Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poudre River Fishing Report 4/5/2013

70 Degrees and sunny tuned into overcast skies, 50’s; however,  what time was it…? Fishin time. 

First time my fishing buddy and I were able to get on the water together since we were standing on the frozen Poudre River back in January. It promised to be a great day! If for no other reason, being able to spend time on the river taking in its beauty, telling stories and decompressing from the trivial stressors of life.

We loaded the truck, grabbed the traditional breakfast burrito and large cup of coffee and we were off to the Poudre. Don't forget your new fishing license! We have roles on our trips…I drive and he checks the water. It works out that way. We tried it once reversing roles and we almost ended up in the Poudre because he was still watching the water instead of driving! 

The water was low, 25 cfs, and for some reason the amount of silt and ash looked more ominous than the week prior! It didn't matter we were on the river.

The skies were over cast and you could still feel the chill in the air and smell the moisture. I anticipated minimal layers and that thought process quickly changed to four layers! We spent out ritualistic time at the truck gearing up and giving each other grief. We both opted to take Tenkara rods and fish light.  We were wind free and no other fly fishers were in sight.

Once on the river, we enjoyed our brand of team fishing… 10 and out! We find a promising lie and one of us casts 10 times to work the lie. 10 casts or a fish and it becomes the other persons turn at the lie. Try it sometime. The benefits are plentiful… good conversation, improved nymphing skills, and an ability to try a variety of techniques and gear. The thermometer on my boot indicated that the water was a balmy 48 degrees.
We used double nymph rigs on our Tenkara rods. Although JT did have to try his extended body blue winged olive imitation just because he could not resist; however, quickly came back to the nymph side. We fished #16/#18 black zebra midges, ABU, and hares ears. The drifts were slow and near the bottom.  The takes with the exception of one, were subtle stops in the drift. One brown was as excited as we were that spring is around the corner and hit JT’s nymph as if it were the last meal it was going to have.
We found fish all throughout the river - along the banks, in front of and behind rocks, deep holes, and shallow portions of the stream where currents converged. We caught browns and rainbows during the day.

Knots and tangles tested our patience during the day. Some were untangled and others were cut off and retied. The knots taught us patience, don’t take it to serious, laugh often, the harder you pull the worse the outcome, and sometimes, you just have to give it a break and start over.

We marveled at how resilient Mother Nature is; yet, are concerned about the river after runoff.

Happy Nymphing!

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day...Hope that river recovers quickly , let's just hope you don't have to deal with as many of those fires as you did last year. We could all use a break from the hot-dry spell.

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    1. Without a doubt...A lil love from mother nature this spring would help all of us! I am hopeful that the Poudre will rebound and the browns and rainbows will keep our lines tight! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Great post Al. I'm trying to remember the last time the places I fish there were more than mid-calf deep because it's one of nicest places to fish in our neck of the woods.

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    1. Hey buddy! Thanks for stopping by! Beautiful water to say the least and the river holds a lot of promise for 2013, especially with the recent snows. Hope you get the chance to come up sometime.

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  3. Good post----I am still learning nymphing after some years of fishing with the indicator. I will be following your blog to learn more. Do you use the fly to dead drift nymphs? thanks for sharing

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  4. Welcome Bill! I will share the trips, outings, and techniques that have been productive. Fishing the dry/dropper is a kewl method to combine both worlds of dry fly fishing and nymph fishing! If you are using an indicator and it works for ya...keep doing it. Just remember to always practice a smooth drift and every cast set the hook anytime your indicator makes and change from its nature drift. Thanks for stopping by and chat soon.

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    1. Lisa, Thanks for stopping by. I could not agree more, Tenkara fishing is simplistic and pure. It has been around for thousands of years in one form or the other and is still very effective today.

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