Cache La Poudre River Fishing Report

The Cache La Poudre river headwaters are at Poudre Lake in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. The river descends eastward in the mountains through the Roosevelt National Forest in Poudre Canyon. It emerges from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins and flows on to Greeley. The Poudre River Trail follows the river for 11 miles through the national park where it changes to trail 944 finally becoming the Big South Trail. The Poudre river first meets Highway 14 at the bridge by the Big South Trail head.
 
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From its headwaters, through the city of Fort Collins, the Cache la Poudre River contains abundant populations of self-sustaining wild trout. The vast majority of trout that live within the river system are brown trout. The Cache la Poudre River remains open in certain areas year-round. Special regulations have been designated for certain stretches of the Poudre by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. These regulations include the use of flies and artificial lures only and specify strict catch and release designations. Brown trout spawn in the fall and rainbow trout in the spring. Because of marginal flows and water quality the trout populations in the lower stretches of the Cache La Poudre have been fairly low in recent years and self-imposed catch and release is highly encouraged.
 
Along the river you will find the state fish hatchery and the Mishawaka Amphitheater on the Cache la Poudre river. There is no better way than kicking back after a long day of fishing with live music, a few beers, and the river as a backdrop.
 
The fly patterns that local fly shops invented specifically for the cache La Poundre are endless and to get acquainted with the river you do best by booking one of the local experienced guides that will show you the magic of this river.
 
Source:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Mouth:
South Platte River
Length:
126 miles
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The Cache la Poudre River's headwaters are in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. The river descends eastward in the mountains through the Roosevelt National Forest ... moredown through the breathtaking Poudre Canyon and emerges from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins. Anglers seeking success on the Cache la Poudre River can find it in all seasons, as water remains open in certain areas year-round. Fishers in the winter often pursue skittish trout with flies the size of a pinhead at distances of up to forty feet. In the fall, Brown Trout spawn and in the spring, so do the Rainbow Trout, making for aggressive and active fish that are more than willing to take a fly, dressed of fur and feather and will fight the angler well. Late Spring and Summertime make fishing the Poudre a magical experience with an abundance of bug activity, dry fly season on the Poudre is top notch. With plenty of public access, enough water exists that one may always find solitude if he or she so desires it.
The Cache la Poudre River flows through the Poudre Canyon located just outside Fort Collins, Colorado. Granite canyon walls 500 feet high provide the backdrop for your fishing experience. ... more

This active Colorado canyon river offers numerous fly-fishing experiences. Try your hand at walk-wading along the river's banks or travel by boat to float-fish the more remote sections. As an angler, you can find a variety of water types - slow meanders and pocket water to deep pools and riffles. When casting dry flies and nymphs, you will notice frequent action from the many 10-14 inch rainbows and browns that inhabit the river.
The Cache la Poudre River flows through the Poudre Canyon located just outside Fort Collins, Colorado. Granite canyon walls 500 feet high provide the backdrop for your fishing experience.... more

This active Colorado canyon river offers numerous fly-fishing experiences. Try your hand at walk-wading along the river's banks or travel by boat to float-fish the more remote sections. As an angler, you can find a variety of water types - slow meanders and pocket water to deep pools and riffles. When casting dry flies and nymphs, you will notice frequent action from the many 10-14 inch rainbows and browns that inhabit the river.
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