Last Update: 7/26/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 373 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 175 cfs@ Fort Collins, 29.4 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman.
Poudre River Fishing Report: We are finally starting to get some afternoon thunderstorms coming through the area which has helped keep flows just about perfect, and the fishing has been great! It has been most consistent with dry-dropper rigs, caddis nymphs and smaller to medium size attractor nymphs are moving a ton of fish. We are seeing dry fly action heat up throughout the entire canyon with a little more consistency and bug life in the lower/middle portions. Consider switching that nymph for another dry fly! Most of the stoneflies have come and gone, but keeping some oversized attractor patterns stuffed in your box is still a good idea. We are seeing some pretty good caddis hatches throughout the entire canyon, usually later in the afternoon and evening, so make sure you are loaded up on some elk hair and headlight caddis. You also might be lucky enough to hear some grasshoppers and cicadas out and about. When using big dries, don’t be scared to use heavy leader and tippet like 3x to get better casts and to help keep your flies buttoned up when the trees or willows reach down and grab them. Fish are starting to spread out, but the outside seams and pockets are still holding a lot of fish.
The Poudre through town has been rising and dropping drastically without warning. It can be a little tricky finding fish when this happens with any sort of regularity but it is still a great way to spend an afternoon. With hot weather and low flows, it is important to be mindful of water temperatures in the town stretches. Find some deeper water when the flows plummet, and focus on shallower riffle/runs when they come back out. Caddis, PMDs, the most consistent hatches and streamers will always find a few fish, often the bigger ones we have around here.
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Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: PMX #12-14, Chew Toy Stimi #12-14, Foam PMX #10-12, Chubby Chernobyl #12-16, Cousin It #10-14, Trina's Carnage Attractor, Amy's Ant #10-12, Q's Sparkle Flag Adams #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, EC Caddis #14-16, Headlight Caddis #14-16, Ext. Body PMD #14-18, Split Flag PMD #16-18, Film Critic PMD #16-18,
Nymphs: GB Prince #8-14, Hotwire Prince #14-16, Montana Prince #14-16, BH Twenty Incher #14, Iron Sallys #14-16, BH Copper John #14-16, Tung. Micro Stone #14-16, Wired Stone #12-16, Swing Caddis #14-16, Poudre Pupa #16, Caddis Larva #16, Barr's Emerger PMD #14-20, Poxy Back PMD #14-18, Hunchback PMD #16-18, Trina's Bubbleback PMD #16
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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