaxing place to be than in a drift boat, and there’s no better feeling in the world than an arm sore from wrestling with the North Platte’s legendary rainbows and browns.  So hop in, hold on, and enjoy the ride.  Fish On!

 


Mark Schmid | Guide

Wyoming Fishing Guide Mark Schmidt Mark grew up in Livingston Montana where he learned to fly fish on the Yellowstone River at the age of 7. He started guiding on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Big Horn river’s before he began his career as a fishing guide in Wyoming. Mark is a 12-year veteran guide here on the North Platte River. He has been guiding as long as any guide around. He was formerly the Head Guide for the Ugly Bug Fly Shop/ Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing in Casper Wyoming, before moving on. He has since then been guiding for Wyoming Anglers and we are excited to have him on board! He is a very patient, professional, and knowledgeable Wyoming fishing guide.

 


Oliver T. Ashenhurst | Guide
Oliver Wyoming Fishing GuideOliver is a small town, Wyoming product who feels right at home if the wind is blowing. He has been with Wyoming Anglers for a handful of seasons now and revels in helping others to catch fish. He appreciates guests no matter their experience level and always has a good time on the water. When he has free time, Ollie enjoys casting large dries to well-proportioned trout, as well as feeling the tug’n’roll of an “ugly” German Brown on a streamer.

 


Luke Keil | Owner 
Luke Keil Wyoming Fishing GuideLuke Keil is the owner and head guide of Wyoming Anglers guide service.  He considers himself very blessed to be surrounded and working with such a great team of friends and guides.  He has more than a decade of experience and has an undying love for the sport of fly fishing.   His vision for Wyoming Anglers is to become the most admired and respected fly fishing company in the industry.  Being surrounded by such a great group of people is making this dream a reality!

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