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Fall is always an interesting time on the Poudre, as you'll have the opportunity to catch fish on everything from a #22 Trico Spinner or #20 Griffith's Gnat to an articulated streamer. Water in the canyon is lower and clearer in October/November, so observation is your best friend. Take a few minutes to look at the water and the air before fishing and see what's going on: are they sipping midges in the long slicks? Is the air full of swarms of tiny dark bugs, or is it a warmer day and little caddis are bouncing around? Maybe there seems to be nothing at all happening, but the light is very low and there's a bit of fog in the air, so you decide to try fooling a bigger one on a streamer. I've had a lot of fun on cloudy, cool days in the fall in the Poudre canyon fishing a rig like a #16-18 elk hair caddis dropping down to a #20 griffith's gnat. That being said, you can also nymph a leech or san juan worm to a small beadhead pheasant tail in here and get into plenty of fish. In general, think smaller and darker/drab or just a small amount of flash with your bugs in the fall on the Poudre. Other favorites for shoulder season include the Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, the sparkle wing RS2, the always-in-play Blue Poison Tung and Rainbow Warrior, and of course the Zebra Midge. Favorite dries include small dark elk hair caddis, griffith's gnat, para adams in various colors, biot body trico duns, and classic attractors like the stimulator, 409, chubby, etc. in sz 16 and smaller. If you decide to tie on a streamer, try one that imitates a small rainbow or brown trout such as a smaller sparkle minnow, mini dungeon, thin mint, or gonga.

Report Updated On: 10/09/2018
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Casting a fly in a tranquil mountain stream, feeling the tug on the line, and holding a beautiful rainbow trout makes us feel alive and intensely connected with nature. Fly fishing is our way of life and we are blessed with hundreds of nearby rivers and streams just a short distance away from Boulder. From the swift spring waters of the Clear Creek to the meandering bends of the South Platte, it's critical to consider fishing conditions in advance and prepare accordingly. We rely on our experienced guides who venture into the wild to let us know which rivers favor fly fishing, where fish are biting, and which fly patterns are most effective. Planning a successful fishing trip also requires knowledge of stream flows at various river points and an accurate weather forecast for a given destination. At Rocky Mountain Anglers, we are dedicated to providing all avid anglers with detailed and timely information about hatches, water, and weather conditions. So before you head out the door on your next fishing adventure, visit our web site to find valuable information that will prepare you for a successful trip. Have fun chasing after your next trophy trout and enjoy nature's beauty!The Rocky Mountain Anglers Crew
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