Last Update: 2/25/2015
Poudre River Streamflow :: Canyon Mouth 120 cfs, 116 cfs in Ft. Collins.
Below Seaman Reservoir 52 cfs
With the return of winter-esque temps and weather fishing’s probably going to change locally for a little while. Colder air and water will make focusing your efforts during the warmest part of the day especially important. Consider water that gets the most sunlight and keep moving until you find feeding fish! As of today water remains open up fairly high in the canyon as well as below the North Fork and through town. The usual winter fare continues to produce for us, Ju-Ju Emergers, Anatomays, Black Beauties and Foam Wing RS-2’s to name a few. Don’t be afraid to try some bigger bugs as well like buggers or 20 inchers. Cloud cover may bring out the odd baetis or midge hatches as well so don’t forget your dry box!
If you are strapped for time and don’t want to head up the canyon fishing in town has been good. The flow has been up with plenty of water to fish all the way from Watson State Wildlife Area to Riverbend Ponds. Look for the deeper slower pools, this time of year the trout will hold in these runs. Fish will still eat streamers but how you retrieve your flies is more critical in colder temps so make sure you are getting deep and a slowing your retrieve down. This will be more important as fish are less willing to chase down moving flies as their metabolisms slow down. Take advantage of all the open water and get out and enjoy Fort Collin's local fishery.
Recommended Flies for Poudre River ::
Dries: Biot Midge Black #18-22, Shucking Midge #18-22, Sprout Midge Black/Gray #18-24, Eric's Midge #18-20, Sprout BWO #18-22, Ext. Body BWO #20-22, CDC Baetis #20-24, Para Adams #16-22, BWO Film Critic #18-22.
Nymphs: Juju Emerger #18-22, Desert Storm #18-24, Brassie #18-22, Two-bit Hooker #16-22, BWO Barr Emerger #16-22, Girdle Bug #6-10, Jimmy Legs #10-12, 20 Incher #12, Copper John #12-16, Purple Prince #12, North Fork Special Black & Tan #12, Sparkle Wing RS2#18-20, Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Sparkle Worm Red/Pink #10, Pig Sticker Red/Pink #6, Split Foam Back #18-20, Zebra Midge #18-22.
Streamers: Cat Toy #4, Copper Thin Mint #6-10, Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Vanilla Bugger #4-8, Goldie #6 Near Nuff Sculpin #6, Olive Rubber Bugger #4-6, White/Black Sculpzilla #4.
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