Sunday, January 20, 2013

Poudre River Fly Fishing Report 01/18/13

All week the weather reporters forecasted temperatures in the 50’s. For weeks, single digit temperatures had their grip on Northern Colorado, and the fifties sounded like a heat wave. I was chomping at the bit to hit the river! Fly Fishing Friday, F3, (I know not to creative but it works for us) was upon us and it was time to get on the river.

The truck was covered with frost and as we loaded our gear, we sure hoped the weather forecasters knew what they were talking about.  We grabbed our cup of coffee, breakfast burrito and were excited about the day!

The first stop was the Horsetooth Reservoir Inlet. My buddy and I had hoped to pull one or two rainbows out of their winter beds that my buddy, bigdryfly.com, had told me about.  The parking lot was empty, promising, and the water was flowing…so far so good. 

The sun was dancing over the foothills and each of us was anxiously waiting for it to hit the river.  Truth be told, we anxiously waited for the sun to hit and warm us. The eyelets froze with each cast and retrieve of our nymphs and streamers. 

  






We caught the chills, frozen eyelets, and beautiful scenery; however, no rainbows or any other resident that wanted to be bothered. 









Yep! Those are ice cubes on my eyelets!








We loaded up, stayed in our boots and waders, and make the short trip to the lower section of the Poudre River. 








As you can see by the picture below, the fishing was rather slow. 


The water was a bit chunky and thin. I had a difficult time dialing in what they were feeding on and I tried everything in my box. I adjusted for depth constantly; however, I had a difficult time maintaining a natural drift. Still no luck!  Any ideas? 















Happy Nymphing!




11 comments:

  1. No suggestions, just admiration for you guys giving it an All American try out there. Temptation isn't everything it is cracked up to be.

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    1. Mel, We have to get out there and let ya know when those rainbows and browns need attention!

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  2. Wow, I think I see the boulder I tore my ankle up on. No advice from a warm weather, cold water fisherman except go home, mix yourself a nice drink and turn on football.

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    1. Howard! I am with you and that is exactly what happened! Could not resist the opportunity to take the photo!

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  3. Great post! I enjoyed reading it, you did a great job of capturing the spirit of the day.

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    1. Thanks buddy! Definitely a cold one and did not see any of those rainbows....You will have to school me!

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  5. I'm with cofisher; ice is for chillin' the bourbon, not for fishing on/from/in. A++ for effort and dedication though.

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    1. B careful with a name like Nymph_Oh_Maniac....May get alot of non fisher folks wanting to chat! Fish on buddy!

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  6. Great post. For more detail please visit http://www.nzflyfishing.co.nz

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    1. Paddy Thank you for stopping by and your comment! I hope to be in NZ someday and would love to spend sometime on the water with you!

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