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The Poudre is definitely in full-on winter mode -- a lot of the canyon will be pretty much out of play until March, especially up towards the mid-upper stuff above the Mish. If you only have a couple hours to fish during a warmer streak of weather and you live up in the Fort Collins area, try throwing a small streamer such as a thin mint, wooly bugger, mini dungeon, or sculpin imitation at the nice pools and structure down towards and in town. This can be a fun way to coax a larger fish out of hiding. If you're out for a full day, look to be starting the day nymphing with bugs running on or near the bottom, and keep an eye out for action on top late in the day. Midges and BWO are the norm on the Poudre down towards town at this time of year. For best chances at success, run 5-6x fluorocarbon (I tend to run fluoro even to dry flies as we really hit skinny water season), and a longer leader. Good patterns for dries include Extended Body BWO, sparkle duns, small parachute adams, and griffith's gnats. Look for the 12 PM - 4 PM window to be the most productive fishing here in Jan./Feb. While the Poudre Canyon proper is getting pretty locked in the dead of winter, consider fishing the section below Seaman Reservoir.

Report Updated On: 01/07/2020
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