Last Update: 9/04/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 75 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 103 cfs in town of Fort Collins, 9 cfs @ North Fork below Seaman's Reservoir
Poudre River Fishing Report: Hopper dropper is the name of game on the Poudre right now. There are tons of grasshoppers jumping around and falling in the water and trout are all too happy to snack on them. Underneath the hopper our guides are saying smaller attractor flies like a Hotwire Prince or even smaller baetis patterns have been finding the most fish. Sizing tippets down to 4x and 5x is a good idea with the lower flows.
This time of year fish are moving into faster water so focus your casts in shallower runs and riffles. Most of the bigger bugs of summer have moved on, but we still have some of the best hatches of summer before us. Caddis are hatching throughout the day, as well as Yellow Sally's. PMD's are making an appearance in the afternoon. Morning is the best time to fish a double dry with an attractor pattern as a first and then a smaller PMD or Caddis following. In the afternoon the dry fly action slows down a bit so keep that big attractor on and put a small nymph below. Look for shadier spots on the river when the sun is right over head. Late afternoon and early evening is when consistant dry fly action will start up again.
Flows in town have been a little up and down but is ok.Town is a little low right now so this means it is the time of year where paying close attention to water temps throughout the day literally means life or death for fish. Most of us here at the shop will carry a thermometer with us and take readings as midday approaches. Once temps hit 65 degrees, its a good idea to stop fishing all together, head for some shade, or head to one of the breweries conveniently located near by. Playing fish as quickly as possible and taking the extra time to make sure caught fish are fully revived will not only increase their chance of surviving, but increase your chance of encountering that same fish somewhere down the road. Happy fishing y'all!
Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: Stimulator Olive, Yellow, Orange #12-16, Chubby Chernobyl #12-16, Cousin It #8-10, PMD Extended Body #14-18, Quigley Split Flag PMD #16, Film Critic #16, EC Caddis #14-16, Headlight Caddis #14-16, Foam PMX #10-12, Parahopper #8-12, Sweetgrass Hopper #12, Amy's Ant #8-10, Cathy's Super Beetle #12
Nymphs: Prince Nymph #8-10, Purple Prince #12-16, Girdle Bugs- all colors and sizes, Wired Stone Golden #10-14, 20 Incher #10-14, Stone Bomb #10-12, Poxy-back PMD #18, Tung Swing Nymph #14-18, North Special Black #12, Iron Sally #12-16, Pyrite CAddis #14-16, The Ticket #16, Tak's Go2 Caddis #14-18, Sparkle Worm #10, San Juan Worm #12
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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