Cache La Poudre River

What to expect

Commonly referred to as simply “The Poudre” River, this freestone river meets rugged natural beauty outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The Poudre River is a wild and scenic wonderland, flowing through the stunning Poudre Canyon.

The Poudre River is a trout haven. Wild brown trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout thrive in these waters

The Poudre River treats you to a visual feast of natural wonders. Majestic cliffs, towering pine forests, and rocky outcrops surround you, creating a backdrop that elevates the whole experience. And keep your eyes peeled for the chance to spot elk, deer, and bighorn sheep roaming the riverbanks, adding a touch of wildness to your fishing expedition.

The best part? Optionality. Fort Collins is just a stone’s throw away, granting you easy access to this angler’s paradise. You can fish in town, do a quick half-day wade trip, or even do a full day float trip.

Who to use

We highly recommend using St. Peter’s Fly Shop ( They are one of the most respected outfitters in northern Colorado, and all around good people.


Where to eat/drink

  • Stop into Mishawaka for a low frills beer and burger at this old school restaurant and music joint set along the river. Bonus points if you are able to grab a concert.

  • Odell’s brewery in Fort Collins has some of the best beer in Denver and a fantastic patio to enjoy the weather.

How to get there

From Denver, Fort Collins is a little over an hour drive. Fishing travel time varies, depending on if you fish in town, or venture up the canyon. Plan on no more than an hour drive from Fort Collins to a preferred fishing spot.

Where to stay

If you’re staying in Fort Collins, we highly recommend checking out the Elizabeth Hotel. Its right in the heart of Old Town, with restaurant, bars, and shops within easy walking distance.

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