Last Update: 1/26/2015
Poudre River Streamflow :: Canyon Mouth N/A cfs, 112 cfs in Ft. Collins.
Below Seaman Reservoir 46 cfs
Nice weather forecasted for the next few days, get it while it's good. Mid-day midge and small baetis hatches should be occurring, regardless of the recent snow and drop in temperature. The fishing on the Poudre has continued to be consistent in the lower canyon and if you get your timing right you may even find yourself surrounded by a pod of risers. The chilly mornings are causing some river ice but this clears up by early afternoon. Sleep in a little, load up on some hot coffee and be on the river by mid-morning and plan on staying out there through early afternoon. Have a few different kinds of attractor nymphs in your box like Girdle Bugs, 20 Inchers, and Jimmy Legs, and follow them up with smaller midge and baetis nymph patterns.
The guage at the canyon mouth has been shut down for the winter but don't let that stop you. The Poudre has some ice on it in the upper canyon, but the stretches below Gateway Park are still very fishable. In town the river looks fantastic with no ice at all and will be fishing great for the next few days. Smaller leader and tippet are critical, as is a more stealthy approach. Streamer fishing has been good in the mornings and late afternoons. While mid-day the baetis and midges have been coming off quite frequently.
Look for midge hatches throughout the day and a few BWO's with the cloud coverage. Size is extremely important, nymphs in the #18-22 size are the go to and dries are similar although smaller midge dries (#20-24) have been proving effective. The exception to this rule are the attractor nymphs, don't be afraid to try a Girdle Bug or a Sparkle Worm.
Fishing in town has been good with plenty of water to fish all the way from Watson State Wildlife Area to Riverbend Ponds. We are continuing to get reports of good dry fly activity when bugs are hatching with nymph rigs being the most productive. Fish will still eat streamers but how you retrieve your flies is more critical in colder temps so make sure you are getting deep and a slowing your retrieve down. This will be more important as fish are less willing to chase down moving flies as their metabolisms slow down. 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.
Recommended Flies for Poudre River ::
Dries: Sprout Midge Black/Gray #18-24, Eric's Midge #18-20, 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: Two-bit Hooker #16-22, 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, 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: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/Black Sculpzilla #4 Crazy Dad #8
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