Middle Cache La Poudre River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This section begins at the Pingree Park turnoff and continues 13 miles upstream to the Big Bend Campground. Beginning at Indian Meadows to well above Big Bend, the valley widens and allows slower water conditions as the river meanders through wide, flat meadows and soaks up sunlight, stimulating aquatic vegetation and insect production. Key Species: Brown trout, cutbows, rainbow trout.
Midges hatch periodically from April to November, blue-winged olives in April and May and again from September to November, green drakes and red quills from late June to mid-August, caddis flies from June to October, and stone flies from May to August. Ants, grasshoppers, and beetles become trout fare from July to October. Gold Mepps and Panther Martin spinners are effective pre-runoff and again in fall. The most effective fly patterns will imitate the nymph or emerger stages of these
insects, with the exception of dry-fly patterns for ants, grasshoppers, beetles, and blue-winged olives in late summer and early fall.Whirling disease: Positive."