Originally Posted by mgross2144
I have been starting to fish the poudre this fall and I must admit that I found it kinda difficult as I headed up the canyon... Granted I've only started to drive up the canyon ( I've driven up a few miles, not yet to Mishawaka when headed from Fort Collins.)
I was wondering what type of flies you used and if you had any advice for me for future trips.
I am certainly no expert on the Poudre! That is the first time I have ever fished it.
I thought it might be better if I got above the areas where flood damage had come through. I don't know if it was really necessary, but I figured I had a better chance in the areas less disturbed.
From "Ted's Place" (turnoff of 287 to hwy 14) I was up canyon about 20 to 25 miles. I fished maybe 5 miles above to 5 miles below where Pinegree Road takes off (63E). Most of the fish were not huge....just average 12 to 15 in sized. Water was very clear and gets heavy pressure so I stayed low and somewhat stealthy.
Later on and next year, it probably won't matter getting above the flood areas. Since it flooded only a few weeks ago, I thought it might be an issue.
I used a parachute Adams (BWO) and a caddis/hopper/stonefly imitaiton. I was fishing mostly from about 11 to about 3:30. I generally find that fish will still take a hopper or caddis in the first half of Oct. I think it is just habit for them. Later in the month it is probably better to stick with BWO, midge imitations, or nymphs. Good luck.
I will be back to the area, as one of our daughters and her family lives in Fort Collins. I usually am too busy with grandkids to fish the larger rivers, but I will again eventually.
We also need to find which reservoirs in the area are good panfishing to take the grandkids to.