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Fly Fishing the South Platte River (Cheesman Canyon) in Colorado

South Platte River (Cheesman Canyon) summary

South Platte River (Cheesman Canyon) is a fly fishing location in Colorado.
       

South Platte River (Cheesman Canyon) reports

Andy Idema (aidema) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Good fishing in Cheesman on 11.20.15. Had the Canyon to myself for a few hours which was freegin great and as most of you know, rare. I think the weather report made most folks shy away. There was some snow on the banks but the temps were good and the fish were eating. Did really well, 4 nice fish around 16" within a 45 minute span starting at 10am. Rainbows are keyed in on the browns eggs since they're on the redds. Also had some action with BWOs. (11/25/15)
Jim Cannon (jcbluequill) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Cheesman Canyon
Current Conditions
Flow:142
Clarity: Excellent. 
Water Temperature: Mid to high 60's
Major Food Organisms: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies,  caddis, golden stoneflies.
Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies,  caddis, golden stoneflies.
14 Day Forecast: Look for high water until things dry out.  Denver Water is keeping the water levels in Cheesman Reservoir 11 feet below the spillway until the divers get the new release gates into place.  Flows will fluctuate depending on incoming flows. 
Tips and Other Information: Flows are low and clear.  Fishing is considerably more technical now with the lower water, however. Denver Water is still releasing most of the water from Cheesman Reservoir from the middle of the dam (60 feet below the surface) as opposed to the bottom.  Currently, 30 cfs is coming off the bottom, and the rest is coming from the gate 60 feet below the surface of the lake. This means higher than normal water temps.  The water is coming out of the reservoir at 60 degrees and it warms up quickly. Lower volume means the water heats up quicker!  Right now the water temps are mid to high 60's.  This has the rainbows stressed, please be careful when releasing them.  Keep them in the water when you are handling them.  The best fishing is in the mornings before the water temps shoot up into the upper 60's.  I quit fishing when the water goes above the 67 degree mark.  Please keep an eye on water temperatures.  Amy's Ant is still picking up some nice fish in the darker areas of the substrate and near protruding rocks.   Mercers Micro Mayfly nymph has still been a productive dropper.  Nymphing has been productive with #18 Barr Emergers (pmd), #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, and #8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs (brown and black).  Fish the faster riffles and runs where the oxygen content is the highest.  Denver Water is projecting to start bringing water off the bottom again soon, we will keep you posted.
Effective Patterns: #8 Pat's Rubber Legs, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20 Jujubaetis, #20 Chironoflash, Barr's Graphic Caddis #18, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #18 Mercury Cased Caddis, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Flash Tail Hot Egg, #16 Nuclear Egg, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Goddard Caddis, and #22 Griffith Gnat, #24-26 Parachute Adams.
(08/27/10)
Jim Cannon (jcbluequill) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Cheesman Canyon
Current Conditions
Flow:196
Clarity: Excellent. 
Water Temperature: Mid to high 60's
Major Food Organisms: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies,  caddis, golden stoneflies.
Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies,  caddis, golden stoneflies.
14 Day Forecast: Look for high water until things dry out.  Denver Water is keeping the water levels in Cheesman Reservoir 11 feet below the spillway until the divers get the new release gates into place.  Flows will fluctuate depending on incoming flows. 
Tips and Other Information: Denver Water is releasing the water from Cheesman Reservoir from the middle of the dam (60 feet blow the surface) as opposed to the bottom.  This means higher than normal water temps.  The water is coming out of the reservoir at 60 degrees and it warms up quickly. Right now the water temps are mid to high 60's.  This has the rainbows stressed, please be careful when releasing them.  Keep them in the water when you are handling them.  Overall fishing has been productive, even considering the high water and warmer temperatures.  The best fishing is in the mornings before the water temps shoot up into the upper 60's.  I quit fishing when the water goes above the 67 degree mark.  Please keep an eye on water temperatures. The golden stoneflies are hatching right now and Amy's Ant has been deadly.  The best dropper has been Mercer's Micro Mayfly Nymph. Fish around around rocks where the adults emerge and occasionally fall into the water. Nymphing has been productive with #18 Barr Emergers (pmd), #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, and #8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs (brown and black).  Fish the faster riffles and runs where the oxygen content is the highest.  Denver Water is projecting to start bringing water off the bottom again soon, we will keep you posted.
Effective Patterns: #8 Pat's Rubber Legs, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20 Jujubaetis, #20 Chironoflash, Barr's Graphic Caddis #18, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #18 Mercury Cased Caddis, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Flash Tail Hot Egg, #16 Nuclear Egg, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Goddard Caddis, and #22 Griffith Gnat, #24-26 Parachute Adams.
(08/24/10)
Jim Cannon (jcbluequill) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Cheesman Canyon
Current Conditions
Flow:346
Clarity: Excellent. 
Water Temperature: Mid to high 60's
Major Food Organisms: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies,  caddis, golden stoneflies.
Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, yellow sallies,  caddis, golden stoneflies.
14 Day Forecast: Look for high water until things dry out.  Denver Water is keeping the water levels in Cheesman Reservoir 11 feet below the spillway until the divers get the new release gates into place.  Flows will fluctuate depending on incoming flows. 
Tips and Other Information: Denver Water is releasing the water from Cheesman Reservoir from the middle of the dam (60 feet blow the surface) as opposed to the bottom.  This means higher than normal water temps.  The water is coming out of the reservoir at 60 degrees and it warms up quickly. Right now the water temps are mid to high 60's.  This has the rainbows stressed, please be careful when releasing them.  Keep them in the water when you are handling them.  Overall fishing has been productive, even considering the high water and warmer temperatures.  The best fishing is in the mornings before the water temps shoot up into the upper 60's.  I quit fishing when the water goes above the 67 degree mark.  Please keep an eye on water temperatures. The golden stoneflies are hatching right now and Amy's Ant has been deadly.  The best dropper has been Mercer's Micro Mayfly Nymph. Fish around around rocks where the adults emerge and occasionally fall into the water. Nymphing has been productive with #18 Barr Emergers (pmd), #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, and #8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs (brown and black).  Fish the faster riffles and runs where the oxygen content is the highest.  Denver Water is projecting to start bringing water off the bottom again soon, we will keep you posted.
Effective Patterns: #8 Pat's Rubber Legs, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20 Jujubaetis, #20 Chironoflash, Barr's Graphic Caddis #18, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #18 Mercury Cased Caddis, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Flash Tail Hot Egg, #16 Nuclear Egg, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Goddard Caddis, and #22 Griffith Gnat, #24-26 Parachute Adams.
(08/24/10)
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