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NoCo and DEN Chapters: Poudre River – CANCELED



Let’s get the Denver and No CO Chapters together!

Description:  The Poudre River in Poudre Canyon is a beautiful river holding both wild and stocked trout, mostly browns. CO 14 follows the river through the canyon, providing easy access. Two sections of the Poudre in the upper part of the canyon are Wild Trout Water. These sections are marked. The first section starts at Pingree Park Road Bridge and continues almost to the town of Rustic. The second section starts at Black Hollow Creek confluence and runs up stream to Big Bend Campground. This upper section has a state trout hatchery by it and provides the best chance for larger fish.

POC: Diana Rupp, safari375@yahoo.com, 310-848-4160

Location: Fort Collins,  CO

Meet Time: 9:30 am (Diana will be there by 9 am in case anyone wants to start earlier)

Meet Location:  Ted’s Place, US Hwy 287 & Co Hwy 14, Laporte, CO

Directions up the Canyon: From the meet spot, The Poudre River parallels CO 14. Go west on CO14.


  • 4 or 5 weight rods
  • Layer up if it’s cold!
  • Suggested flies for this time of year: headlight caddis; chew toys; chubbies; sassy solutions; poison tungs; and sparkle wing RS2s.
  • Other suggestions: Your favorite blue wing olive, March Browns may still be around, Prince nymphs, bead headed pheasant tails, RSII, and green eggs, Olive Caddis nymphs, Breadcrusts, buckskins, La Fontaine’s Sparkle Pupa, Elk hair Caddis, Olive and orange scuds, black or brown woolly buggers, muddler minnows, and Matuka sculpins
  • Areas to fish: In the morning I recommend staying below Mishawaka (the Mish).  The water temps are still cold the higher you go.  For those of you who like to go higher, the afternoon would be the time for that. Indian Meadows is a great place, as is above Rustic near Kinnikinic.
  • A good starting point is around mile marker 118; there is a large pull-off on the right, river left.  Lots of good places up and down the river from here.
  • Go over the bridge after MM118; you will see a long split rail fence on the right.  Good fishing all the way up from there to Gateway Park.
  • Gateway Park will be crowded and it is a fee area.  I don’t recommend it on a Saturday.
  • As you pass Gateway and wind downhill a bit, you will see a weir/dam on the right. The ¼ mile above that can be productive.
  • After that I would drive up just past the village of Poudre Park. The whole stretch above the Hewlett Gulch bridge (you will see a sign for the Hewlett Gulch trailhead) is prime water up to the Mishawaka.
  • What to bring:  sunglasses; water; lunch/snacks; hat; sunscreen.
  • St. Peter’s Fly Shop: 970-498-8968. Their website, stpetes.com, has up-to-date fishing reports specific to the Poudre and recommendations for flies. Check it out before you leave!

Note: The Mish is a great place for lunch or to meet for a beer after fishing!



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Trips Director


Ted’s Place
6511 US-287
Laporte, CO 80535 United States
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Attendance: 4