Castin’ Away The Day

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By Piper Dunn

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Piper Dunn enjoying the Cache La Poudre fishing| Lizzie Boroski

The long, hot days begin to give way to cooler weather and changing colors, marking the beginning of fall and for many the end of the outdoor season. Of course, this is not the case for Colorado. The hillsides begin to come alive with brilliant yellow, orange, and red fall colors and the trout are hungry. Some of my best days fishing have been spent in the Cache la Poudre River surrounded by colorful fall views. The Cache la Poudre can be accessed for fishing easily off of Highway 14 and contains 2 sections of wild trout waters. It has miles and miles of easily accessed public fishing waters, making it one of the better fly fishing destinations in the state, and it happens to be right in our backyard!

The Cache la Poudre River offers endless fly fishing opportunities all year long. Just a quick, 20 minute drive from campus, the Cache la Poudre River is a perfect destination for all levels of fly fishing. You can find hungry brown, rainbow, and cut-bow trout in pools, ripples, shaded banks, and deep runs. Caddis fly patterns and terrestrials are productive to use in the early fall season, allowing the opportunity to watch a trout rise from the river and swallow your fly. Trout in the Cache la Poudre are always keen on streamers, especially as fall approaches, so make sure to have a few in your box!

The Cache la Poudre is a perfect destination for some after class fishing, or to pick up a fly rod and throw your first casts. From one female fly fisher to another, pick up that fly rod and learn how to fish! Don’t be intimidated, there are no rules to your fishing; wear what you want, fish how you want, hell even wear a dress fly fishing if you feel like it… sometimes I do! Hope to see more guys and gals getting out and getting after it on the water this fall!  

Getting fancy while fishing| Piper Dunn