Last Update: 4/25/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 620 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 396 cfs in town of Fort Collins, 478 cfs @ North Fork below Seaman's Reservoir
Poudre River Fishing Report: Flows on the Poudre are just about optimal for this time of year and it is fishing great. Although the water is slightly off color due to early runoff, the fishing is still exceptional. Guides are reporting good success with double nymph rigs with a combo of bigger stone flies followed up by a baetis sized nymph. Fishing is good from Picnic Rock all the way above Rustic with golden stone and baetis/midge nymphs. In the warmest part of the day, don't forget to look for noses in eddies, foam lines and slower runs as a lot of fish are taking the time to eat dries! While you're at it, try thinking a bit outside the box and throw a medium sized Stimi or chubby...you might be surprised!
Town is a little hit and miss with unpredictable flows. They just bumped back up the flows, so keep this in mind when heading out there. The further west you go, the higher the flows will be. Keep in mind Shields Bridge is closed and river access is not allowed. This project is scheduled to go until September but we will keep you updated. When flows are higher in town, clarity can be a bit off color because of machinery in the river but don't let this scare you off. Big flashy flies will still find fish.
Now's the time to hit the river hard through this "pre-runoff" time frame and as always, if you have any questions about rigs and bugs, stop past either one of the shops.
Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: Eric's Midge #20-22, Sprout BWO #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18-20, Extended Body BWO #18-22, Para Adams #18-22, Split Flag Adams #18-20, Stimulator Olive, Yellow, Orange #12-16, Chubby Chernobyl #12-16.
Nymphs: Zebra Midges in black #18-20, Juju midge(brown, olive, blue)#20-22. Sparkle Wing RS2 in black, grey or olive #18-22. Barr's emerger BWO #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-20, Copper Rib RS2 #18-20, Prince Nymph #12-16, Girdle Bugs- all colors and sizes, Wired Stone Golden #10-14, 20 Incher #10-14, Stone Bomb #10-12.
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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