Cheesman Canyon is one of the best tailwaters in the country. There’s a common belief among “canyon regulars” that if you can catch fish on the South Platte River, you can fool fish anywhere in the world. There’s no substitution for good technique in Cheesman Canyon.
14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges and blue-winged olives
Tips and Other Information: Fishing in Cheesman Canyon has been fair to good as of late. Crowds have been very heavy the past two weeks, so plan accordingly. Cheesman Canyon regulars should prepare themselves for a.m. and p.m. hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts. The Family Hole and Ice Box are two great areas to look for rising fish during the spring that are keying on midge-adults. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is a great option as well. Mid day brings a nice “olive” hatch with several fish eating duns in the soft water margins. During the non-hatch periods an orange UV Scud is a great option now the flows are on the rise…
Effective Patterns: #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Blue Dun, #20-22 Blue Quill, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.