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Hey guys,
I'm pretty new to the area and I was looking to get out this weekend.

I'm do primarily small stream/light gear fishing. From what I can find, it seems most everything is geared towards fly fishing and just my luck, I don't have my fly gear.

So my question to you guys is, how light is too light? Currently I have 4lb line and the only rod I have right now is a 5' GLoomis.

Also, what waters should I look into? I'm out of Fort Collins, so I was looking at heading up Poudre Canyon.

Since I'll be primarily lures, what patterns do have success?

Thanks in advance guys.
 

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Don't worry about the fly snobs
Not familiar with that area but some of it was affected by the floods.
Use lures you have used in the past for trout. Panther martins, blue fox, small rapalas, etc...
That combo sounds good for creeks, beaver ponds and even a high lake or two.
 

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Since when is everything geared towards fly fishing? And even if it was, why does that mean you can't spin fish? Fish however you want, I'm sure most small lures will work in streams......but what would I know.....I don't spin fish.

By the way, don't let the goon above me push you away from fly fishing because of these so-called "fly snobs." Anyone who uses that term obviously has no idea what they're talking about. Again, fish any way you want, don't let idiots tell you how you're supposed to fish.
 

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The Poudre is a great freestone. Fishes well all throughout the canyon. There are also tons of smaller tribs that are full of trout. Almost any small stream in that area is a good bet. Not willing to name any on this forum though. Explore and you will be rewarded.
 

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You'll do good with the spin gear. Ignore the fly snob with the last 2 posts. Nothing better than watching a spin guy out fish all the elite snobby fly guys on a river.
 

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You'll do good with the spin gear. Ignore the fly snob with the last 2 posts. Nothing better than watching a spin guy out fish all the elite snobby fly guys on a river.
People like this guy are exactly what I'm talking about. Idiotic hypocrites who claim spin fishing is the way to go, yet call fly fishermen "fly snobs."
 

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We spinn fish the st. Vrain river but hit a crazy hard to access section when we backpack. Try the old bright trail in allens park thats an easy hike to get to the genneral area we fish its just up stream. This spot produces brooks.

Depending on where you are or where you want to go there is lime creek in durango. We go to the top of the road where there is disbursed camping and hike the hill down. This spot produced brook trout great then my friend caught one rainbow and a cutthroat.

We use spinners like panther martin roostertails. Then we use worms with a small weight to help. If your familiar with streem fishing you should be fine. We only fished those places during camping trip with little gear. I have not fished these areas in 2 years give or take. The ST. Vrain is up in the air i am not sure how it is since flooding hit.
 

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Hey guys,
I'm pretty new to the area and I was looking to get out this weekend.

I'm do primarily small stream/light gear fishing. From what I can find, it seems most everything is geared towards fly fishing and just my luck, I don't have my fly gear.

So my question to you guys is, how light is too light? Currently I have 4lb line and the only rod I have right now is a 5' GLoomis.

Also, what waters should I look into? I'm out of Fort Collins, so I was looking at heading up Poudre Canyon.

Since I'll be primarily lures, what patterns do have success?

Thanks in advance guys.
I have some unused fly gear I'll sell you at an affordable price if you want to get into fly fishing...see my ad on Buy and Sell...now that I'm done advertising, fish how you like and how you feel comfortable...I've done well on a lot of different Colorado bodies of water spin fishing with my favorite Joe's Flies March Brown, Panther Martins, brown Roostertails, Rapalas, etc. I've noticed that brown trim seems to work well out here. Of course, if you want to get out of your comfort zone, I'll repeat that I do have some unused fly gear for sale ;)
 

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Do your part and throw all 18" and larger trout onto the shore in pike waters, so that the pike are given a fair playing field. Other than natural selection of course.
 

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Don't worry about the fly snobs
Not familiar with that area but some of it was affected by the floods.
Use lures you have used in the past for trout. Panther martins, blue fox, small rapalas, etc...
That combo sounds good for creeks, beaver ponds and even a high lake or two.
I wasn't saying they were snobs. Fly fishing is an art that I do appreciate. Just in the research I've done, most of the info I've found was fly oriented.

Thanks for the info though!
 

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Since when is everything geared towards fly fishing? And even if it was, why does that mean you can't spin fish? Fish however you want, I'm sure most small lures will work in streams......but what would I know.....I don't spin fish.

By the way, don't let the goon above me push you away from fly fishing because of these so-called "fly snobs." Anyone who uses that term obviously has no idea what they're talking about. Again, fish any way you want, don't let idiots tell you how you're supposed to fish.
I've just been looking around for information and most everything I have found has been about the fly fishing scene. I'm not saying it was a bad thing, just the majority of what I have found so far.

I'm just looking for advice on what combos work well out here with spin gear.

