Last Update: 11/21/2014
Poudre River Streamflow :: Canyon Mouth N/A cfs, 177 cfs in Ft. Collins. Below Seaman Reservoir 65 cfs
The weather this week looks straight tropical compared to last weeks so get out while you can. With higher temperatures throughout the weekend and early next week, bugs will be hatching. Expect the water temperatures to rise and the fish to become more active throughout the day. The guage at the canyon mouth has been shut down for the winter but don't let that stop you. The Poudre has some ice on it in the canyon, but the stretches below Gateway Park are still fishable. In town the river looks fantastic with no ice at all and will be fishing great for the next few days. With the cooler temps those fish are starting to focus more on the smaller bugs both nymphs and dries. This means smaller leader and tippet are critical, as is a more stealthy approach. Streamer fishing has been good in the mornings and late afternoons. While mid-day the baetis and midges have been coming off quite frequently.
Look for midge hatches throughout the day and a few BWO's with the cloud coverage. Size seems to becoming more important, nymphs in the #18-20 size are the go to and dries are similar although smaller midge dries (#20-22) have been proving effective.
Fishing in town has been incredible with plenty of water to fish all the way from Lyons park to Riverbend Ponds. We are continuing to get reports of good dry fly activity when bugs are hatching with nymphs rigs being the most productive. Fish will still eat streamers but how you retrieve your flies will be 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. If your looking to target big fish this is the way to go. Flows are pretty steady so that is making those fish more comfortable and spread out. If you only have a few hours this is a great option.
Recommended Flies for Poudre River ::
Dries: Sprout Midge Black/Gray #18-24, Eric's Midge #18-20, Parawulff #18-22 Sprout BWO #18-22, Ext. Body BWO #20-22, CDC Baetis #20-24, Para Adams #16-22, BWO Film Critic #18-22.
Nymphs: Two-bit Hooker #16-22, BWO Barr Emerger #16-22 Hotwire Prince #12-16, Prince Nymph #8-12, Girdle Bug #6-10, D.B. Stone #8-10, Jimmy Legs #10-12, 20 Incher #12, Hare's Ear #12-16, Copper John #12-16, Purple Prince #12, Iron Sally #16-18, North Fork Special Black & Tan #12, Sparkle Wing RS2#18-20, Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Split Foam Back #18-20
Streamers:Wooly Bugger Olive or Black #10, Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Vanilla Bugger #4-8, Goldie #6 Trick or Treat #4-6, Near Nuff Sculpin #6, Olive Rubber Bugger #4-6, White/Black Sculpzilla #4 Crazy Dad #8
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