Last Update: 9/17/2014
Poudre River Streamflow :: Canyon Mouth 318 cfs, 75 cfs in Ft. Collins. Below Seaman Reservoir 5.2 cfs
The early cold temps have moved off and we are back into our standard 60-70 degree days. It seems we have finally settled in to more seasonal fall flows the past week. The fish are still eating big attractor patterns on the surface along the edges. As the lower flows create more definition in the water, the fish are easier to target. With the moderate late summer temps the river is in fantastic shape and fish are active all day. Guides are reporting the best fishing is in the faster, shallower water so don't overlook that type of water. 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.
Town has been tricky due to unpredictable flows. As a rule of thumb, if flows are up over 25 cfs there is enough water for those fish to spread out. Anything lower and they tend to pod up a bit. Look for the same features in town as you would in the canyon.
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: , Chubby Chernobyl #10-14, PMX #10-14, Foam PMX #10-12, , Headlight Caddis #14-16, Chew-Toy Stimi #6-10, E/C Caddis #14-18, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Ext. Body PMD #16-18, Film Critic PMD
Nymphs: Tungsten Swing Caddis #14-18, 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
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