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anyoneout there fish the poudre much? it is one of my favorite rivers. i have caught some nice browns over 20" and a lot of wild rainbows and cuts. i fished it over 15 times last year. just looking for any info or a possible poudre admirer.
also, any idea on a river map - of quality, sort of like those you can buy on the blue, fryingpan, platte etc.

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This river is on my list to try this year too.  I've already hit the Arkansas by Salida, Canon City and Pueblo, hit the South Platte at Spinney and Elevenmile Canyon.  Seeing how its only the 3rd month of this year and still winter I think I'm doing good, when the weather warms I want to hit a bunch more just so I can say I fished it. 
Here is a map, I'm not sure what quality you are looking for but I love this site:
(this image is HUGE so if you have dialup I'm sorry)
http://topowest.com/cgi-bin/map.cgi?latitude=40.25.17&longitude=104.36.01&dpi=250&size=huge&style=collared&mode=landscape&state=Colorado&Go=Go
 

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First year fly-fishing. Girlfriend lives close to the Poudre up in The Fort and scouted it out earlier this year. Looks like an awesome place to fish and I have heard that it really is underrated and not heavily fished.
 
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hey gotmusky-
last year was my first year fly fishing, so come july i will be working on year 2. the poudre is a great place to fish. it is beautiful, accessible and also good for camping on an overnight trip. plus mishawaka is a cool place to get some beers and listen to live bands.
the river, it can get busy, but with nearly 47 miles of water to fish and i'd say 80% public and fishable, there is plenty of room. it is a fast river once run off gets going then slows down in sept. from the narrows down about 20 miles they white water raft. above that it is just fishermen. my suggestion is to focus on a few mile stretch and work it 4, 5 6 times to learn it, the technique etc.
if you are interested in going some time let me know, i'd be glad to show you a few places i go.
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I love the Poudre! I fish it all the way from in town Ft. Collins up into the canyon. I don't just fly fish it. I also use spinners, Rapalas and night crawlers. I just got a new Temple Fork Outfitters Lefty Kreh Professional Series Fly Rod and a Pflueger Trion 1956 Fly Reel that I hope to try out soon!
 

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tomcat,

thanks for the invite.   :)  Most definitely will take you up on that someday.  Gonna hit it this Sunday if the weather permits with my rookie-fly-fishing girlfriend.  Will update you on how we do.  by the way, what you suggest using this time of the year?  I have heard of using olive blue-winged or something like that.  Yeah, you can definitely tell I am new at this.
 
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i would fish pocket water of 2-5 feet deep, with some reasonable current. i would fish nymphs. i would use a flashback pheasant tail for my point fly about size 18 and my trailer fly i would use or try a few different ones: rs-2, wd-40, beadhead prince in sizes 22 - 18 in black, red, gray, olive etc.
if you have an barr emergers, try that on the trailer.
not sure of the dry action yet, but you can't go wrong with an regular Adams size 20 - 18.
fish your indicator 1 1/2 times the depth and be sure to fling it plenty of times and try adjusting depth.
if all esle fails, strip a brown or black wolly bugger fast in the same pocket water.
let me know how you do. i am planning on fishing the poudre on saturday. i hope the heavy snow yesterday has not made a dirty run off.
good luck.
 

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Hey Tomcat,

My bf (gotmusky?) and I weren't sure about some things on fly fishing. I was wondering do you need to try and cast up stream to make it look more natural when you reel it in? Or is it ok to cast and reel it in downstream from you? Thanks!
 

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Hey Tomcat,

My bf (gotmusky?) and I weren't sure about some things on fly fishing.  I was wondering do you need to try and cast up stream to make it look more natural when you reel it in?  Or is it ok to cast and reel it in downstream from you?  Thanks!
Go with natural. Cast upstream and let it drift. Very light twitches can also help.
 

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Musky and Kadiya if you have time this weekend you should try to hit up the Fly fishing class at gander mountain this weekend. It will be a great help if you are just starting out. Unfortantely I have plans this weekend so I cant make it up there, unless things work out right and I can make it to Sunday's class.
Here is a link to my post about the class.
http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/index.php?topic=656.0
 

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I am new to Colorado, but I have been reading quite a bit about the old cache la poudre and am really fired up to fish it. On a different note, where is a good spot to stream fish this time of year? mid april/may
 
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if you want to go, let me know. just send me a private message. i live in broomfield and would be glad to intro you to the poudre and any other rivers i have fly fished. the poudre is awesome for what it is. sure there are better more notable rivers but this is a nice river.

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