Cache La Poudre River Report
Current Streamflow : 2110 cfs @ Canyon Mouth, 1010 cfs @ Fort Collins, 210 cfs @ North Fork Below Seaman Reservoir
Poudre River Fishing Report:
The Poudre has recently peaked and is dropping consistently since. This is great in terms of fishing, clarity is returning, water is less pushy, and water temperatures are starting to rise, meaning more bugs and especially more topwater action! Exciting stuff. While the water is still high, fishing right up along the bank is still the best option due to fish trying to avoid fighting the current. The foam lines are being pushed right up along the bank where this slower water is as well, always try to remember, “foam is food”, and where the food is, the fish will be. The salmonfly hatch has moved into the higher reaches of the canyon and the trout are hungry for em! Keep an eye out for shucks on the bushes and bugs coming off the willows into the soft edges where the trout will be lurking. Fish are aggressive on the dry flies in the middle to high canyon so be ready with a variety of big chubby's, king kong's and bank robbers.
If your looking to get your dry fly fix while the water is still pumping, the upper canyon may yield the best results. As for the lower canyon, dry dropper and nymph rigs with big stoneflies, attractors, and caddis will find fish. Fish are feeding right at our feet so avoid trying to wade out into the current. This can be very unsafe this time of year if you take a swim, and you will end up missing most of the fish congregated within the first 3 feet of the bank. A 7.5 foot leader in 3x or 4x (depending on how clear the water is) with 4x tippet is what most of our guides are using right now. This time of year it’s important to cover water and avoid lingering in one spot for too long. If your looking to fish through town the same rules apply, throwing a streamer in the mix is never a bad bet with off color water and fish holding on or near the bank.
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Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::
Dries: King Kong #4 Bank Robber #6, El Camino Gold #8, Sofa Pillow #12, Rogue Foam Stone #8, Chubby Chernobyl's #8-14, Amy's Ants #14-16, Parachute Adams #12-18, EC Caddis #14-18, Headlight Caddis #18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Tan Foam PMX #10, Favillian Dun #12, Fat Albert #6, Bottle Humpy #12, Cousin It #8-12, Stimi or Chew Toy #10-16
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, The Ticket #16, Tak's Go2 Caddis #16, Copper John Chart # 12-14, Girdle Bug #6-10, Swing Caddis #14-18, Gold Biot Stone #10-18, Pheasant Tail #14-20
Streamers: MINI DUNGEONS!!! 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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