Poudre River was running at about 1230cfs
Hit the water this morning around 9:00am, much later than I had planned because the tire gremlins reared their heads and decided to try my patience and flatten my tire. I managed to pick up a nail somewhere… Only slowed down the trip sure didn't prevent it.
Grabbed a cup of coffee and left the fun fort for the beauty of the canyon. It was a sunny day with clear skies; however, we were experiencing the winds of the season. Wind or no wind, with a nice sunny day I was going to take my chances on finding pockets of calm weather and willing trout.
I found a small section of stream that feeds the Poudre and I fished the banks and any break in the current I could find.
I dead drifted my usual bead head hares ear, ABU and black zebra midges. I tried to stay as tight to the bank as I could without finding every tree, grass and willow that was partially submerged by the runoff. I got the flies close to the bottom and focused on finishing the downstream drift. In any slack water I could find along the edge, if the dead drift wasn’t working, I gave the nymphs some action. I enticed a few browns to hit the nymphs while the nymphs were moving.
I called it quits at around 2:00pm.
Tips from the Trip:
Heavy nymph on the bottom: I placed a size 12 bead head hare’s ear on the end of tippet with a lighter size 14 above it. This configuration allowed me to get the nymphs down in the water faster. Normally, I reverse the order, heavier nymph on top and the lighter nymph on the bottom
Find the current breaks: Anything that provides relief from the current and creates an area of slack water, fish it. Instead of talking yourself out of fishing it, give it a cast or two.
Wading safety in spring conditions and clouded water…Wade cautiously and feel the bottom with your feet. Make sure each step you take is on solid river bottom before you make the next step.