Cache La Poudre River Report
Current Streamflow : 1690 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 1830 cfs @ Fort Collins, 1180 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman Reservoir
Poudre River Fishing Report:
We are now in the heat of runoff since our late May snowfall. Flows are up and are continuing to rise. Don't let that keep you from the water, the Poudre is one of the better systems to fish during high flows. This late spring heat and moisture along the Front Range which has bump our flows significantly and 3x and 4x has become the primary for leader tippet due to loss of clarity. Trout seek refuge from strong current along any soft water seam that is oriented right along the bank. A heavy nymph rig with meaty stonefly droppers will get some serious attention down deep. The 4x and 3x tippet makes roll casting much easier with these bugs and keeps those rigs untangled. However, our guides are still saying that variety is key. Having nymphs, dries, and emergers in various sizes of Blue Wings, Caddis, and Stoneflies is going to set you up for success. One of our favorite ways to fish this time of year is a dry-dropper rig with a foamy attracter fly up top and a smallish stonefly nymph about 18-20" below.
Flows in town are high. If you only have a short amount of time to fish and can't make it up to the canyon, bug choice will be very similar with Blue Wings and Caddis being present, and the main food source will be stoneflies. Don't be afraid to fish a streamer this time of year, the muddy and pushy water is making fish move as smaller buggers which is always a good time. Basically get out and fish!!
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Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: PMX #12-14, Chubby Chernobyl's #8-14, Amy's Ants #14-16, Parachute Adams #12-18, Extended Body BWO #16-18, Sprouts BWO #18-20, CDC Baetis Dun #18, Q's Sparkle Flag Adams #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18, EC Caddis #14-18, Headlight Caddis #18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Tan PMX #10, Favillian Dun #12, Fat Albert #6, King Kong #4
Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs #6-10, DB Stone Peacock #10-12, Hotwire Prince #16-14, Sparkle Worms #10, Purple Prince #12-18, Wired Stones #14-10, Stone Bombs #10-8, GB Prince #8-18, Barr's Emerger #18-20, Micro May #18-20, Rainbow Warrior #16, Anatomay #18-20, Two-Bit Hooker #16-18, The Ticket #16, Tak's Go2 Caddis #16, San Juan Worms #10
Streamers: Thin Mints #6-10, Platte River Spider #4, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Black #6, Aggravator Prince #6, 'Nilla Bugger #8-10, Sparkle Minnow, Trick or Treat #4, Rubber Buggers
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