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.
Water Temperature: Low 40’s
Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives
14 Day Forecast: Look for good hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.
Tips and Other Information: Flows remain at 70 cfs to fill Cheesman Reservoir. The level of Cheesman Reservoir is low, its down to 67,000 acre feet which is a bit of a concern considering our snow pack is low this year. As you might imagine, fishing in Cheesman Canyon is extremely challenging as of late. Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers in the mornings and Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Blue-winged olives are hatching every afternoon, adding some excitement for the dry fly angler. Overcast days and inclement weather are producing the best hatches.
Effective Patterns: #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Cranefly, #20 Matt;s Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #24 Parachute Adams.