Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March on the Poudre River...2014

The weather forecasters were calling for temperatures in the 60's with the typical gusty spring wind found in Northern Colorado. I had the opportunity to hit the water for a couple of hours and wind or not, I planned on taking my chances with the wind, cold and what ever else springtime in the rockies was going to bring.

Sun and clear skies accompanied me to the Poudre Canyon. The wind was a constant during my trip and didn't show any signs of letting up in the canyon. 

Undeterred, I grabbed the Tenkara, rigged up with a size 16 black zebra midge with a size 16 ABU as a dropper on a 13 foot leader and tippet combination. I stood on the banks of the river admiring the gin clear water and and the changes to the landscape from last years flood. Natures resiliency was very comforting.


I forgot about the wind...


The river was moving at about 160cfs and my thermometer was showing 38 degrees on the tongue of my wading boot.


Given the temperatures, any depth that would afford some temperature control for the fish were areas I slowly drifted the nymphs through with a slight upward lift or twitch. The strikes were subtle and only occurred if I found the depth and made sure the nymphs stayed there. I remembered the wind.


I was fortunate to share the couple of hours I had on the water with some of the canyon's residents. Although the wind was more resilient than I was and I was glad I had other commitments, my spirit was lifted to be on the water and be a part of the river's spirit.

Tips of the Trip:

Wind suxCheck water temperature during your time on the water
Cold water temperatures...  slow down and expect sluggish fish
Cold water temperatures... look for depth relative to the area you are fishing


Happy Nymphing!


10 comments:

  1. Nice Al. I was wondering whether things had let up in canyon. I had the same experience in Clear Creek Canyon on Sunday. But it sure was nice to get out.

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    1. Weather or no weather Howard it is always worth a shot! For the few moments the wind wasnt kicking my butt it was amazing! Keep on recovering and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Kudo's too you, Al, for getting out and braving the Winter/Spring weather. I must say that is a beautifully spotted Brown that you are holding there. If I could catch them that pretty I would give nymphing a shot, too.

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    1. Gotta love springtime in the Rockies Mel! The brown's were amazing. The water was amazing pre-run off and gin clear. Think its gonna be a great year. We can help ya catch the nymphing bug without a doubt!!!!!

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  3. Nice report and beautiful photos. I really like the close up of the fin.

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    1. Mr BDF! Missed ya but there are plenty where they came from. Look forward to getting on the river with ya! Thanks for stopping by my friend! Tightlines buddy!

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  4. Absoluter beautiful trout with some outstanding color---I've got to give the 13 ft. leader a try. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, Thanks for stopping by and I am still waiting for you to give a Tenkara a try. I have minimal leader on the water only the amount needed for the depth of the water. Always a pleasure! Will be chasin bass soon my friend.

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  5. Damn... I sure do miss the Poudre River.

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    1. Always a rod, gear, sto'gy, and cold beverage waiting for you! Say the word my friend! Thanks for stopping by and look forward to your next adventure!

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