Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Fly Fishing the Lower North Fork of the Poudre River

Today's Blog Post

We offer lessons and guiding on the North Fork of the Poudre River.

Q: I hear the walk in/out of the lower NFP (North Fork of the Poudre) is easier than the upper section?

A: Yes.  If you are in moderate shape, with little or no health issues, it takes +/- 20 minutes to reach the river.  The uphill hike out takes about 35 minutes.  After a day of fishing, it could be challenging (i.e., moderate/heavy uphill breathing), but plenty of clients have done it and it's worth it.

Q: How do you compare the lower to the upper NFP?

A: Tough question!  1) The NFP (both sections) is our favorite northern Colorado river.  2) The upper section has more plunge  pools (pocket water), and the lower section has longer runs/flats and deeper/bigger pools.

Q: Why is the upper and lower NFP your favorite?

A: See the photo below!  No road/traffic noise.  Little or no people.  Beautiful scenery, wildlife, and the river is filled with wild trout.

Q: About how many fish can I expect to catch, and what is the size range?

A: Depending on skill level, and length of time fishing, we've had clients catch up to 30 fish, and the average size range is 10"-14", with a few up to 20".

Q: What techniques will we use?

A: Nearly all techniques work.  Using fly rods 2wt-5wt, we regularly use tight-line and drop-shot nymphing, dry flies, dry-dropper, and downstream wet-fly swings.

Q: We might stay in Fort Collins area - can we do a fly casting lesson one day, and then hire you to guide us the next day?

A: Yes.  We highly recommend the combination of fly casting lessons and guiding.  In fact, we can customize a fly fishing program for you, e.g. 1-2 hours casting instruction, followed by 2-6 hours of guiding (catching fish), on the same day or multiple days. 

Q: How long is a day of guiding and what are your prices?

A: We offer four, six, and eight hours per day.  Please see pricing information in the link below. 

Thank you for reading, and for more information on lessons and guiding: