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Joe Wright Trip

July 16 - July 18

Are you new to the club or needing a little extra help to get started?  Look for “Buddy Here!” in the attendee list above. Reach out directly to Buddies to  coordinate. We can’t guarantee that CWF Buddy Volunteers will always be available on a trip but we’ll try!

POC:

Diana Rupp, safari375@yahoo.com, (310) 848-4160
7/16/20217/16/2021Location/Directions:
Joe Wright is about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Fort Collins. From Fort Collins, drive north on 287 to the turnoff for Poudre Canyon (Hwy. 14) on the left (Ted’s Place). Go 55 miles up the canyon. The main parking lot for Joe Wright Reservoir is just past Mile Marker 68, on the left. You’ll see the dam first—there are only a few spots to park there—and then right past that there is a large lot with a sign that says “Joe Wright Reservoir Parking.” For the best fishing, drive about a mile past that lot to the upper (west) end of the lake—there are several spots where cars can pull off and park in this area, and it’s a short walk down to the shoreline from there.
Meet Time/Location: TBD

Trip Details:
Please join us for an outing to Joe Wright Reservoir on Friday, July 16. Joe Wright, located right along Hwy 14 at the top of Cameron Pass, is home to Arctic grayling and is the best place in Colorado to catch one of these fish. NOTE: At this writing, we still don’t know how the Cameron Peak Fire affected the water quality in Joe Wright Creek or Joe Wright Reservoir, so it’s possible this planned trip may change. We’ll keep you updated once we know more this spring.

The grayling in Joe Wright average about 12 inches, although you may catch one up to 15. They are a lot of fun and take small surface and subsurface flies—fishing dry/dropper rigs in sizes 12-18 is a good tactic. The best fishing tends to be right around the inlet on the upper end of the lake. Note that Joe Wright Creek, which flows into the lake, is closed to fishing through July 31 to allow the grayling to spawn. The fishing in the lake is limited to flies and lures only.

Float tubes and kayaks are great for fishing this lake, but you can also catch plenty of fish by wading along the shoreline. Note that Joe Wright is located at nearly 10,000 feet in elevation, and the water in the lake is very cold, so be sure to layer up under your waders even if it’s a warm day. Also, because of the cold water, I strongly recommend wearing a PFD if you’re planning to float tube or kayak.

St. Peter’s Fly Shop in Fort Collins is a good source for knowledge and flies for this lake; check with them for the latest info as the trip gets closer. Last year we did well on dry/dropper rigs. The best dries were elk hair caddis and chubby Chernobyls in size 16, but these fish aren't very picky and most any fly in that size range gets their attention. A small rainbow warrior or red zebra midge worked great as a dropper.

Joe Wright is about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Fort Collins. From Fort Collins, drive north on 287 to the turnoff for Poudre Canyon (Hwy. 14) on the left (Ted’s Place). Go 55 miles up the canyon. The main parking lot for Joe Wright Reservoir is just past Mile Marker 68, on the left. You’ll see the dam first—there are only a few spots to park there—and then right past that there is a large lot with a sign that says “Joe Wright Reservoir Parking.” For the best fishing, drive about a mile past that lot to the upper (west) end of the lake—there are several spots where cars can pull off and park in this area, and it’s a short walk down to the shoreline from there.

Feel free to e-mail Diana Rupp at safari375@yahoo.com with any questions. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can do this trip in 2021. Catching grayling is a blast!

Camping/Accommodations:

State Forest State Park, on the west side of Cameron Pass, was not affected by the fire, so if you want to camp overnight before or after fishing, this is your best bet. There are many national forest campgrounds in Poudre Canyon, but most are still closed as a result of the fire and we don’t know if they will reopen this summer.

Details

Start:
July 16
End:
July 18
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CO United States
Attendance: 5