Jim....gotta hit Cowdrey Lake. My son #2 was on Cowdrey 3, 4 weeks ago. Caught lots of fish. I took the wifey up there 2 weeks ago. Started off kinda slow. Fishing deeper water, caught only 3 trout in the first hour. Then moved my lil boat into the main channel right directly across from the gravel parking area. Darn near a fish on every cast. No BS there. I had 2 rods out, one bait, one lure. Surprisingly, little action on the bait. But a Thomas Bouyant spoon? Wham, bam, bam! Didn't matter the color or finish, those fish went crazy over it. Sometimes 3 or 4 hits on one cast. And did they fight! Jump, run, swim around the boat. Jump some more. Take a net.
Lots of small fish, 12 - 13". Probably this years stockers. The bigger fish were probably carry-overs from last year. Their meat was a bright orange, which tells me they've been in there a while.
You almost gotta have a boat or tube or pontoon. Gotta get out a ways. Shore fishing kinda tough.
What route are you taking up? The fire..... The Poudre Canyon is closed, as well as a large part of 287. I was considering going up this weekend, but I would have to go to Cheyenne, then west to Laramie. An extra hour at least. Still might do it.
Dennis in Loveland