South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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  1. RS-2  

  2. Black Beauty  

  3. Mercury Midge  

  4. Juju Baetis  

  5. Zebra Midge  

  6. Leech  

  7. Griffith's Gnat  

  8. Rainbow Warrior  

  9. Scud  

  10. Disco Midge  

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Recent Guide Reports

Dec 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows at Cheesman continue to rise and trout are responding well. Trout have been feeding heavily and aren't afraid to eat a big meal. Scuds, leeches and worms are all key patterns right now with elevated flows. Look to fish the the slow pools and slack water along banks and with a heavy nymph rig. Much like the rest of the South Platte, presentation will be key. Small yarn indicators and 6x tippet will put you at better odds. Ensure plenty of weight so as to reach the depths of the water and go with short clean casts so as to not spook these already skittish trout. Sight fishing and stealth will make all the difference on this tricky tailwater. Observe the water from a high point along the bank and the approach each location with caution.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, 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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Dec 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows continue to rise through Deckers and currently sit at 202 cfs. At this level, trout are holding closer to the banks and in the slack water. Definitely dont ignore the slow pools, but pay attention to the water close to the banks. This increase also has trout feeding heavily on scuds (pink/green), leeches, worms and Pheasant Tails. All of these patterns are great lead fly options on your nymph rig. Below that, midge and baetis are key. Applying ample weight is critical right now to get your flies down quickly. Unless trout are holding in water less than 2 ft deep, they will be holding in the deepest water column where the current is slowest.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, 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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10-12).



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

Dec 08 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

In the last week, flows at Deckers have risen above historical levels for this time of year and the fishing has improved. At this flow, trout are more able to spread out and will do so on warmer days, particularly in the afternoon. That being said, you will want to continue to focus on the pronounced pools and slower moving runs as trout look to conserve energy. The heavy nymph rig will produce the best results under these conditions. However, presentation and finesse will be imperative. Small yarn indicators and 6x tippet will put you at better odds of fooling these picky trout, but short and clean casts will make all the difference. When nymphing, go with small midge or baetis patterns like a Mercury Midge, Top Secrets, Black Beauties, RS2s or a Chocolate Foamback Emerger.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, 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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10-12).



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

Dec 08 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows at Cheesman continue to rise making for slightly better conditions. Trout continue to feed at consistent rates, but most prominently during the late morning and afternoon. Air temps this week are expected to remain at or below freezing so dont expect much in the way of feeding during the early hours. Given sub-freezing temps, trout will be hesitant to move about the water, despite elevated flows and cloud cover most of the week. Look to fish the the slower pools and runs and go with a heavy nymph rig. Much like the rest of the South Platte, presentation will be key. Small yarn indicators and 6x tippet will put you at better odds. Ensure plenty of weight so as to reach the depths of the water and go with short clean casts so as to not spook these already skittish trout. Sight fishing and stealth will make all the difference on this tricky tailwater. Observe the water from a high point along the bank and the approach each location with caution.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, 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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Dec 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Traffic is finally starting to slow down through Deckers and fishing has been productive. Flows through Deckers currently sit just above 100 cfs. While flows are technically 30 cfs below the historical average, there are still plenty of slow and deep sections to fish. The pronounced pools are a great place to start but dont ignore slow sections that are 2ft or deeper. Fish the deep and slow sections with a small indicator (yarn is preferred), 6x tippet and medium sized splitshot. Our go-to morning setup right now is a Mercury Midge trailed by a Top Secret or Black Beauty. In the afternoon, swap out your trailer fly for a RS2, Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger or WD40. Pink/green scuds, leeches and Mercury Pheasant Tails are great alternate lead flies.

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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10-12).



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

Dec 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows through Cheesman Canyon are healthy and fishing has been productive. The canyon is gorgeous this time of year and the hike in is a great way to warm up. There are three words you should remember when fishing the canyon right now: stealthy, slow and small. With gin clear water and lower flows, trout are skittish and spook easily. Fishing from a knee or behind a boulder is a great way to avoid spooking trout. When selecting water, look for slow sections that provide trout with little resistance. In terms of flies, small should be your default. Midge larva/pupa patterns in size #22-26 and baetis in size #22 are the most consistent right now. If youre not seeing results, scuds and leeches are great slumpbusters. Lead with one of those patterns and trail one or two midge/baetis nymphs behind it.

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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

Nov 25 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows on the South Platte through Deckers currently sit at 94 cfs. This is a comfortable level for this time of year and trout have settled into their winter lies. We fished Deckers last Saturday and focusing on the soft water was key. We found most of our trout in slow runs and pools that were at least 2 ft deep. Slow water can be tricky to fish but if you use a small indicator, 10ft leader and 6x tippet, you will find trout willing to eat. The other thing to remember is weight. Even in the slow water, a medium sized splitshot was necessary to get our flies down quickly. Trout right now are keyed in on pink/green scuds, leeches, Mercury Pheasant Tails, Mercury Midges, Top Secret Midges, JuJu Baetis and RS2s. With low barometric pressure in the forecast this week, we expect larger lead flies to be highly productive. So if your double midge nymph rig isnt working, swap out your lead fly for a Pine Squirrel Leech, #16 Mercury Pheasant Tail or scud.

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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10-12).



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

Nov 25 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Despite colder weather, the Cheesman Canyon parking lot continues to fill up quickly on the weekends. Our recommendation is to either fish during the middle of the week or fish the afternoon hours. The canyon is damn cold during the morning and trout are sluggish until the water warms up around noon. Similar to Deckers, focusing on the soft water will be the most productive. When fishing the slow pools and runs, be precise and delicate with your cast. Unless temperatures rise above 40 degrees, midge larva/pupa patterns will be the most productive. Our go-to setup is a Mercury Midge or Black Beauty trailed by a Top Secret or Jujubee Midge. If youre not seeing any action, swap out your lead fly for a Mercury Pheasant Tail, Pine Squirrel Leech or scud. On warm afternoons, RS2s, Chocolate Foam Wings and WD40s will receive attention.

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), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).



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

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