Cache La Poudre River

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Feb 17 St. Peter's Fly Shop

Poudre River Fishing Report:

The week ahead is looking to treat us to the full Colorado treatment. Sunny days followed closely by snow and wind. The weekend ahead however is looking like another teaser of spring. Temps in the upper 40s with plenty of sunshine. Look to the water for midday midge hatches and surface activity. During these events fishing small emerger patterns such as Mole Midges and small RS-2s can be a great way to fool picky fish. On the days when you can't find risers, nymphing still holds great potential for productive fishing. Sifting through deeper pools and longer stretches of open water can yield fantastic results. There will definitely be snow and ice along the river so please be careful as the edge ice makes for treacherous walking conditions. A good thing to do is try and remember where the deep holes are so you don't have to risk walking on the ice. On days that the main stem is frozen you can fish below seaman reservoir. Gateway has not seen flows higher than about 4 cfs in recent months, making this section difficult to fish and possibly even frozen. Colder temps through the night and early mornings leaves a layer of ice over this water, but has been opening up in the afternoons on warmer days. There can sometimes be warmer, more consistent flows, but it's always worth checking due to the lack of flow we have seen over the last month. It's also time to fish small bugs. Not only can this be extremely effective on some colder days but it's very fun too. At this point, insect activity on the water is almost entirely midges. Sizing down is the key to success as flows have become low, slow, and clear causing fish to be pickier. We're recommending fishing 5x or 6x monofilament or nylon to the dry and 5x or 6x fluorocarbon to nymphs. Matching the hatch is definitely not the only way to catch fish this time of year though. In slower deeper sections of the North Fork and throughout town, fishing a streamer can be a great way to mix it up and potentially catch larger fish. Carry an assortment of colors and sizes and don't be afraid to get creative with your strip patterns.

Dries: Griffith's Gnat # 18-22, Shucking Midge # 20-22, Biot Midge # 20-22, Sprout Midge #18-20, Mole Fly #18-22 ARF Midge #20-24

Nymphs: Melting Pot Midge # 18-20, Skinny Nelson #16-18, Disco Midge #18-22, Copper Ribbed RS-2 #18-22, Poison Tung #18-20, Juju Midge # 20-22, Rojo Midge # 20-22, UV Midge # 18-24

Streamers: Thin Mints #8-12, Platte River Spider #4, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Rust #6, Aggravator Prince #6, 'Nilla Bugger #8-10, Sparkle Minnow, Trick or Treat #4, Mini Dungeon

For any questions on how to tackle the Poudre whether it's location, rigs, or flies stop by either shop before you head out!

Other Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::

To Book your guide trip please contact the shop at (970) 498-8968.

This report was written by St. Peter's Fly Shop: http://www.stpetes.com
970-498-8968

Feb 03 St. Peter's Fly Shop

Poudre River Fishing Report:

The warm weather has come and passed and we find ourselves in the snow again. The spring like days may be gone for a short while but we can still reap the benefits it brought. Higher temps and accompanying winds loosened up ice across town and through the lower canyon. If you're willing to brave the weather you may still be able to find good fishing. The return of the clouds and cooler days will push fish back to a heavy nymph diet, meaning our best chance lies sub surface. During this period, sifting through deeper pools and longer stretches of open water can yield fantastic results. There will definitely be snow and ice along the river so please be careful as the edge ice makes for treacherous walking conditions. A good thing to do is try and remember where the deep holes are so you don't have to risk walking on the ice. On days that the main stem is frozen you can fish below seaman reservoir. Gateway has not seen flows higher than about 4 cfs in recent months, making this section difficult to fish and possibly even frozen. Colder temps through the night and early mornings leaves a layer of ice over this water, but has been opening up in the afternoons on warmer days. There can sometimes be warmer, more consistent flows, but it's always worth checking due to the lack of flow we have seen over the last month. It's also time to fish small bugs. Not only can this be extremely effective on some colder days but it's very fun too. At this point, insect activity on the water is almost entirely midges. Sizing down is the key to success as flows have become low, slow, and clear causing fish to be pickier. We're recommending fishing 5x or 6x monofilament or nylon to the dry and 5x or 6x fluorocarbon to nymphs. Matching the hatch is definitely not the only way to catch fish this time of year though. In slower deeper sections of the North Fork and throughout town, fishing a streamer can be a great way to mix it up and potentially catch larger fish. Carry an assortment of colors and sizes and don't be afraid to get creative with your strip patterns.

Dries: Griffith's Gnat # 18-22, Shucking Midge # 20-22, Biot Midge # 20-22, Sprout Midge #18-20, Mole Fly #18-22 ARF Midge #20-24

Nymphs: Melting Pot Midge # 18-20, Skinny Nelson #16-18, Disco Midge #18-22, Copper Ribbed RS-2 #18-22, Poison Tung #18-20, Juju Midge # 20-22, Rojo Midge # 20-22, UV Midge # 18-24

Streamers: Thin Mints #8-12, Platte River Spider #4, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Rust #6, Aggravator Prince #6, 'Nilla Bugger #8-10, Sparkle Minnow, Trick or Treat #4, Mini Dungeon

For any questions on how to tackle the Poudre whether it's location, rigs, or flies stop by either shop before you head out!

Other Recommended Flies for the Cache la Poudre River ::

To Book your guide trip please contact the shop at (970) 498-8968.

This report was written by St. Peter's Fly Shop: http://www.stpetes.com
970-498-8968

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