South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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Recent Guide Reports

Feb 18 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

The recent snowstorms and cold weather increased some of the ice buildup along the banks. As a result, the water has been a bit slushy in the mornings as the ice breaks off and floats downstream. The river will clear up around 11 am and make clean, drift free casts easier to achieve. Low flows (70 cfs) and winter weather continues to push trout into the pronounced pools and runs but if youre on the river during a warm afternoon, exploring the slow riffles and transition areas will pay dividends. Large lead patterns and eggs have been productive when trailed by small midge and baetis nymphs. In regards to midges, simple red and black patterns continue to be the most productive. Black Beauties, blood midges and disco midges are all great patterns to have on hand. If youre not having any luck, Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns and Flashback Pheasant Tails will help attract selective trout. The takes continue to be subtle so keep your indicator small and dont hesitate to set the hook.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#20 - 24), RS2 (#22 - 24), Chocolate Thunder (#22 - 24), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#20 - 24), Black Beauties (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Mercury Midge (#24 - 26, (Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - 26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 26), and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Feb 18 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 5/5

For the past week, flows through Cheesman Canyon have held steady at 58 cfs. While there is some ice buildup in the sections that dont see much sun, most of the pronounced pools and runs are ice free and fishing well. The trout are holding deep in the pronounced pools and runs in the morning but we have seen some trout rise and feed in the middle column during the afternoons. Sight fishing for the suspended and actively feeding trout will greatly improve your odds. Drop your weight and decrease the length of your rig when fishing to these trout. Similar to Deckers, large lead flies such as leeches, worms, stoneflies and eggs are working well right now. Spawning rainbows are eager and willing to go after a large meal. Aside from that, red/black thread midges, Blood Midges, Disco Midges and Black Beauties are working well. If youre on the river in the afternoon, make sure to have some WD40s, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers and RS2s on hand.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#22 - 24), Chocolate Thunder (#22 - 24), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), Pheasant Tail (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#22 - 24), Black Beauty (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Blood Midge (#22 - 26), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute BWO (#20), Matthews Sparkle Dun (#20) and Griffiths Gnat (#20 - 22).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Feb 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Over the past few days, flows through Deckers rose about 10 cfs to 77 cfs. This rise combined with warmer weather has helped break up some of the ice along the banks making for easier access to the pronounced pools and runs. During the morning hours, trout are relatively idle, holding deep in the pools and runs. After 12 pm, the eager trout have been moving into the head of pools and slow riffles. As we move closer to the rainbow spawn, weve seen increased productivity from leech patterns, worms and eggs. Leading with an egg sucking leech pattern will kill two birds with one stone. The warmer weather has also helped spur BWO activity. While the hatches are still infrequent, baetis nymph patterns have been productive. Foam Wing RS2s, JuJu Baetis and Pheasant Tails are great sub-surface flies to fish between 11 am and 3 pm.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#20 - 24), RS2 (#22 - 24), Chocolate Thunder (#22 - 24), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#20 - 24), Black Beauties (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Mercury Midge (#24 - 26, (Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - 26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 26), and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Feb 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 5/5

Warmer weather is on everyones radar and that has led to heavy weekend traffic in Cheesman Canyon. If youre looking to have a relatively peaceful day, we recommend taking a day off from work and fishing during the week. Unlike Deckers, there hasnt been much flow movement in the canyon. At 56 cfs, continue to pick apart the deep pools and runs where the trout are stacked up. Simple midge patterns have been the key. Red, black, cream and purple, thread or tube midge patterns in size 22 26 are all great options. In the morning, trail one of those patterns behind a Pine Squirrel Leech or Mini Leech. In the afternoon, lead with the midge pattern and trail a midge or baetis emerger pattern. The hot emergers right now are Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, Foam Wing RS2s and Top Secrets.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#22 - 24), Chocolate Thunder (#22 - 24), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), Pheasant Tail (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#22 - 24), Black Beauty (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Blood Midge (#22 - 26), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute BWO (#20), Matthews Sparkle Dun (#20) and Griffiths Gnat (#20 - 22).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Feb 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Deckers flows continue to hold at 60 cfs and with the recent cold overnight temperatures, the riverbanks are frozen and you may experience some slushy water if youre on the river mid-morning. Dont be afraid to break up the ice along the banks as youre scouting and work back to those sections after the ice has cleared. Trout are stacked in the deep pools and runs while the water temperature is low. Slow, drag-free drifts will put trout in your net. Be sure to adjust your depth throughout the day because as the temperature rises, the trout will move up in the water column and feed closer to the surface. This week will bring some warmer weather so dont rule out the slow riffles and head of runs. Large lead flies have been productive, especially small leech patterns and worms. Midge larvae patterns are still the go-to flies for most of the day but as temperatures rise, emerger patterns will be important. Foam Wing Emergers, Foam Wing RS2s and Top Secrets are all great options.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#20 - 24), RS2 (#22 - 24), Chocolate Thunder (#22 - 24), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#20 - 24), Black Beauties (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Mercury Midge (#24 - 26, (Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - 26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 26), and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Feb 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 5/5

Flows in Cheesman Canyon are holding at 56 cfs, which has the trout stacking up in the obvious deep pools and runs. The cold overnight and morning temperatures have kept the trout relatively inactive during the early morning hours but the action will pick up after 11 am. Playing with your weight on your nymph rig has been critical. We recommend starting light and fishing from the top down. This will help you present your flies first to the actively feeding trout and then the less active trout hugging the riverbed. Your starting lineup should be simple black, red and tan midge larvae patterns but be open to changing strategies quickly. Leading with a leech or worm pattern will be key during the front half of the week and flashy, attractor patterns will be important after Wednesday. If youre on the river during a warm afternoon, Foam Wing Emergers and RS2s are great flies to use as a trailer. Let them swing and rise before making your next cast.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#22 - 24), Chocolate Thunder (#22 - 24), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), Pheasant Tail (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#22 - 24), Black Beauty (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Blood Midge (#22 - 26), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute BWO (#20), Matthews Sparkle Dun (#20) and Griffiths Gnat (#20 - 22).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

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