River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 49 cfs
River Statistics:
»At Canyon Mouth
Current:   49 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   53 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   51 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   37 cfs
Gage Height:   2.86 ft

Some great reports have been coming in from the Poudre lately. She's running about average for this time of year, and fish have been coming to dry flies willingly, as is the case with most of our rivers and streams right now. In my experience, from now all the way until things start to cool off significantly in October, caddis are always in play on the Poudre. With water levels now in the ideal range for dry, double dry, and dry dropper rigs, a foam-bodied Elk Hair Caddis dropped to a general attractor nymph like a Prince or a Pheasant Tail can do some serious damage. Hoppers are clicking around up there more and more each day. During the hottest part of the day try throwing a big hopper imitation off the bank and a few twitches and get ready to live. Black chubby chernobyl do well for me up there as well as grand hoppers and cloud hoppers. The Poudre is definitely bigger water in comparison to stuff that's a bit nearer to the Boulder area (Boulder Creek, St. Vrain, etc.), so 4x tippet will often get the job done, but it's not a bad idea to run 5x if you feel like you're not picking up as many as you should, or if fish seem to be dodging the fly when they shouldn't be. Where bugs are concerned, look for plenty of stoneflies, midges, PMDs, terrestrials, and of course caddis. Attractor nymphs like psycho princes, rainbow warriors, blue poison tungs, soft hackle p-tails, HDA variants, all between the sizes 14-18, will always get the job done on the Poudre. Finally, it's no secret that there are some bigger fish down low in the canyon and down through town in Fort Collins. Thin Mints seem to be the local favorite for a small streamer, but smaller buggers, sculpins, and various leech imitations will also do very well. If you can only get out to fish on a weekend, consider exploring one of the feeder creeks to the Poudre. These often yield smaller fish but better numbers.

Report Updated On: 08/20/2017
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