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 sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tips and Other Information: The flow was bumped yesterday below Cheesman Reservoir to 116 cfs. This should help fishing immensely! Cheesman Canyon trout are keying on the small stuff right now. It’s time to break out the 6 and 7X tippet and the size 24-26 flies! Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers. Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher.
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, #20 Sparkle Dun and #24 Parachute Adams.