Photo from Ben Boehmig.

Podcast 61 | The Poudre River and Natural Drifts with Ben Boehmig.

In this episode we Wadeoutthere with Ben Boehmig, from Fort Collins, Colorado.  Ben moved to Colorado from Atlanta and has worked as a forest firefighter and fly fishing guide.  We discuss:

  • The Poudre River
  • Fly presentation.
  • Mending.
  • Taking time to get to know your home waters.
  • Stories of hard work paying off when hunting steelhead.

** NOTE** Podcast episode and upcoming guests appear at the end of this short article.
Subscribers have access to submit questions for future guests.

One of Ben’s favorite places to fish the Poudre River is right in town in Fort Collins because it is easy to get the reps required to progress. Getting to know the river is important for finding your own spots that you know will produce fish. Even if it is a short stop at the stream, every little bit of time on the water counts. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a trout stream, but short on time, stopping to wet a line even for fifteen to thirty minutes can add up and help build experience.

Talking with Ben brought back fond memories of time spent driving up from Colorado Springs to Greeley, Colorado to visit my girlfriend at the University of Northern Colorado.  

When I visited my girlfriend, I sometimes only had a few hours in the morning or afternoon to go fish the Big Thompson River.  But making it a point to drive up and wet a line helped me build familiarity.  After a while the short time I had available was spent more efficiently, as I could head straight to “my spots.”  More time fishing quality water and less time searching for it. 

It helps when your girlfriend loves that you fly fish.  Yup… married her.

Key Takeaways

  • A “Grand Slam” is possible on the Poudre River which holds browns, rainbows, cutthroats, and brook trout.  Look for cutthroat and brookies further up stream and higher in elevation.
  • An easy way to identify a natural drift is to assess if your fly or indicator is traveling at the same speed as the water.
  • Keeping line off the water helps with a natural drift by minimizing requirements to mend.
  • Sometimes the simplest flies work best.  The hares ear and pheasant tail are both good flies to tie up for a day on the Poudre.
  • Fishing seams from closest to furthest and wading out as you go can help keep line off the water and improve presentation.

Learn More.

If you want more information on some of the topics we discussed try reading these blog posts from Wadeoutthere:

Upcoming Podcast Guests.

  • Josh Miller – Euro Nymphing and competition fly fishing
  • Jordan Yackel – Madison River, MT
  • Shyanne Orvis – Colorado
  • Allison Helen Hendricks – Wyoming | Traveling guide | Casting
  • Taylor Joyce – Colorado
  • Rachel Leinweber – Anglers Covey Fly Shop | South Platte River, CO
  • Cameron Cushman – Wild Trout | Veterans
  • Matt Wagner – The Driftless Region
  • Marina Gibson – Fly fishing in the UK
  • Dana Osthoff – Golden Trout | The Driftless Region
  • Jenny West – Bitteroot River
  • Phil Tereyla – South Platte River

Subscribers – Ask a Question on the Podcast.

If you have a question for an upcoming guest, I would love to hear from you. I will ask questions from Wadeoutthere subscribers towards the end of the conversation during “Wadeoutthere Wants to Know.”

Finally, if you enjoy the Wadeoutthere Fly Fishing Podcast, and want to help it grow, please leave a rating and review.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking with Ben. Wadeoutthere.


Jason Shemchuk

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