Last Update: 02/10/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : n/a cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 128 cfs@ Fort Collins, 60 cfs @ NF Below Seaman
Poudre River Fishing Report:
There looks to be a good ammount of snow heading for the front range, but the storm should be long gone by mid-week, and temps should get back to "normal". The lower canyon still has some open water if you find a spot that gets regular sunshine. If you go past Gateway park, expect to see quite a bit of ice in most spots. Don’t worry though, the lower canyon is still fishing very well with great midge hatches mid-day bringing noses up to the surface.
When fish are not eating on the surface, nymphing has been THE way to pick up fish, but pay attention to your terminal tackle. If you are having problems finding them, lengthen your leaders and make sure you have a spool of 6x on you. Fluorocarbon is not completely necessary on the Poudre but it will increase your fish encounters. Small, light indicators will keep you stealthy while nymphing, and using tungsten flies to get your depth instead of split-shot will help as well.
If you only have a limited amount of time to get on the water, don’t forget about our stretches through town. Town has stayed open for the most part, but some of the colder nights have put ice on the stretches of slow-moving water. Bug activity can be incredible and there tends to be more open water to choose from. We have been getting reports of nice fish being caught from the Shields bridge all the way down to Timberline. Never forget about streamers in town. There always seems to be one or two fish hungry enough for a bigger meal so don't forget your box of lead eyes and marabou (and Thin-Mints!).
Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: Film Critic BWO #18-22, Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Q's Split FLag BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #18-20, Sprouts Midge #20-22, Parachute Adams #18-26, Hi-Vis Midge, ARF Midge #22, Griffiths Gnat #18-24, Idyl's Stillborn Midge #20-22
Nymphs: Micro May #18-20, Pocketwater Baetis #18-20, Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Sparkle Wing RS2 #18-22 Copper Ribbed RS2 #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
Streamers: Thin Mints #6-10, Platte River Spider #4, Dude Friendly #8, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Black #6, Aggrivator Prince #6, 'Nilla Bugger #8-10
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