Last Update: 8/29/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 85 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 158 cfs @ Fort Collins, 7 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman.
Poudre River Fishing Report: Its Dry Fly Time!: The fishing is still great in the canyon! Be aware that the very lower stretches of the river are starting to warm up in the middle of the afternoon, so heading up a little higher in the canyon during that time of day is going to be more productive. Flows are low and clear, which facilitates crossing the river in sections that were previoiusly too high and fast. The clarity allows us to spot fish and read water more accurately as well. The bugs are living it up and are keeping the fish well fed and looking up.
As always, nymphs will find fish any time of day but double dry fly rigs are picking fish up very well, from the top to the bottom of the canyon. Consider switching that nymph for another dry fly! There are hoppers clicking around all over the river and fish will be keying in on those as we inch closer to September. We are still seeing very good caddis and PMD hatches throughout the entire canyon, usually later in the afternoon and evening, so make sure you are loaded up on a few different patterns to cover your bases and set up for any situation.
As flows continue to drop and the fish see more pressure, you may start to see the occasional refusal and now is when we start to consider tippet size and leader length. 4x leaders and tippet are still perfect but we have been using some 5x to the smaller bugs on our rigs. Sometimes that’s all you need to get more fish in the net. They definitely are starting to spread out, but pocket water and riffle-run scenarios hold most of the active feeders. Working the pocket water low in the canyon and up through Kelly Flats has been outstanding and there tends to be more elbow room to spread out and find some solitude.
If you don’t have a lot of time to hit the canyon, town is a legitimate option to find some sippers and streamer eaters. Focus your efforts on shallower riffle/runs as there is a higher oxygen content and the fish that will occupy those spots are typically feeding. Hard. Caddis, PMDs, are the consistent hatches to look for with hoppers getting more and more attention. Streamers will always find a few fish and we have been hearing reports and seeing pictures of some very nice fish being caught.
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Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: PMX #12-14, Chew Toy Stimi #12-14, Foam PMX #10-12, Chubby Chernobyl #12-16, Cousin It #10-14, Trina's Carnage Attractor, Amy's Ant #10-12, Streambank Hopper #12, Morrish Hopper #12-14, Q's Sparkle Flag Adams #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, EC Caddis #14-16, Headlight Caddis #14-16, Ext. Body PMD #14-18, Split Flag PMD #16-18, Film Critic PMD #16-18,
Nymphs: GB Prince #8-14, Hotwire Prince #14-16, Montana Prince #14-16, BH Twenty Incher #14, Iron Sallys #14-16, Tung. Micro Stone #14-16, Wired Stone #12-16, Swing Caddis #14-16, Poudre Pupa #16, Caddis Larva #16, Barr's Emerger PMD #14-20, Poxy Back PMD #14-18, Hunchback PMD #16-18, Trina's Bubbleback PMD #16
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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