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The Poudre Canyon can be hit or miss in the wintertime months of Dec - Feb, but some good hatches of midges and even dark winter stones make it definitely worth a look. You'll find best success between the peak daytime hours of roughly 10 AM-2 PM when water is warmest, especially the farther up you go (and assuming things aren't downright iced, obviously). Nymphing with a small, light indicator on the rig will generally get you the most success, with a little flashy midge or small worm type bug in the lead dropping to something smaller and more realistic. Other favorites for winter 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. If you decide to tie on a streamer, try one that imitates a small rainbow or brown trout such as a sparkle minnow, mini dungeon, thin mint, gonga, or sculpin or some kind. If you see sippers, try leading with a griffith's gnat and dropping to a trailing shuck midge or small emerger.

Report Updated On: 12/19/2018
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