Fishing Season: Year round fishery

Cache la Poudre - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 37°



Water Temp:


Clark Bennett with Sunrise Anglers's Tip of the Week

Starting to warm up but very windy this week!

Directions open in app

Map of Cache la Poudre

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Sunrise Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 2/26/24

Some warming to 50’s this week!

Techniques & Tips as of 2/26/24

Go small!

Local Species Available Year round fishery

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Clark Bennett with Sunrise Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Prince Black 16
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph Tan 16-20
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Black or Brown 16-20
E.C. Caddis Olive 14-18
PMX N/A 12-16
Hopper N/A 16-12
Adams N/A 18-20

Bead Head Prince

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Clark Bennett with Sunrise Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Cache la Poudre

The Cache la Poudre River (French for "powder store"), begins in Poudre Lake just east of the Continnetal Divide at Milner Pass in Rocky Mountain National Park. The water flows north into Roosevelt National Forest, picking up numerous creeks as it progresses. After 30 miles, the current veers around to the east and begins coursing through a deep canyon. Near this turning point lies the Big South trailhead, starting at the junction of the river and State Hwy 14. For the next 40 miles it charges downhill through narrow gorges and wide, smooth-surface glens, all the while closely bordered by a narrow, windy HWY 14. The river flows from the canyon through the city of Fort Collins and on to the eastern plains from there. It is fishable along most of it's course.

Nearest Airport:

Denver International Airport


Stoneflies, Hoppers, BWOs, Caddis and Midges Mayflies

Best Time to Fish:

Later in the day

Best Stretch:

All through canyon

Best Access:

Numerous pullouts along HWY 14.