Last Update: 11/29/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 75 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 71 cfs@ Fort Collins, 34 cfs @ NF Below Seaman
Poudre River Fishing Report:
It's beginning to look a lot like Winter... temps have dropped and snow is on the ground. Combined with the darker days, most spots in the canyon will get less and less sunlight which creates more and more ice. The further up you go, expect to see your favorite runs getting glazed over. Don’t worry though. The middle to lower canyon is still fishing very well with hatches of midges and occasional Blue Wings popping sporadically every day.
When 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. From the Mish down has plenty of good water and we having been seeing some great hatches occurring from Gateway to Picnic Rock.
If you only have a limited amount of time to get on the water, don’t forget about our stretches through town. 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. Even as the weather turns, don’t forget about streamers in town. There always seems to be one or two fishing hungry enough for a bigger meal so don't forget your box of lead eyes and marabou.
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, Dude Friendly Natural, White #8, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Black #6, Aggrivator Prince #6.
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