Report : 8/30/15
The Poudre has been hard to beat lately but if you are looking for something different, don't rule out our local lakes and ponds. Here around Fort Collins we have plenty of different options from small neighborhood ponds, to large lakes and reservoirs, all of which have been a lot of fun all summer long. Swing by either shop and we can point you in the direction of some of our favorite spots and flies.
Warm water fishing has been great throughout the summer and should continue to hold until colder temps prevail. If you need to see a couple more top water bass explosions, get after it! Bass fishing has been good for both smallies and largemouth. Hot weather can definitely make carp happy, so get out and try to hook one in the mornings and afternoons.
Laramie plains lakes have been fishing well throughout the summer. Leeches, Crayfish patterns, Chrionomids, Scuds, and small streamers have been the most productive offerings as of late. Be prepared for most late summer hatches like callibaetis, chironimids, and even some terrestrials action. Evenings have been bringing fish to the surface when wind isn't a major factor.
Delaney Buttes having been fishing well for those who put in the time. Hatching callibaetis, caddis, and chironimids can bring fish up to the surface in the evenings. You can also walk the banks and watch for cruisers in the shallows looking for ants, beetles, and grasshoppers. The most productive fishing will most likely be subsurface with callibaetis, chironimids nymphs and buggers. As night time temps begin to drop, streamer fishing will get better and better as fish stock up on calories before the impending ice over.
When the weather is consistently warm, night fishing can be very productive in the small hours of the morning.
Red Feather lakes have been fishing well. Buggers, chironomids, and streamers have been the go-to patterns in Red Feather. Dries have also been producing in the morning and evenings, don't go up without a fistfull of Para-Adams!