Last Update: 05/28/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 1590 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 1640 cfs@ Fort Collins, 862 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman.
Poudre River Fishing Report:
The flows are high throughout the canyon, but fishing has remained consistent. It's important to note that the North Fork is dumping almost 1,000 cfs into the main stem at Gateway Park, so once you drive above that the flow drops by almost to 1,000 CFS. Also the ditch is full making an accurate reading even more difficult. With that said, the water is generally getting higher and more off color throughout the river with these warm temperatures. It is definitely a good idea to try big Prince Nymphs, Girdle Bugs and Sparkle Worms for nymphing or small flashy streamers close to shore in the soft edges, pockets, and eddies. Also 3x and 4x tippet will make casting those bugs easier. Getting above the upper Narrows will generally give you better clarity and lower flows. The lower river will still fish, but high water tactics are crucial (fish those soft edges).
Attractor dries and dry dropper setups have been catching fish, however, using a standard nymph rig with two nymphs will likely bag more fish. Stonefly nymphs have been the name of the game, combined with cased caddis, caddis larvae, caddis emergers, and BWO patterns. On days when the water clarity is less, try using the ol' San Juan or Sparkle Worm.
The BWO hatches seem to be tapering off with the increase in flow, but it still pays to be prepared for small dry fly action especially in the upper stretches of the canyon.
The Poudre through town has risen considerably and is currently providing little clarity. That said, if you want to give it a shot, try larger flashy streamers, girdle bugs, sparkle worms, and thin-mints when the water is high and dirty for the best results. Make sure to cover the soft pockets, eddies, and seams close to shore.
Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: Chew Toy Stimi #12-14, PMX #12-14, Chubby Chernobyl #12-16, Jakes Gulp Beetle's, Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Q's Split Flag BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #18-20, Sprout BWO's #18-22, Parachute Adams #18-26, Film Critic BWO #18-20, CDC Wing BWO #20-22
Nymphs: GB Prince #8-14, Hotwire Prince #16-18, Montana Prince #14-16, Girdle Bug #12-16, Jimmy Legs #8-12, BH Twenty Incher #14, Iron Sallys #14-16, BH Copper Johns #14-16, Tungsten Micro Stone #14-16, Wired Stone #12-16, Micro May #18-20, Pocketwater Baetis #18-20, Two Bit Hooker #16-20, RS2 #18
Streamers: Thin Mints #6-10, Platte River Spider #4, Dude Friendly #8, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Black #6, Aggravator Prince #6, 'Nilla Bugger #8-10
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