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The flows have been low and clear on the Poudre lately, but the warmer weather has the fish feeding. Deeper holes are great places to focus on and often once you find one fish, chances are there's a few more in that same spot. BWOs and midges have still been the main hatches we have seen. Dry fly fishing has been really good while a hatch is going on. If fish are coming up to the fly and refusing it, try downsizing the fly a size or two. Some dry flies such as #18-22 parachute BWO, #18-22 eric's hi-vis midge, and #18-20 film critic BWO. When fishing dry droppers or nymph rigs subsurface, some patterns to try include #18-22 juju baetis, #16-20 micro mayfly, and #16-20 BH pheasant tails. It is important to use small sized indicators to detect the light bites and downsize your tippet with the clear and low water. Streamers are another great option this time of year as the fish are aggressive and getting ready for winter. Smaller #10-12 thin mints and wooly buggers are great patterns to try. Try to fish streamers through both slow water and the faster pockets.
The flows in Gateway will vary from day to day. When the flows are up, fishing has been good. When flows are higher, the fish can spread out a lot more, so make sure to fish every pocket. When flows are low, fish can be a lot more spooky, so you may need to fish with lighter leader and tippet. Smaller BWO and midge patterns have been working well, along with some small streamer patterns.
The Poudre is our forte, so be sure to stop by or give us a call if you have any questions!
Dries: Parachute Adams #18-24, Mole Fly Brown/Olive #18-22, Blue Wing Olive #18-22 Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Film Critic BWO #18-20, Sparkle Flag BWO #16-18
Nymphs: Prince Nymph #16-18, Hotwire Prince Nymph #16-18, Pheasant Tail #18-22, Jig Baetis #18, Two Bit Hooker Olive #16-18, Spanish Bullet Olive Dun #18, Copper Rib RS2 #18-20, RS2 #18-22, Zebra Midge #18-22
Streamers: Micro Sex Dungeon, Beldar Bugger #6, Sparkle Minnow Brown #8, Black Wooly Bugger, Slump Buster, Copper Thin Mint #6-12, Baby Swim Coach #4, Hot Head Leech #10
The 2022 season on the Poudre was an absolute blast! Give us a call at (970) 498-8968 to book your guided trip.