South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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  7. Zebra Midge  

  8. Griffith's Gnat  

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Apr 19 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Over the past two days, flows through Deckers have increased by 60 CFS and currently sit at 179 CFS. This is a considerable increase that will allow trout to spread out towards the outer seams, banks and tailouts. Approach the river slowly in order to not spook trout feeding along the banks. Aside from trout spreading out, the clarity has slightly decreased and more weight will be needed when fishing the deep pools, runs and riffles. Larger patterns, midge/baetis patterns with flash and worms/scuds are producing well with the increase in flow. Pay attention to the time of day and adjust your midge/baetis patterns accordingly. During the morning and late afternoon, trout will key in on midge larvae and pupae patterns. During the middle of the day, its all about baetis flies. Stalcups Baetis, Foam Wing RS2s and the Darth Baetis are hot options.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

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/

Apr 19 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

A release from Cheesman Reservoir on Wednesday increased the flows in Cheesman Canyon from 90 CFS to 160 CFS. With nearly a 100% increase, trout will spread out into the outer seams, banks and tailouts. If youre fishing the deep pools, runs and slow riffles, make sure to add extra weight to account for the river velocity. The release from the dam increased the amount of scuds and worms present in the river. Squirmy Wormies, San Juan Worms and various scud patterns will be highly productive on a nymph rig. In conjunction with those flies, trout will key in on black, white and red midge larvae patterns. If youre not seeing any action on your midge/baetis emerger patterns during the appropriate times, swap out your current fly for a similar pattern with flash. With a decrease in water clarity, flash will help trout identify your fly. Good examples are Sparkle Wing RS2s, JuJu Baetis, Flashback Pheasant Tails, Flashback Black Beauties, Mercury Midges and Jujubee Midges.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

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), Mercury Midge (#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/

Apr 16 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for intermittent hatches of midges. We should begin to see some sporadic blue winged olives in the next two weeks.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing in and around the Deckers area is fair with the low flows and ice cold water. Your best bet is dead drifting midge larvae and pupae in the slow, deep pools where the fish are stacked up. There are a few risers in the slow pools and tailouts that are midging. These surface feeders can be fooled with a Matts Midges or a Parachute Adams in sizes 18-24. Were starting to see plenty of spring midges, so youll need to upsize your pupae and adults to accommodate this important food source. Try and determine if the trout are keying on the BIG spring midge or the smaller varieties, then plan your attack accordingly. Look for a few sporadic blue winged olives in the days to come, with hatches intensifying by the end of the month.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
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Apr 16 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for intermittent hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing remains tough with the low flows. Your best bet is dead drifting midge larvae and pupae in the slow, deep pools where the fish are stacked up. There are a few risers in the slow pools and tailouts that are midging. These surface feeders can be fooled with a Matts Midges or a Parachute Adams in sizes 18-24. Were starting to see plenty of spring midges, so youll need to upsize your pupae and adults to accommodate this important food source. Try and determine if the trout are keying on the BIG spring midge or the smaller varieties, then plan your attack accordingly.

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
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Apr 14 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Deckers was on fire last week and even with the weekend snow storm, there was plenty of action. The trout are really starting to spread out and hold in their spring lies. Along with the pools and runs, focus on the head of runs and slow riffles. During hatch activity, swinging baetis and midge emerger patterns through the tailouts will produce great results. Aside from the afternoon midge and BWO hatches, double and triple nymph rigs are the name of the game. A hot setup right now is a Mercury Midge trailed by a Stalcup Baetis followed by a Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger or RS2. If you dont see any action with the midge and baetis patterns, leeches, worms and Pats Rubber Legs usually help break the slump.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

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/

Apr 14 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Trout love consistency and with the consistent flows (90 CFS), Cheesman Canyon is fishing well. On warm and overcast days, the trout have been feeding mid-column and spreading out into the riffles, head of runs and tailouts. If youre looking to fish dries, target the shaded pools with a size 24 Parachute Adams. Sub-surface, double and triple midge/baetis rigs have been the ticket. Lead with a midge pattern such as the Top Secret, Disco Midge or Mercury Midge and trail one or two baetis larvae or Emerger patterns. Chartreuse eggs, Squirmy Wormies Pats Rubber Legs and leeches are also great lead fly options when the pressure is low.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

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), Mercury Midge (#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/

Apr 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Spring has hit the South Platte and Deckers is on fire! Flows continue to hold in the 120 CFS range, which is enough to allow trout to spread out from the deep pools and runs. Its time to break the winter habit of speed walking to the deep sections and start covering more water. While midge and BWO hatches have been making a more regular occurrence, finding rising trout isnt always a given. The slow pools and banks seem to be the best spots to look for risers. Ambassador, Taylor Moulton, fished Deckers last weekend and while the trout werent rising, he killed it with baetis nymphs. The Slim Shady, Stalcups Baetis and Foam Wing RS2 were the hot flies and will continue to be productive with the warm weather ahead.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, 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/

Apr 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

After the cold winter we had, warm afternoons in the canyon feel incredible and we believe the trout would agree. With the warm weather and elevated flows (92 CFS), the trout have been active and feeding more aggressively. On sunny days, the trout will hold deep in the pools, runs or in the riffles. On overcast days, the trout have been feeding closer to the surface and will spread out towards the banks and tailouts. If youre in a fishy hole and dont see any action, add weight. Often times, a deep and slow drift is all you need to turn your luck around. Mercury Midges, Black Beauties and Top Secrets have been productive in the morning and late afternoon but for the bulk of the day, baetis patterns have been key. Foam Wing RS2s, Stalcups Baetis and WD40s are flies that should definitely be on hand.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, 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), Mercury Midge (#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/

Apr 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows continue to hold around 127 CFS and the fishing has been great. With a string of warm weather, weve seen morning and afternoon midge hatches as well as BWOs in the early afternoon. In general, midge patterns have been the most productive during the morning and late afternoon. During the middle part of the day, baetis emerger patterns are the key. The trout have been holding in the deep pools, runs and banks during the morning but will spread out in the afternoon. If the crowds allow it, we encourage you to cover a lot of water and fish to the banks, pools, runs, tailouts and riffles.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & 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/

Apr 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 5/5

Flows through Cheesman Canyon currently sit at 90 CFS, which is roughly 20 CFS above the historical average for this time of year. The water clarity remains high and the trout have started to spread out in the afternoons. Continue to focus on the deep pools and runs during the morning but dont rule out the banks, tailouts and slow riffles in the afternoon. After the increase in flows, we saw a lot of action from leech and worm patterns. While those patterns continue to produce, midge pupa and baetis emerger patterns have been stealing the show. Flies such as the Top Secret, Mercury Midge and Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger are great flies to use during the morning and in the late afternoon. Between 11 am and 2 pm, RS2s, Darth Baetis and WD40s have been the key.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & 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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