River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 60 cfs
River Statistics:
»At Canyon Mouth
Current:   60 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   58 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   56 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   72 cfs
Gage Height:   2.9 ft

We'll be singing a similar "winter conditions" song to what you tend to hear in many of the reports for Front Range waters at this time of year when it comes to the Poudre. Midges and tiny mayflies are going to be the primary items on the menu, so small sub-surface bugs in the #18-24 range on 5-6x fluorocarbon are going to be your best bet for numbers. You'll need to pick and choose where you fish in here -- the the canyon tends to lock up pretty good in late Dec. - Feb., so fish either sections in town that are getting plenty of sun, or head to the North Fork Tailwater below Seaman Res. Nymph the deeper runs and always be on the lookout for sight fishing opportunities. Winter fishing affords some great chances in this department when waters are low and slow. Solid options for a nymph rig in the Poudre right now include (point flies) dark Copper Johns, Poison Tungs, Rainbow Warriors, Zebra Midges, Mercury Flashback Black Beauties, smaller PTs, etc., and (droppers) Sparkle Wing RS2s, Top Secret Midges, Choco Foambacks, Tailwater Tiny, Tube Midges, and Blood Midges. Blindly throwing dries is seldom productive in the wintertime, but if you visually see noses coming up to the surface, odds are they're probably keying in on small midges or a hatch of small mayflies. Try to identify what they're liking, if you can, and run a double dry fly rig with a more visible bug such as a #18-20 Para Adams or High Vis Griffith's Gnat in the lead with something like an RS2, Soft Hackle Emerger, or Trailing Shuck Midge dropped behind on 6x tippet in #22-26.

Report Updated On: 01/07/2018
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