South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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  1. Zebra Midge  

  2. Barr's Emerger BWO  

  3. RS-2  

  4. Rainbow Warrior  

  5. San Juan Worm  

  6. Black Beauty  

  7. Mercury Midge  

  8. Juju Baetis  

  9. Leech  

  10. WD-40  

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Recent Guide Reports

Feb 23 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

With the recent increase in flow, trout have responded well to scuds (pink/green), leeches and larger searcher patterns. These patterns are great lead flies on your nymph rig. Below one of those, trail a midge larva pattern followed by a pupa/emerger. When it comes to your larva pattern, keep it simple with a blood midge, Miracle Midge or thread midge. For your trailer pattern, Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wings and Black RS2s have been hot. Midge hatch activity has been picking up in the early afternoon on warmer days, so keep a few Griffiths Gnats and Parachute Adams close by. Trout are becoming a bit more adventurous but for the most part, the soft water is the place to be. Target banks, slack water and shallow runs in the morning. In the afternoon, fish the runs, outer seams and head of runs.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

Feb 23 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Its been an incredible winter in Cheesman Canyon and it doesnt appear the good times will be stopping anytime soon. Flows jumped late last week and currently hold just below 200 cfs. At this level, anglers should come prepared to fish heavy nymph rigs and cover a lot of water. Recently, weve found trout in everything from the pronounced pools/runs to shallow riffles. As a general rule of thumb, fish the slow stuff in the morning and the faster moving water in the afternoon. Regardless of the section, make sure to have plenty of weight on your line to get your flies down quickly. Larger patterns such as scuds, leeches and searchers are productive lead flies when a double midge rig isnt getting the job done. Aside from that, having a midge larva or baetis larva pattern followed by a midge emerger has been the key. Continue to use the high water clarity to your advantage and sight fish whenever possible. Finding feeding trout is always the most productive strategy.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Feb 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

The South Platte through Deckers has been consistent for the past few weeks. Flows are up, trout are spread out and tiny midges are key. Trout are a bit more adventurous during the low light hours, so if youre on the river early or late, look for trout closer to the bank. During the middle of the day, focus on the outer seams and pronounced pools/runs. Applying the right size and amount of splitshot to your line has made a big difference lately. Start with a heavy setup and fish the deepest water column. If youre not seeing any action or observe trout suspended in the river, drop some weight. Scuds, worms and leeches are solid alternative lead patterns if your double midge rig isnt getting the job done. Top Secrets, Mercury Midges, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers and Flashback Black Beauties have been the MVP midge patterns lately.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

Feb 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows through Cheesman Canyon dropped to 162 cfs yesterday. At this level, anglers should avoid spending hours in the same pool and cover a lot of river. Working inside out is a productive tactic at the moment. Pick apart the banks and slack water before casting towards the middle of the river. Bugs are important but depth will make all the difference. Taking note of when your flies drop will help you determine if more weight is needed. If you make it a goal to get snagged every few casts, youll know if you have the appropriate amount of weight. Leeches, scuds and larger searcher patterns are highly productive lead flies when fishing the deep pools and pockets. These patterns will attract their attention and your trailer midge/baetis pattern will seal the deal. If youre on the river during a warm afternoon, sample the shallow riffles, transition areas and tailouts. Midge pupa and emergers will attract plenty of attention in these sections.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Feb 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

While flows dropped last weekend, they are still well above the historical average. Water clarity is high and trout continue to be skittish and selective as a result. Your typical midge patterns will definitely bring in some fish but if youre not seeing any action, get creative. Break out that attractor pattern or the midge pattern you dont even know the name of. These trout see a lot of anglers and as a result, they see a lot of the same patterns. Leeches, scuds and Rainbow Warriors continue to be great lead flies when you cant seem to get their attention. Simple thread midges will also do the trick when you see trout refuse your fly. With elevated flows, trout are able to spread out from the middle of the river. Slack water, outer seams and slow runs are our go-to targets right now.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

Feb 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Last weekend, flows decreased by roughly 70 cfs. Currently sitting at 182 cfs, trout are spread out. During the low light hours, focus on the banks, slack water and slow pools. As the water warms up, transition your attention to the outer seams, slow runs and tailouts. Adjusting your depth/weight is critical right now. Depending on the temperature and sky conditions, trout will adjust depth. On cold and/or sunny days, get your flies deep. If youre not snagging the bottom every few casts, add more weight. On warm afternoons and/or cloudy days, drop some weight and drifts your flies through the middle column. Scuds, leeches, Pheasant Tails and midge larva are great lead patterns. Below one of those, trail a Black Beauty, Mercury Midge, Disco Midge, Top Secret or Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger. With last weekends snow storm and more in the forecast this week, be extra careful descending into the river.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

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