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 low flows until Cheesman Reservoir fills. Were expecting it to fill quickly now, with all the reservoirs above full now.
Tips and Other Information: Flows will remain low until Cheesman Reservoir fills. Currently the lake is about 11 feet from the top, so it shouldn’t take too long. Currently anglers should expect hatches of midges, sporadic blue-winged olives and sporadic caddis, but overall the hatches have been extremely light and the trout are currently feeding opportunistically. Fishing has been challenging as of late, but those anglers working hard, covering a lot of water, are reaping the benefits of some nice fish.
Note: The Cheesman Canyon trout are spawning in many sections of the canyon and will continue through the latter part of June. Ice-cold water temps (41 degrees) delay the spawning process in this section of the South Platte. Please watch your step in the shallow riffles as there are redds everywhere. If you see fish in shallow rifles, assume the are spawning and leave them alone. Target your efforts in deeper holes and water that is 2-4 feet deep.
Effective Patterns: #20 Juju Baetis, #14-16 UV Scud, #20 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, 20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Chironoflash Midge, #18 Buckskin, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20 Sparkle Dun, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer’s Swing Caddis, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.