South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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  1. Black Beauty  

  2. Mercury Midge  

  3. Juju Baetis  

  4. Foam Back Emerger  

  5. Griffith's Gnat  

  6. Parachute Adams  

  7. Blood Midge  

  8. Top Secret Midge  

  9. Zebra Midge  

  10. Barr's Emerger BWO  

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Jan 20 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

Stable flows and mild weather along the Deckers stretch of the South Platte have increased productivity. The one thing to keep an eye out for is ice/slush runoff during the morning hours. While this occurs, fishing will be difficult and unproductive, so let the river sit until 11 am and fish the afternoon hours. Holding at 60 cfs, flows are low and water clarity is high. These two things combined with cool water temps encourage trout to hold in soft water. Knowing this, we recommend focusing on soft pools, runs, pockets and tailouts. Trout will primarily feed in the deepest water column but with mild weather and increased hatch activity, dont be surprised if you see trout feeding mid-column on emergers during the warmest hours of the day. Top Secrets, WD-40s, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers, Mercury Black Beauties and RS2s are great pupa/emerger patterns. Trail one of those patterns behind a midge larva or searcher/attractor pattern.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/18, 1/22 & 1/24

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Jujubee Midge (#22-24), 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), Buckskin Caddis (#18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#16-28), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jan 20 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Cheesman Canyon flows dropped last week from 60 cfs to 50 cfs. At this level, flows are low, trout are stacked up in pronounced sections of the river and anglers need to bring their A game to fool these trout. The one benefit to low, winter flows is if you find one trout in a pool/run, odds are, youll find several more. Be patient and cover every inch of the pool and adjust flies as needed. Recent mild weather has helped increase trout and bug activity. After 11 am, trout will become more active and feed on emerging midges. Midge emerger/pupa patterns are highly effective when trailed behind midge larva, scuds, Pheasant Tails, Rainbow Warriors, Perdigons, Frenchies and Guides Choice Hares Ears. Our top midge patterns right now are Pale Ale Midges, Blood Midges, Bling Midges, Top Secrets, WD-40s, Mercury Black Beauties and RS2s. Surface activity has been hit or miss but if you see trout rising in a slow pool or run, rig up with 7x tippet and a #24-26 Parachute Adams or Griffiths Gnat.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/18, 1/22 & 1/24

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), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#20-22), Buckskin Caddis (#18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jan 16 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges

Tips and Other Information:Cheesman Reservoir is currently 45 percent full, so Denver Water is keeping the outflows low all winter long. Currently the lower river is frozen and slush ice is big problem on below Bridge Crossing until mid day. Above Bridge Crossing, the river is open, but the water is very cold. Morning water temps have been 34 degrees, rising up to 36 degrees mid day. Feeder streams (from low-level run-off) are adding an additional 10 cfs of water to the Deckers-area. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges. Its hard to go wrong with an egg-midge combo right now. Top producers have been size 24 Black Beauties, Top Secret Midges, and Bling Midges. The optimum window of opportunity is between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Make sure you target the slow, deep pools where the trouts concentration is the highest this time of year. Expect heavy crowds in and around the Deckers area.

Effective Patterns:#22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Mercury Blood Midge, #20 Red Larva, #20 Pale Olive Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #22 JujuBaetis, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.

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

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and sporadic hatches of midges

Tips and Other Information:Cheesman Reservoir is currently 45 percent full, so Denver Water is keeping the outflows low all winter long. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges. This means breaking out the small bugssize 22 is a starting point, but more times than not, youll be fishing with a size 24 or 26. The optimum window of opportunity is between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Make sure you target the slow, deep pools where the trout overwinter. The entire canyon is fishable, but conditions are quite challenging. Plan on working hard for every fish you catch right now. Dress warm, as Cheesman Canyon is a frigid place this time of year. Expect heavy crowds in Cheesman Canyon, despite the difficult conditions

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Mercury Blood Midge, #20 Red Larva, #20 Pale Olive Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #22 JujuBaetis, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.

