Cache La Poudre River Fly Fishing Report

River Information

The Cache le Poudre- or "Poudre" (pronounced 'pooder') is a medium sized river which starts high in Rocky Mountain National Park and flows East through the town of Fort Collins. This river is extremely scenic and offers angers the chance to catch Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat and Brook Trout. The Poudre allows for a wide variety of options, from hiking up into into the canyon sections closer to the headwaters, or fishing the highly accessible stretches through Fort Collins, this river has it all. Bug life abounds here and anglers have the opportunity to match the hatch throughout the year. 

Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Stoneflies, Caddis, Mayflies (many varieties), Terrestrials, Streamers. 

Fall: Mayflies, Midges, Caddis, Streamers

Seasonal Conditions

The Poudre is fishable year round, however the lower stretches will be most productive during the colder months. Paying attention to the bug life present on any given day will be the ticket to success. The river has a healthy poplulation of aggressive Brown trout- particularly down lower- so fishing a small to medium sized streamer is always worth a try as well. 

River Access

The Poudre follows Hwy 14 and offers tremendous public access. The stretch through Ft. Collins can be very productive all the way up river towards Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiking into the upper reaches of this river will offer a smaller stream experience, however a better chance at catching all 4 species of trout in one day.