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Oct 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

With flows holding at 53 cfs, fishing is technical and productive pools/runs are limited. Yarn indicators, 5x-6x tippet and 9ft+ leaders are necessary to fool trout right now. Were still seeing some surface activity in the late morning hours on small midge and baetis dry fly patterns. Unless youre on the river during a warm afternoon, most of your focus should be on the deep pools, runs and pockets. With high water clarity, sight fishing is possible, so do your best to identify where trout are feeding. If you see trout feeding in the upper half of the water column, a light nymph rig or deep dry dropper will do the trick. If theyre holding deep, slide your indicator up and add extra split shot. San Juan Worms, eggs and red attractor patterns are serving as great lead flies right now. Below that, trail midge and/or baetis emergers. Top Secrets, Disco Midges, Rojo Midges, Mercury Midges, RS2s, JuJu Baetis and Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers are our go-tos right now.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18-20), RS2 (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#22-24), JuJu PMD (#20-22), WD 40's (#22-24) Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Pheasant Tails (#18-22), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#18-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Rainbow Warrior (#20-22), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12) and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

Oct 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Cheesman Canyon is running low right now so be prepared for technical and stealthy fishing. We were in the canyon last weekend and saw the most activity in the pronounced pools and runs. These trout are on high alert and wont be fooled easily. Yarn indicators worked well in the slow pools and didnt seem to spook the trout. If youre fishing shallow runs, deep dry droppers arent a bad idea either. If you trail your nymph(s) at least 2 ft behind your dry fly and add a small splitshot above the nymph, youll reach trout suspended in the river. Small searcher and attractor patterns (red Copper John, Pheasant Tail, Rainbow Warrior, SJ Worm) are productive lead flies. Trail midge larva/pupa patterns in the morning and baetis emergers after 12 pm. We saw rising trout in the shaded pools, so if you have two rods, its not a bad idea to rig one up with a #22 Parachute Adams.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu PMD (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), 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), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Oct 11 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Similar to Deckers, flows through Cheesman Canyon dropped on Thursday. At this level, the water is gin clear and trout have less options to spread out. 5x 6x tippet and 9+ft leaders are necessary to fool these trout. During warm afternoons, trout will selectively rise in the shallow runs and soft water along the banks, but unless you see consistent surface activity, your best bet is to nymph. Trout will hold along the banks and in the shallower sections during the morning. A dry dropper or light nymph rig with a yarn indicator is ideal for this situation. Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wings and Mercury Midges have been the top producers during the morning hours. As the day progresses, trout will slide towards the center of the river and feed along shelves and in the deep pools/runs. Size 22 RS2s and JuJu Baetis will get plenty of attention from feeding trout. Eggs, scuds, Rainbow Warriors and Guides Choice Hares Ears will be productive lead flies this week.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu PMD (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), 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), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Oct 11 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows through Deckers dropped on Thursday to 53 cfs. At this level and with the cool temps we are receiving, it definitely feels like winter fishing. Trout have been pulled away from the banks and are now stacking up in the deep pools and runs. Recent snow and freezing overnight temps have hindered bug and surface activity, so unless you see an obvious midge or BWO hatch, plan to nymph. With trout holding deep, where the current is slowest, ample weight on your nymph rig is critical. In general, if youre not snagging the bottom every few casts, its a good sign that you need to add more weight. Egg patterns are becoming increasingly more productive, so dont hesitate to lead with one of those patterns. Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns and Mercury Pheasant Tails are also solid lead fly options. Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, RS2s and JuJu Baetis are all highly productive 2nd and 3rd flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18-20), RS2 (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#22-24), JuJu PMD (#20-22), WD 40's (#22-24) Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Pheasant Tails (#18-22), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#18-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Rainbow Warrior (#20-22), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12) and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

Oct 07 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

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

Tips and Other Information: Fishing at Deckers has been extremely tough as of late. Warm water temps are still a major concern. No one is quite sure why the water is so warm, currently the water exiting the bottom valves of Cheesman Dam is 60 degrees, warming up to the upper 60s late in the day. The trout are a bit stressed, hiding, and not willing to cooperate for the average angler. Pray for cooler nights and for the lake to stratify so we can begin seeing cooler water temps, improved hatches, and happy trout. Current hatches include midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives, with a sporadic caddis or two. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently stocked some catchables in the Deckers area to improve catch-rates.

