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River: Cache La Poudre River (Upper Canyon)

The Poudre is awesome!

Post By: the fishing dj      Posted: 10/19/2015 9:34:07 AM     Points: 25270    
My dad and I headed up the canyon this morning hoping to hit some nice browns. We stopped off mid canyon on the way up, and ended up with a few stocker bows up to about 13in, most on a #6 hothead olive bugger. We then headed up the rest of the way to our final destination. I whacked about a 13in brown right of the bat on a big articulated streamer in some deeper water. I broke off a nice fish about a half hour later, and thought that was it for the day. Well I was thoroughly mistaken. I threw past a bigger fish sitting in the current, and to my surprise, he turned and smacked it! The fish was about 22-23in, and ate a big articulated streamer. About 10 mins later, something that looked like a sucker pulled up on the gravel bar. I drifted a midge over him a few times and he finally ate it. This led to surprise number 2 of the day, a 17in whitefish! Not only what it my first whitey, but it came out of the Poudre too! I got one more small fish it eat a midge, but that was about it for the day. I'm not going to say where on the river I was, but I will say that it is one of the more popular holes on the river, and it was super rewarding to finally get into some huge Poudre fish! All were released, and I even saw the big one holding behind a rock as I walked out at the end of the day.
Tight lines,
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 10/19/2015 9:53:08 AM     Points: 80312
That's sweet! Never caught a white fish, congrats on a great day Rob.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/19/2015 10:05:47 AM     Points: 46523
That's really cool Rob! I've always wanted to catch a whitefish.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 10/19/2015 11:13:27 AM     Points: 82
There was a time many moons ago, when if you caught anything in the Poudre it was a whitefish. The efforts of the DOW over the years have improved this fishery to an unquantifiable degree.
 Reply by: ultralightfanatic      Posted: 10/19/2015 11:35:39 AM     Points: 814
That is awesome Rob! Sweet that you got into some nice fish, and the whitefish was the topping on the cake!! Good job you guys.
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 10/19/2015 1:25:17 PM     Points: 25270
Thanks guys! I was really surprised to see the whitey, and even more surprised by the size of it.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 10/19/2015 1:55:22 PM     Points: 46523
I've heard the White River by Eagle has a lot of them.
 Reply by: Mfishing      Posted: 10/19/2015 3:29:34 PM     Points: 777
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 10/20/2015 1:01:03 AM     Points: 840
Rob, smoked whitefish is one of my all time favorites. Nice catch.
 Reply by: No_jok_oh      Posted: 10/20/2015 8:33:32 AM     Points: 25
I know this year has been interesting on the poudre river. We have caught so many blue gills. I have been trying to get a few suckers for cut bait. And All I can caught are trout. LOLS. I want suckers dag nab it. But people are right. The poudre is on fire. Nice pics.
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 10/20/2015 9:52:08 AM     Points: 25270
Thanks again guys!

Bassackwards, I've heard that. However, there's been like 5 whitefish found in the Poudre in the last 10 years, so I figured hes worth sending back.

No_jok_oh, I'd try the Big T by the recycling plant if your searching for suckers. We got a ton of them while electro-shocking it with the CPW last year.
 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 10/20/2015 12:40:28 PM     Points: 574
great work as always Rob
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 10/20/2015 4:34:54 PM     Points: 6193
Not everyday you find mighty whitey in the Poudre. Nice.
 Reply by: slicedog      Posted: 10/21/2015 7:27:14 AM     Points: 91
I caught a whitefish a few years back on the Poudre through town of all places. Pretty shocked to find one there.

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