I wish I had my fly gear :-[
 

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I have some unused fly gear I'll sell you at an affordable price if you want to get into fly fishing...see my ad on Buy and Sell...now that I'm done advertising, fish how you like and how you feel comfortable...I've done well on a lot of different Colorado bodies of water spin fishing with my favorite Joe's Flies March Brown, Panther Martins, brown Roostertails, Rapalas, etc. I've noticed that brown trim seems to work well out here. Of course, if you want to get out of your comfort zone, I'll repeat that I do have some unused fly gear for sale ;)

haha I appreciate the offer. I'm a bit limited until I can pull up a job out here.

Any recomendation on lure size? I have no idea what size fish I'm dealing with out here lol

I'll keep you in mind when I have some wiggle room for new gear ;)
 

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Go up Poudre Canyon and look for some water you are comfortable fishing. I would use a bit heavier line but that is just me. Any spinners should work. I used to have a lot of luck with a #2 Mepps, sounds kind of big but you never know,
 

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Smaller spinners probably better. Size 0-3. Depending on the size of the creek/river. Panther Martin, Mepps, Blue Fox, and so on. They all work.
The Poudre is a great river. All up and down the river. 25 miles or so up from town is the Pingree Park road. Pingree Park a CSU mountain campus. There are some smaller streams up that way. Or stay on Hwy 14 to the west up towards the top of Cameron Pass. There are a few lakes up there. Joe Wright on the south. Barns Meadow is another one. Crest the top and head down towards the town of Gould. Ranger lakes Lake Agnus, and upper Lake Agnus.(upper is a hike in) North Michigan Reservoir, and Michigan creek. Back to the East of the summit of Cameron Pass is the Laramie River road. Take it to the North and fish Laramie River. Lots of private though! Off the road is Lost Lake, and Laramie lake an easier 4x4 road to the east. That should get you started.
Don't let the fly and spinner snobs get to yay. We all know ice fisherman are wayyyyyy better!
By the way I went to school at CSU before getting kicked out for bad grades. I fished that area ALOT!:biggrin1: Have fun!
 

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Smaller spinners probably better. Size 0-3. Depending on the size of the creek/river. Panther Martin, Mepps, Blue Fox, and so on. They all work.
The Poudre is a great river. All up and down the river. 25 miles or so up from town is the Pingree Park road. Pingree Park a CSU mountain campus. There are some smaller streams up that way. Or stay on Hwy 14 to the west up towards the top of Cameron Pass. There are a few lakes up there. Joe Wright on the south. Barns Meadow is another one. Crest the top and head down towards the town of Gould. Ranger lakes Lake Agnus, and upper Lake Agnus.(upper is a hike in) North Michigan Reservoir, and Michigan creek. Back to the East of the summit of Cameron Pass is the Laramie River road. Take it to the North and fish Laramie River. Lots of private though! Off the road is Lost Lake, and Laramie lake an easier 4x4 road to the east. That should get you started.
Don't let the fly and spinner snobs get to yay. We all know ice fisherman are wayyyyyy better!
By the way I went to school at CSU before getting kicked out for bad grades. I fished that area ALOT!:biggrin1: Have fun!

Thanks for the info! That's more than plenty to get me started.

I just don't appreciate all the hate haha I wish I had more time/money to invest in fly fishing. I've always been interested but haven't been able to get into it. :(
 

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Thanks for the info! That's more than plenty to get me started.

I just don't appreciate all the hate haha I wish I had more time/money to invest in fly fishing. I've always been interested but haven't been able to get into it. :(
you don't need to fly to have fun. that's for sure. But it is pretty fun. Being on the water any way is the best! Quick story, I was a really poor student and didn't have much money. I bought a couple painted jig heads and a 24 pack of night crawlers. I took my belly boat the horsetooth, thinking I would catch fish for dinner! :D Needless to say the fishing was great for small smallmouth bass, and probably caught 100 or more. On of my best days ever! I hit Taco Bell on the way home! Good Luck!:)
 

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you don't need to fly to have fun. that's for sure. But it is pretty fun. Being on the water any way is the best! Quick story, I was a really poor student and didn't have much money. I bought a couple painted jig heads and a 24 pack of night crawlers. I took my belly boat the horsetooth, thinking I would catch fish for dinner! :D Needless to say the fishing was great for small smallmouth bass, and probably caught 100 or more. On of my best days ever! I hit Taco Bell on the way home! Good Luck!:)
Well of course, if you go planning to catch dinner you won't catch anything edible ;)

I know I don't, I just wish I could. But, it's been over a year since I've been out so that's the priority
 

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You'll do good with the spin gear. Ignore the fly snob with the last 2 posts. Nothing better than watching a spin guy out fish all the elite snobby fly guys on a river.
Yeah I saw this once! He was dragging all sorts of trout out of the river and throwing them on the bank. Kept his limit of the biggest ones. The fly snobs were getting a few and releasing them.. He was using bait in fly and lure only water.... He was wearing this shirt http://www.fishexplorer.com/store.asp?togCat=y&cat=1 and a Git er Done hat..:boink:
 
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