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Old 05-15-2017, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a forum noob and still pretty much a freshwater fishing noob as well... I moved from the gulf coast to Fort Collis almost 2yrs ago and I'm finally starting to get some of my old tackle out.

I've gone out a few times and hit the Poudre from Gateway all the way to mid town FoCo. The only luck I've had (which hasn't been much at all) was up in the canyon on rooster tails. I've snagged a couple dink browns in slow water just after turbulent areas, and a 10" brown that was holed up downstream from a bid rock.

With such limited success in the canyon, I tried my luck today on the river as it flows through town along one of then bike trails. I threw the same rooster tails I've been throwing, along with some of the smaller crankbaits and other hard plastics I brought with me when I moved. Not even a NIBBLE!! I walked along the river for close to 4 hours covering as much water as I could bushwhack to and the only things biting were the mosquitos...

I'm assuming the water is either too warm, or moving too fast to have any luck with trout... Or maybe I'm just hunting the wrong species/wrong water for this time of year?

Can anyone help an avid newbie out?
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The further up the canyon you go the more the water will be conducive to trout.

I'm a Denver guy and I don't fish the Poudre, but that's the general rule for streams running out of the mountains and onto the Front Range.

There's a couple of fella's here that live up in that area , perhaps they can give more specific advise.

Since you like throwing spinners I'd try this in the smaller sizes.

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Forget the Poooder and go fish Seaman reservoir. some decent trout to be had on Panthers, kastys and tubes. Lots of 8-9" perch also if thats yer bag.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Try white twister tails and marabou crappie jigs in town...if the river is high and muddy browns will be pushed to the banks...tip toe up to the edges and drop straight down in the bigger holes...walk softly...vibrations arent your friend...dont be afraid to use 4 and 5 inch stickbaits in a rainbow finish...even foot long browns will try and eat them...
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips and such folks! I'm hoping that my first experience with y'all on here is indicative of the typical interaction with the general population. I've been on a couple forums over the years where anyone asking for advice or tips gets an abrupt "figure it out kid! I put in the time/work, so can you"

I'll keep poking around the higher elevations, maybe get some stationary bodies of water scouted out and see what I can come up with over the next few weeks.

Thanks again for the insight y'all!

If anyone in the FoCo area is looking for a +1, I'm off every Sunday and Monday!
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I'd go fish the plains lakes in Laramie if I were looking to catch some good size trout!
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I'd go fish the plains lakes in Laramie if I were looking to catch some good size trout!
AND some good-sized wind burn!
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also, use lighter line - like 4lb test, with the spinners. it will make a difference.

maybe 6 or 8 lb with stickbaits - Z is right, you will pummel them.

Slayerfish gave a good spot as well - that is a fun lake. Maybe try some of the lakes in redfeathers.
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