Last Update: 05/6/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 923 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 709 cfs@ Fort Collins, 721 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman.
Poudre River Fishing Report:
The flows are highest ONLY FROM GATEWAY PARK AND DOWN. Once you drive above that they drop by close to 700 CFS. Also the ditch is full making an accurate reading even more difficult. The water is a bit murky, so it's always a good idea to try big Prince Nymphs, Girdle Bugs and Sparkle Worms for nymphing or small flashy streamers. 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.
We are already getting reliable reports from our guides as well as happy customers that fish are keying in on nymphs and dries like Caddis, BWO's and even attractor patterns like a PMX or Chubby so be sure to load up on those. Stonefly patterns have also been finding a lot of fish so use something like a Girdle Bug or smallish Golden Biot Stone as your lead bug with a baetis nymph underneath. Cased caddis, caddis pupa, and caddis emerger patterns have also been finding fish on a regular basis.
The best weather for BWO's is cloudy and overcast so keep an eye on the weather (like this weekend) and get ready to throw the dries. Our favorite way to fish BWO's is a double dry rig, usually something a bit larger up front like a Para Adams or even a PMX and put your BWO about 16-18" behind that. Cripples or emergers are great trailer flies in a hatch as welll as adults. Smaller leader and tippet of the 5x-6x variety are still necessary so double check what you have before head out.
The Poudre through town is also producing some nice fish and much of the same bugs from the canyon are also excellent in town (stones and BWO's) but don't be afraid to try smaller streamers and soft hackles this time of year anywhere you see cover. Thin-Mints in the copper and classic variety, black buggers, and even smaller articulated streamers have been finding a few fish.
Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Q's Split Flag BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #18-20, Sprouts Midges and BWO's #20-22, Parachute Adams #18-26, Film Critic BWO #18-20 CDC Wing BWO #20-22 Hi-Vis Midge, ARF Midge #22, Griffiths Gnat #18-24, Idyl's Stillborn Midge #20-22
Nymphs: Tungsten Micro Stone #14-18, #Micro May #18-20, Pocketwater Baetis #18-20, Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Sparkle Wing RS2 #18-22 Copper Ribbed RS2 #18-22, Juju Emerger #18-22, Tung. Juju Baetis #18-20, Iron Lotus #16-18, Poison Tung. #18-20, Split Foam Back #18-22, Capn Hook #20-22, Juju Midge #18-22, Zebra Midge #18-20, Mercury Baetis #18-20, Hotwire Prince #16-18, Tung. Rainbow Warrior #16-20, Girdle Bug #12-16 BH Twenty Incher #14 Iron Sallys #14-18 BH Pheasant Tails #16-20 Copper Johns #18-22, Prince Nymphs #14-18
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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