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Old 02-21-2013, 02:19 PM
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Yeah, I unfortunately I didn't get a whole lot of fall fishing in because I was traveling and finishing up school. But I have heard that there are some nice sized browns through town. I guess they are just pretty picky and I have yet to nail one.

I fished near legacy maybe a month ago and it was just too shallow. And most of the bigger pools were frozen over. There is that one run near the lake which has produced for me in the past. I think the last time I was there it just too early in the day. Getting a 22 midge emerger down seems to be the ticket for those deep runs.
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yeah, usually have something that small in an emerger on there. Laid into to or three quality browns around 20in and missed a few more last year, especially fishing streamers in the fall.
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Not meaning to hijack, but I am moving to Greeley, CO this summer for an internship and was wondering if the Cache la Poudre River in Ft. Collins would be the closest stream to try and fish?
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From Greeley it would probably be closer to just go west on hwy 34 toward Estes Park, the road follows the Big Thompson river.
Just above Estes is the Rocky Mtn NP and there is a lot of water up there to explore, especially if you're into hiking.
Something to think about is that as you head west on hwy 34 after you pass through Loveland, watch for hwy 56 on the right, if you take that road north, it heads up to Masonville (a wide spot in the road), take a left turn and that puts you on hwy 27, if you follow that north it will take you up to hwy 14 that runs through Poudre Canyon (about 20 miles up the canyon).
There are numerous small lakes in and around that portion of the front range, do some exploring and you will find some great bass and carp fishing.
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From Greeley it would probably be closer to just go west on hwy 34 toward Estes Park, the road follows the Big Thompson river.
Just above Estes is the Rocky Mtn NP and there is a lot of water up there to explore, especially if you're into hiking.
Something to think about is that as you head west on hwy 34 after you pass through Loveland, watch for hwy 56 on the right, if you take that road north, it heads up to Masonville (a wide spot in the road), take a left turn and that puts you on hwy 27, if you follow that north it will take you up to hwy 14 that runs through Poudre Canyon (about 20 miles up the canyon).
There are numerous small lakes in and around that portion of the front range, do some exploring and you will find some great bass and carp fishing.
Exactly, tons of roadside fishing up the Big T canyon. If you are will to hike more than a few hundred feet you should find some unoccupied water. And there is miles of water in the park.

Greeley to Poudre , depending on traffic and how high up the canyon you go probably an hour drive til you are getting your gear on.

Greeley to Big T canyon again depending on traffic and how far you go, but you'd be at the bottom of the canyon in about 30 minutes.

Poudre is much less pressured IMO
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I have to agree with Comeonavs that the Poudre is way less traffic. One thing I forgot to mention that if you are interested in fishing the Poudre, you might be interested in looking through some of the older posts on the Midgeman's blog, he is located down in Westminister now, but used to live in Ft Collins and he regularly fished the Poudre and posted a lot of great information on that water. He doesn't post his blog as much as he used to, but browse through his site. The Midge Manifesto
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I appreciate the input. I've grown up reading articles about fishing in Colorado and out West in general, and have always dreamed of being able take a week long fishing trip out there sometime. Now I can't get over the fact that I'll be living on the Front Range for six months with three day weekends. I'll definitely look into the National Park, and do some research on the local streams. Again, thanks for the input.
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It's interesting, maybe I don't experiment enough- but I will be transparent here: I've never caught a fish on the Big T. Never. Not one. I've probably fished there 10x. Fishing in the Park I've caught plenty of all varieties. Fishing on the Poudre, I've caught plenty. Plenty. Fishing in the bahamas- bonefish, check. But the Big T? nada lol. I aim to change that this summer. I think it's a nymph river and I generally do well with dry's on the Poudre...so my goal is perfecting my nymphing on the Big T and will change the ratio and break the spell

All that to say, I have also had a heckuva time catching fish in town. I live in FoCo. Where do you go in town to fish the Poudre? I've not lived here that long. I have tried a bunch of times in various places (Timberline/Prospect area, lemay/riverside area, legacy park area...) no luck. anyone have any advice for me? Just for what it's worth, I'm a fly fishing, catch and release, barbs clipped, eco friendly fisher
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legacy park is pretty good for me, I also like gustav swanson park by New Belgium. For now, with the flows so low, stealthy approaches are really needed. Best times for me are around 4:30-6:30. There is almost always a midge hatch around then and plenty of rising fish. I usually use a black or grey sprout midge, or a jujubee adult midge(yes I said jujubee adult, see charlie cravens website for tying info). Both work well as emergers in the film. If the flows ever pickup, then nymphing is the ticket. I like a size 12 or 14 flashback hares ear followed by a BWO or midge pupa. I plan on getting out sometime this week, PM me if you would like to meet up.
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legacy park is pretty good for me, I also like gustav swanson park by New Belgium. For now, with the flows so low, stealthy approaches are really needed. Best times for me are around 4:30-6:30. There is almost always a midge hatch around then and plenty of rising fish. I usually use a black or grey sprout midge, or a jujubee adult midge(yes I said jujubee adult, see charlie cravens website for tying info). Both work well as emergers in the film. If the flows ever pickup, then nymphing is the ticket. I like a size 12 or 14 flashback hares ear followed by a BWO or midge pupa. I plan on getting out sometime this week, PM me if you would like to meet up.
Yeah, I've had luck at both of those places as well. I also like fishing up off overland. It has just been so low in town, I have been doing most of my fishing up the canyon.

Good call on the jujubee adult midge. That looks like an awesome pattern for some of those slow shallow pools.
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