Monday, June 3, 2013

Poudre River High Water 5/31/13

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.






It’s high water in Northern Colorado; however, there are still fishing opportunities to be had. Majority of the fly fishers find somewhere else to fish other than the normal fishing destinations. As a matter of fact, I intended to be on Horsetooth Reservoir catching smallies on the fly; however, life happens. So off to the Poudre River I went.  The Poudre is outside of its banks and Mother Nature is doing her housekeeping!  I did not see any other fly fishers that were interested in the wind or the high water.

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.


Use nymph patterns with a little flash: Whether it is a bead head, or any one of the hundreds of synthetic reflective tying materials, use a nymph that has some flash to it.










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.

 
Happy Nymphing!








 
  

15 comments:

  1. Al, you need to change the name of this blog to NOCOYODA. Hmmmmm?...catch fish you will..yes....in a mud puddle during a hurricane it will be....yes.

    Very impressive. Nice post, with the usual awesome pictures.

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    1. Nymph O! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit buddy! Thanks for the vote of confidence! Mud puddle.....Hmmmmmm? Need a special nymph for that! Tight lines!

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  2. Gotta love a Nymph_Oh_maniac. Love the name and I agree with the comment. Nice outing and nice fish my friend.

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    1. Howard, Thank you for your continued support my friend! Look forward to getting on the river with ya sometime. I hope you get a chance to head up after the water lowers a bit. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Are you kidding? I've honestly never seen the Poudre with anything other than ankle deep water.

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  3. Noconympher can catch trout anywhere. Great photos, I enjoyed them as always!

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    1. BDF! Tryin to be more BDF like! Thanks for the comments and I look forward to your next post! Tight lines!

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  4. Those that put in their time on the water while others shy away often times find some of the best fishing of the year. Good to see the Poudre continuing to cough up some nice fish to those who love to fish nymphs.

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    1. Mel! It is sure nice to have ya back Sir! It was a nice day on the water and the fish Gods continue to smile on the Poudre. Thanks for the continued support buddy and always a pleasure!

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  5. Looks like a great day to me , especially considering the conditions you had to work with!

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    1. I have enjoyed your posts buddy and hope to share a lil of Northern Colorado with ya. Thanks for visiting and look forward to your next outing! Tight lines.

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  6. Those fish have some amazing color!

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    1. The browns on the Poudre do have some amazing color and depending on the stretch you fish the hues change drastically! Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you are enjoying the blog. Stop by anytime and thank you for your comments!

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