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

Jan 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Prior to last weekend, flows dropped from 70 cfs to 60 cfs. Holding at 60 cfs, the river can feel a bit limited as trout are stacked up in the pronounced pools and runs. Soft runs, pools and pockets that are at least 2-3 feet deep will hold trout right now. Heavy nymph rigs with 6x tippet have been the most consistent but dont be surprised if you see a few rising trout in soft runs during the early afternoon. If you see trout rising, tie on a #24-26 Parachute Adams or Griffiths Gnat (7x tippet may be necessary to fool trout on the surface). When nymphing, lead with either a heavy attractor pattern or midge larva. Last weekend, we had success trailing a Mercury Midge and a Top Secret behind a Perdigon. While that worked, this is the time of year when experimentation is important. If we dont see success right away, the first thing we do is adjust our depth. We start deep and slowly work our way closer to the surface. If that doesnt work, decrease the size of your flies. If trout dont respond to small and imitative midge patterns, lead with a larger meal such as a leech, scud or Pheasant Tail. While there is considerably less ice in Cheesman Canyon compared to Deckers, we still recommend letting the river sit during the morning and fishing hard from 11 am 4 pm.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/13, 1/14 & 1/15

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), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#20-22), Buckskin Caddis (#18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jan 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

Cold overnight and morning temperatures continue to lead to slow mornings and ice buildup. Despite what the flow chart shows, flows continue to hold steady around 70 cfs. The spike in the flow chart is caused by ice and slush building up under the gauging station. While we did experience relatively mild weather this week, the mornings should be avoided unless you enjoy fishing in slush and breaking ice off your fly line. After 12 pm, the water typically clears up and trout become more active. With cold water temps, focusing on the soft water has been key. Slow pools, runs and slack water are where trout are hanging out and feeding, so spend most of you time in these sections. As far as setups go, weve seen the most success with a double midge nymph rig and a triple nymph rig led with a heavy searcher/attractor pattern and trailed by midge larva and pupa. Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, Perdigons, Rainbow Warriors, scuds and leeches are great lead attractor patterns at the moment. Bling Midges, Miracle Midges, Manhattan Midges and Blood Midges are some of our go-to midge larva patterns. For your midge pupa, you cant go wrong with a Top Secret, Mercury Midge, Jujubee Midge or Mercury Black Beauty. Focus on getting your flies deep and achieving a slow drift.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/13, 1/14 & 1/15

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Jujubee Midge (#22-24), 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), Buckskin Caddis (#18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#16-28), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jan 06 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Advanced

Flows increased a few days ago to 70 cfs. While this isnt a major increase, we welcome any increase to flow this time of year. As weve mentioned before, the canyon is cold, especially during the morning and were seeing ice buildup along banks in sections that receive little sunlight. Trout are stacked up in deep and slow pools, runs and pockets. These sections not only provide trout with protection from predators but also allow them to expend as little energy as possible while consuming food. At this point in the year, trout are lazy and wont move far for your flies, so youll need to hit them on the nose. To do this, apply enough split shot to your line to get your flies down into the deepest water column early in your drift. Cover every inch of the pool/run before adjusting your weight or flies. Flashy midge larva patterns have been great lead flies lately. Good examples are Mercury Midges, Demon Midges, Bling Midges and Miracle Midges. During the morning, trail either a second midge larva or midge pupa. Mercury Black Beauties, Top Secret Midges, Jujubee Midges and Chocolate Foam Back Emergers are some of our go-to pupa patterns. Scuds, San Juan Worms, JuJu Baetis, Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails and Rainbow Warriors are good alternate lead patterns when you need to get the trouts attention.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/4, 1/6 & 1/7

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), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#20-22), Buckskin Caddis (#18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jan 06 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

Weve seen some fluctuations in Deckers flows but thats largely due to ice buildup along the gauge rather than true increases in flow. Flows currently sit at 77 cfs and in most sections, there is considerable ice buildup along the banks. As a result, we recommend fishing sections that receive ample sunlight and contain slow and deep pools/runs. Fishing during the morning has been tough due to ice and slush runoff. Until 11 am or noon, ice and slush will fill the river as it runs downstream. Making clean presentations while this occurs is very difficult, so let the river sit until noon once the river has cleared up. Slow and deep drifts with a heavy nymph rig is the name of the game right now. Midge larva and small attractors are performing well as lead flies. For your trailer, midge pupa/emerger patterns are getting the job done. Bling Midges, Miracle Midges, Mercury Midges, Black Beauties, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers and blue Poison Tungs are all patterns you should have on hand. These trout continue to see heavy pressure, so you may need to size down your tippet and flies to fool them. 6x tippet and #22 26 flies are recommended.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/4, 1/6 & 1/7

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Jujubee Midge (#22-24), 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), Buckskin Caddis (#18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#16-28), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

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