It is hard to believe that weather forecasters were calling for 60 degree weather in Northern Colorado in February. This time of the year we are sitting around a fire and tying bench with outside temperatures in the low 40’s.
JT and I headed to the Poudre Canyon and found clear sapphire blue skies, no wind and the Valentine’s weekend must have called the fly fishers elsewhere. The water was a balmy 40 degrees and was running at about 120cfs, a casual winter pace. The canyon is pretty brown this time of year; however, the river is gin clear and full of every hue of greens, blues and yellow transitions.
It is amazing the different lives the river transitions through over the year and the seasons. If you have not had the chance to be on your home water each of the seasons that define your river…you owe it to yourself. It is amazing how much is missed if you only venture out in one or two seasons.
The fish were enjoying the warm up and the takes were more aggressive than last week; however, they still were not moving too far and were holding close to the bottom and structure. The ABU and zebra midge in size 18 allowed us to see a few of the river browns and rainbows.
We called it quits at around 2:30pm and are expecting 4-6 inches of snow in the next couple of days!
Get on the water and fish!...The best way to improve your skills is to get out and do it.
Enjoy the river: All of it and not just the fish.
Practice catch and release: Take digital images and get the fish back into the water to ensure others can enjoy the beauty of the river inhabitants.
Wool socks: They are your buddy when you are enjoying the river in the winter.
Shout out to Howard Levett over at Windknots &Tangled Lines who is going to be having surgery Monday and I know he would appreciate all of your prayers! If you have not checked out his blog always worth a read and a good laugh! Prayers my friend!