Last Update: 3/25/2015
Poudre River Streamflow :: Canyon Mouth 186 cfs, 161 cfs in Ft. Collins.
Below Seaman Reservoir 96 cfsThis recent warming trend we’ve had has opened up a ton of water in the canyon and the forecast is still calling for the same! The water temps have also been increasing, which will create more bug activity resulting in feeding fish. Water has still been chilly early in the day but as the sun gets on it fish have been getting on the feed. We’ve seen baetis coming off on the really sunny days and midges hatching sporadically every afternoon. For dry flies we’ve been throwing Shucking Midges, Midge Sprouts and CDC Biot BWO’s. Small winter bugs continue to be our primary nymph producers; we’ve done particularly well on Black/Pearl Rainbow Warriors, Anatomays, Sparkle Wing RS-2’s and Ju-Ju Midges to name a few.
Flows in town have jumped with these warm temps as well! We continue to have good luck as Far East as the Riverbend Ponds but the whole town stretch has been pretty consistent. Keep in mind Shields Bridge is closed and will be until September so river access is closed up and downstream of here. Fish still seem to be sticking to their winter holes but have been coming up to the surface for the afternoon hatches. Streamers are never a bad bet, especially in town. As always, how you retrieve your flies is more critical in colder temps so make sure you are getting deep and working your bugs slow. Take advantage of all the open water and get out and enjoy Fort Collin's local fishery!
Recommended Flies for Poudre River ::
Dries: Biot Midge Black #18-22, Shucking Midge #18-22, Sprout Midge Black/Gray #18-24, Eric's Midge #18-20, Sprout BWO #18-22, Ext. Body BWO #20-22, CDC Baetis #20-24, Para Adams #16-22, BWO Film Critic #18-22.
Nymphs: Juju Emerger #18-22, Desert Storm #18-24, Brassie #18-22, Two-bit Hooker #16-22, BWO Barr Emerger #16-22, Girdle Bug #6-10, Jimmy Legs #10-12, 20 Incher #12, Copper John #12-16, Purple Prince #12, North Fork Special Black & Tan #12, Sparkle Wing RS2#18-20, Foam Wing RS2 #18-20, Sparkle Worm Red/Pink #10, Pig Sticker Red/Pink #6, Split Foam Back #18-20, Zebra Midge #18-22.
Streamers: Cat Toy #4, Copper Thin Mint #6-10, Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Vanilla Bugger #4-8, Goldie #6 Near Nuff Sculpin #6, Olive Rubber Bugger #4-6, White/Black Sculpzilla #4.
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