South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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May 27 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

After a long streak of elevated flows, Deckers experienced a sharp decrease. Over the last two days, flows reduced by roughly 200 cfs. Currently sitting at 125 cfs, trout have pulled away from the banks and migrated towards the middle of the river. For the most part, anglers should focus on the pronounced pools and runs. In the afternoon, hit the transition areas and riffles. With lower flows, water temps will rise quickly and trout will move into the faster water as a result. Until Friday or Saturday, hold off on large patterns and focus on double baetis or caddis/baetis nymph rigs. Once trout normalize, large patterns such as scuds, San Juan Worms, Pats Rubber Legs and Hares Ears will become productive lead flies. For now, lead with an Electric Caddis, Flashback Pheasant Tail or JuJu Baetis and trail a Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, RS2 or Barrs Emerger. In addition to that, keep an eye out for hatch and surface activity in the afternoon. With reduced flows, we expect dry fly action to improve.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24).



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

May 27 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Flows dropped dramatically over the last two days from 370 cfs to 112 cfs. This substantial decrease altered trout behavior and holding positions. Previously, trout were well spread out, favoring the soft runs, riffles and banks. At the new level, trout will stack up in the pronounced pools/runs and migrate to the riffles in the afternoon. Clarity has improved, so be on your A game and keep a low profile when approaching trout. Big bugs were hot lead flies but we expect trout to favor smaller patterns until they normalize. Come Friday or Saturday, larger patterns such as scuds, Pats Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, caddis larva and Hares Ears will be productive lead flies. Darth Baetis, Sparkle Wing RS2s, JuJu Baetis and Mercury Midges are our top trailer patterns. Crowds have been exceptionally heavy lately, so dont expect to have the river or trails to yourself. Also, please remember to pack out what you bring in.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24).



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

May 24 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Cheesman Canyon flows held steady last week around 370 cfs. Elevated flows have trout spread out towards the banks, so keep your distance from the bank when scouting new water. When fishing the soft water along the banks, we prefer to use a yarn indicator to decrease surface disturbance. A thingamabober will work fine when fishing the runs and riffles. The most important factor at the moment is weight. Start with one or two large split shot and adjust as needed. Even if youre not fishing deep water, getting your flies down quickly will greatly improve your odds. Larger patterns such as scuds, Pats Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, caddis larva and Hares Ears will help get the trouts attention. Darth Baetis, Sparkle Wing RS2s, JuJu Baetis and Mercury Midges are our top trailer patterns. Crowds have been exceptionally heavy lately, so dont expect to have the river or trails to yourself. Also, please remember to pack out what you bring in.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24).



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

May 24 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

For the past week, South Platte flows through Deckers have held steady in the mid 300 cfs range. Despite holding 100 cfs above the historical average, consistent flows have led to productive fishing. Nymphing is the most effective method at the moment. Focus on the outer seams, slack water, runs and rolling riffles with a heavy nymph rig. Pats Rubber Legs, scuds, San Juan Worms, Guides Choice Hares Ears and Rainbow Warriors are solid point flies. Baetis, midge and caddis trailers are all productive at the moment. If youre not seeing any action, adjust your depth first and if that doesnt work, change your trailer pattern.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24).



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

May 21 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges and blue-winged olives

Tips and Other Information: Fishing in Cheesman Canyon has been fair to good as of late. Crowds have been very heavy the past two weeks, so plan accordingly. Cheesman Canyon regulars should prepare themselves for a.m. and p.m. hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts. The Family Hole and Ice Box are two great areas to look for rising fish during the spring that are keying on midge-adults. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is a great option as well. Mid day brings a nice olive hatch with several fish eating duns in the soft water margins. During the non-hatch periods an orange UV Scud is a great option now the flows are on the rise

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matts Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Blue Dun, #20-22 Blue Quill, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.

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This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
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May 17 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Cheesman Canyon flows are high right now. As a result, the tight stretches are difficult to fish effectively. Focusing on the slack water along the bank with a deep and heavy nymph rig will be your best bet in these sections. As for the wider stretches, trout are spread out but will gravitate to the softer water. Targeting pockets, soft runs, seams, pools and the bank is a productive strategy. Weight is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle right now. Start with a large split shot and add more if needed. If youre not seeing any action or if you havent snagged the bottom, its a good indication that you should add more weight. If you see trout suspended in the shallower sections, drop weight accordingly. Scuds, Pats Rubber Legs, caddis larva and Rainbow Warriors are great attention grabbers right now. Lead with one of those patterns and trail a baetis larva followed by an emerger or just an emerger. JuJu Baetis and Darth Baetis have been hot patterns the past couple weeks in these elevated flows.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24).



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

May 17 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

South Platte flows through Deckers are currently 100 cfs above the historical average. With elevated flows, focusing on the soft runs, outer seams and slack water along the banks is the best way to go. We personally havent observed any impressive hatches or surface activity lately, but dont rule it out. If youre focusing on the banks, you may find some fish willing to look up at the surface. With that said, the best tactic right now is nymphing. There are a lot of bugs floating around in the water and trout are taking full advantage. Scuds and other large bugs such as Pats Rubber Legs, Guides Choice Hares Ears, Electric Caddis and crane fly larva are great lead flies. Clarity is still in tack but a little flash on your trailer or emerger patterns will help. Mercury Midge, JuJu Baetis, Sparkle Wing RS2s, Darth Baetis, Barrs Emergers and Flashback Pheasant Tails all contain a little flash and are top targets for trout right now.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24).



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

May 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Flows are healthy and trout have their feed bags on. Both large and small tailwater patterns will fool trout right now. If youre having a hard time getting their attention, leading with a Rainbow Warrior, scud or red Copper John will do the trick. Midge emerger productivity is highest before 11 am and after 5 Pm. Between 11 am and 5 pm, baetis emergers, caddis larva/pupa are key. Barrs Emergers, Stalcups Baetis and JuJu Baetis were hot baetis patterns last weekend. With elevated flows, clarity has decreased but sight fishing is still an option if you find a good vantage point. During the afternoon, youll find trout feeding mid column in tailouts, runs, transition areas, riffles and along outer seams.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24).



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

May 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

Flows have been healthy all spring and fishing has been fantastic. The biggest challenge continues to be crowds. Fishing during the week, early morning or evening is your best bet if youre looking for more room to move around. Despite elevated flows, clarity is favorable for this time of year. Neutral colored patterns are still bringing in trout but a little flash doesnt hurt, whether its a flashy emerger or an attractor. Rainbow Warriors, Electric Caddis, scuds and red Copper Johns are great attractor patterns during high water and theyve performed well in Deckers lately. Lead with one of those patterns and trail a Sparkle Wing RS2, black JuJu Baetis, Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail or Barrs Emerger. Water temps are up and trout are spread out. Dont ignore the riffles and fast transition areas. Surface activity has been relatively consistent in the afternoon. Focus on the shallower runs, banks and pools if youre looking for risers.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, eggs, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24).



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

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