Cache La Poudre River Report
Current Streamflow : 123 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 17 cfs @ Fort Collins, 44 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman Reservoir
Poudre River Fishing Report:
We are starting to see more water make its way down the canyon and the clarity is a bit off. The ditch at the canyon mouth is running so the actual flow above Picnic Rock is more like 200 cfs. Runoff conditions makes sneaking up and presenting flies to trout a whole lot easier, and having some color to the water makes those fish much more comfortable and really feed hard. Variety is the name of the game and having nymphs, dries, and emergers in various sizes of Blue Wings, Caddis, and Stoneflies is going to set you up for success. Low in the canyon, we have already seen plenty of stones and even some larger mayflies (March Browns?), so from the Mish down there will be plenty of action. That bug activity will only get better as these hatches continue to develop and become more widespread throughout the entire Poudre Canyon. This is also the time of year where dry-droppers can really be a great setup. Don't overlook a #14-16 Chubby with a BWO nymph or small stonefly nymph dropper. This rig can be down right deadly this time of year. Load up on that dry shake people, dry fly season is upon us!
If your life is too busy and your fishing time is limited, cruise the Poudre trail through town and cover some ground. Shields Bridge, Lyons Park and Lee Martinez are producing good hatches and opportunities at some risers and some really nice fish. Keep in mind that the flows through town are changing on a day to day basis but try to pin point those spots with good water flow and plenty of cover and you'll find some happy fish. Fish have been feeding on top during big BWO emergence which have been occurring during days with cloud cover and during dawn and dusk. With the low water conditions in town, fish are on their A-game and can spook easily so don't leave home without some fine tippet (fluorocarbon will help), long leaders, and small indicators. Arm yourself with an assortment of Blue Wing dries and emergers in that #16-20 range, and have those small caddis dries on stand-by.
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Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: Extended Body BWO #16-20, Sprouts BWO #18-20, CDC Baetis Dun #18, Para-adams #16-20, Q's Sparkle Flag Adams #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18-20, EC Caddis #16-18, Headlight Caddis #18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, PMX #14-16, Chubby Chernobyl's #14-16, Amy's Ants #14-16
Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs #12-10, DB Stone Peacock #12, Hotwire Prince #16-14, Purple Prince #12-18, Tungsten Juju Baetis #18-20, GB Prince #14-18, Barr's Emerger #18-20, Micro May #18-20, Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Anatomay #18-20, Two-Bit Hooker #16-20, RS-2 #16-20, The Ticket #16, Tak's Go2 Caddis #16, San Juan Worms #10
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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