Last Update: 12/10/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : n/a cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 13 cfs @ Fort Collins, 17 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman Reservoir
Poudre River Fishing Report:
This latest snow fall has coverd up the rest of the canyon with ice and the canyon mouth gauge is shut off for the season. The best places to fish during these conditions are typically below tailwaters, where water being released from dams keeps downstream currents from icing up. The best place to find this on the Poudre is below Seaman Reservoir on the North Fork.
As long as you see open water you can fish it, just be cautious of icy edges that could damage your line or break you off. Flows remain quite low which can be challenging. Stealth is crucial with the water levels where they are. Walk softly and try not to splash too much. It's important to cover lots of different types of water this time of year. Don't focus on one spot too long. This is a great time of year to hone up on your sight-fishing skills.
With winter conditions fish tend to hold in deeper pools, runs, and riffles where the water stays slightly warmer. Small midges will produce the most fish both on top when you see risers, and below the surface when you dont. The nymph rig will be most effective in finding those fish, but make sure your indicator isn't an inch in diameter and bright orange. This time of year you want to be using a supple indicator such as the New Zealand wool strike indicator or a Pulsa Pinch On. Bug size and tippet size are super important as well. Stick to midges and baetis in the #18 to #24 range. Your leader needs to be 6x with tippet no bigger than 6x.
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Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: ARF Midge Black #20, CDC Baetis Dun #18, Para-adams #20-24, Sprout Midge #18-22, Bucky's Midge Cluster #20, Q's Sparkle Flag Adams #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18-20,
Nymphs: Poison Tungsten #18-20, Copper Ribbed RS2 #18-20, GB Prince #18, Tung. Micro Stone #16, Barr's Emerger #18-20, Micro May #18-20, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-22, WD-40 #18-20, Anatomay #18-20, Two-Bit Hooker #18-20, RS-2 #18-20
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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