Last Update: 10/22/2014
Poudre River Streamflow :: Canyon Mouth 136 cfs, 122 cfs in Ft. Collins. Below Seaman Reservoir 21 cfs
The seasonal flows are up and providing fish with oxygen to be extremely active. Get out to enjoy the rare late season flows. The weather looks great for the next week and there are still plenty of bugs hatching. The canyon is still at a prime flow for late season wading. The water temps are cooling off and those fish are starting to focus more on the smaller bugs both nymphs and dries.
Look for baetis hatches throughout the day with the cloud coverage. Believe it or not the fish are still eating attractor patterns on the surface. Size seems to becoming more important, #12-16 attractor patterns are the go to. With the fall temps the river is in fantastic shape and fish are active all day. Pocket water and riffles have started fishing great. Lower flows also mean increased clarity. Fish will be looking up more than they have been so try out some dry-dropper combinations. Nymphing has also been productive. Larger attractor patterns have been working well for us, but if you see an active hatch going on then definitely match it up, small PMD, BWO and Caddis patterns have been the ticket.
Fishing in town has also been good lately, we are getting reports of good dry fly activity and also some nymphs. The streamer fishing has been unbelievable in town. 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.
Now is the time to get out there and enjoy great weather and even better fishing! For further suggestions feel free to swing by either shop, we are happy to point you in the right direction.
Recommended Flies for Poudre River ::
Dries: BC Hopper #8-10, Para Hopper #8-12, PMX #10-16, Foam PMX #10-12, 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: Tungsten Swing Caddis #14-18, 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, Breadcrust #16, 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 Sculpzilla #4 Crazy Dad #8
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