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: Upper 40’s
Hatches: Midges, sporadic caddis, blue-winged olives, and Tricos
14 Day Forecast: Look for reliable hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.
Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been tough in Cheesman Canyon. Trust me–you’ll work hard for every fish you catch right now. The Cheesman trout are keying on the small stuff right now. It’s time to break out the 6X tippet and the size 22-24 flies! Anglers should prepare for a heavy a.m. midge hatch followed by a late morning Trico hatch. Early afternoon brings a blue-winged olive hatch. My go to bugs have been a size 22 Jujubaetis, size 22 Stalcups Baetis, and #24 chocolate Foam Wing Emerger. Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher
Effective Patterns: #22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #22-24 Sparkle Dun (BWO) #18 Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), and #24 Parachute Adams.