Saturday, February 14, 2015

60’s on the Poudre River

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!

Tips from the Trip:

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.





Happy Nymphing!


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!

12 comments:

  1. I have not fished the Poudre since my return to Colorado a couple of years ago. Maybe this year I will take the opportunity to check it out. Thanks for keeping me posted on what the fishing is like up there. Beautiful pictures and fish, too!

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    1. Mel! Anytime you get a chance to head up say the word and we will get ya into some fish! Thanks for always taking time out to visit and your support! Tighlines and hope we can make the Poudre trip in 2015

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  2. I wouldn't need to land a trout in that place, just to take in it's beauty would satisfy me. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill! Always a pleasure my friend! There is no doubt you would enjoy the fish as much as the area. We are spoiled to have the canyon in our backyard. If you ever make it out here we will get out on it.

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  3. I'm sure I don't have the will power to leave such a beautiful river before dark. Very nice!!

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    1. Drew! I hear ya we wish we could have stayed on the water til dark. Life happened! Thanks for the comments and stopping by! Look forward to sharing some fish stories with ya!

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  4. Looks like an excellent trip! I agree, it is really neat to see how a body of water changes seasonally. Also just curious, are you close to BV? I have a friend who white water guides there and didn't know how close you are? Tight lines.

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  5. How kewl would it be to hit the Arkansas or drop over onto the Taylor sometime. We are about 3 hours from BV so if you are in the area we can get you into fish my friend! You get a chance to get to BV often? Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Great post Al. Thanks for sharing what my day would have been like if I didn't have to work last Friday!

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    1. Someone had to get up there and represent my friend! Look forward to our future trips!

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  7. I'm so happy to see my friend Al back in action. Thanks for reminding me what I miss every day. This is going to be my year!

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    1. Howard! Look forward to getting on the water with ya this year. Thanks for the continued support and I'm hoping we can get lunch and do Clear Creek this year! Always a pleasure and thanks for stopping by.

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