Mark Boname

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Guide

Capt. Mark Boname is an accomplished worldwide angler and has been fly fishing for 38 years. He owns the Platte River Fly Shop and has appeared on many outdoor programs like ESPN, PBS and Columbia Country. He has hosted many saltwater trips to destinations like Canada, Belize, Baja and Costa Rica.

Mark is an innovative fly tyer and many of his patterns are produced and distributed by Stone Creek Ltd. throughout the United States. His flies have appeared in both books and articles and are well known throughout the Rocky Mountains for both trout and carp.

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Fly Fishing The Tailwaters Of The North Platte

The bays, estuaries, and beaches that rim the California coast offer some of the best fly fishing opportunities to be found anywhere in the world but not without their own unique set of challenges and demands. Join Ken Hanley on this podcast to learn the secrets of fly fishing this extraordinary coast.

Mark grew up mainly on the east coast both in the New England area and east coast of Florida fishing for stripers, blues, sea trout, redfish, snook, tarpon and large mouth bass. His passion of fishing as young boy influenced his decision to obtain a B.S. degree in fisheries biology which he completed at the University Of Wyoming in 1981. After graduating, he worked in the range department for the U.S. Forest Service for seven years until 1988.

He eventually migrated to Casper, Wyoming and started guiding on the North Platte River in his spare time. In 1994, Mark and Ron Dutton opened the Platte River Fly Shop. Mark bought Ron’s share of the shop in 1999 and has been the sole owner since. He has guided now for almost 20 years on the Gray Reef section of the North Platte River and is one of the most knowledgeable authorities on this tail water.

His recent passion for chasing carp over the last ten years has led him to not only obtain a saltwater flats boat, but also his U.S. Coast Guard approved Inland Masters Captains license. You will now find Mark during the summer, on Wyoming’s lakes and reservoirs guiding and chasing the "Golden Ghost".

For more information on Mark, North Platte River and Carp, please visit his website at


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