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Cache La Poudre River


Fishing on the Poudre has been great with mostly stable flows, mild temps and a variety of bugs. While intraday flows have been somewhat erratic, it hasn’t had a dramatic impact on productivity. At this point, the dry dropper will continue to be the most effective mode of fishing. However, nymphing will produce as well. When fishing a dry dropper, we like to lead with an Amy’s Ant or Elk Hair Caddis followed by one or more smaller searchers/attractors like a Flashback PT, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, Perdigon, Rainbow Warrior, red/green Copper John or Frenchie to start. Otherwise, we’ll fish smaller imitations in the midge and baetis variety to really hone it in. Keep it simple when it comes to your imitations. Black or purple Zebra Midges, Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, RS2s, Darth Baetis and Juju Baetis are a few of our go-to patterns right now. If you find some deep and slower water, don’t hesitate to rig up a nymph rig. Lead with bigger flies followed by smaller imitations if you go this route. While hatch activity has been fairly consistent with midge and BWOs making regular appearances, surface action has been hit or miss. Regardless, if you see trout actively rising, don’t hesitate to rig up a single, double or dry to an emerger rig. Lastly, smaller streamers are becoming increasingly effective as territorial browns gear up to spawn.

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