Effective Patterns: #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, # Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #20-22 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
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Oct 07 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

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

Tips and Other Information: Fishing in Cheesman Canyon has been extremely tough as of late. Warm water temps are still a major concern. No one is quite sure why the water is so warm, currently the water exiting the bottom valves of Cheesman Dam is 60 degrees, warming up to the mid-60s late in the day. The trout are a bit stressed, hiding, and not willing to cooperate for the average angler. Pray for cooler nights and for the lake to stratify so we can begin seeing cooler water temps, improved hatches, and happy trout. Current hatches include midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives, with a sporadic caddis or two.

Effective Patterns: #20 Mercury Midge, #24 Mercury Baetis, #22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #22-26 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
303-674-4700

Oct 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Similar to Deckers, flows through Cheesman Canyon are low and the water is gin clear. 5x 6x tippet and 9+ft leaders are necessary to fool these trout. Trout will selectively rise in the shallow runs and soft water along the banks, but unless you see consistent surface activity, your best bet is to nymph. Trout will hold along the banks and in the shallower sections during the morning. A dry dropper or light nymph rig with a yarn indicator is ideal for this situation. Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wings and Mercury Midges have been the top producers during the morning hours. As the day progresses, trout will slide towards the center of the river and feed along shelves and in the deep pools/runs. Size 22 RS2s and JuJu Baetis will get plenty of attention from feeding trout. Eggs, scuds, Rainbow Warriors and Guides Choice Hares Ears will be productive lead flies this week.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu PMD (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), 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), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Oct 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

At 107 cfs, flows through Deckers are roughly 80 cfs below the historical average. Water clarity is high and these trout are becoming increasingly difficult to fool. If you see trout refuse your fly, decrease the size of your fly before changing patterns. We had a few refusals last week, so we dropped our RS2 from a #20 to a #22 and that did the trick. Weve seen solid morning hatch activity but with overnight and morning temps rapidly decreasing, dont expect to see heavy trico activity moving forward. With that said, the afternoon temps have risen to a nice temperature, so be prepared to see BWO activity between 1 pm and 3 pm. Aside from that, stick to nymphing the deep pools and runs. Egg patterns are becoming increasingly more productive, so dont hesitate to lead with one of those patterns. Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns and Mercury Pheasant Tails are also solid lead fly options. Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, RS2s and JuJu Baetis are all highly productive 2nd and 3rd flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18-20), RS2 (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#22-24), JuJu PMD (#20-22), WD 40's (#22-24) Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Pheasant Tails (#18-22), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#18-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Rainbow Warrior (#20-22), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12) and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

Sep 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Cheesman Canyon flows dropped over the weekend to 136 cfs. At this level, fishing is technical, but stealthy and persistent anglers will be successful. With cool overnight and morning temps, trout are getting off to a slow start. During the morning, focus on the slow pools with a heavy nymph rig. The slower your drift, the better your odds will be. Small midge patterns have been the top producers during the morning (Mercury Midge, Black Beauty & Top Secret). As the water warms up, switch your focus to the runs, transition areas and slow riffles. While nymphing has been the most consistent, hopper dropper setups are still effective when fishing shallower water. RS2s, Barrs Emergers, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers and JuJu Baetis have been the key during the afternoon. If youre not having any luck, add more weight to your line and swap out your lead fly for a pink/green scud, Guides Choice Hares Ear or Mini Leech.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu PMD (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), 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), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Sep 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows on the South Platte through Deckers took a dive over the weekend. Currently sitting at 133 cfs, clarity is high and trout are on high alert. Deckers continues to see heavy angling pressure throughout the week, so dont expect to fool these trout easily. 5x-6x tippet and 9 ft. leaders are necessary. With the exception of warm afternoons, focus on the slow runs and pools with a heavy nymph rig. Larger lead flies have helped attract attention from selective trout. Lead with a caddis larva, Pheasant Tail, Mini Leech or San Juan Worm trailed by midge emergers in the morning and baetis emergers after 11 am. While tricos are winding down, we saw decent surface activity during the morning during the midge and trico hatch. If you see trout rising, tie on a small trico spinner. In the afternoon, keep an eye out for BWOs. Target the tailouts and outer seams with a #22 Parachute Adams.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18-20), RS2 (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#22-24), JuJu PMD (#20-22), WD 40's (#22-24) Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Pheasant Tails (#18-22), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#18-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Rainbow Warrior (#20-22), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12) and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).



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

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