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?