South Platte River
Cheesman Canyon & Deckers

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  2. Scud  

  3. Baetis Nymph  

  4. Pheasant Tail  

  5. Black Beauty  

  6. Mercury Midge  

  7. Juju Baetis  

  8. Zebra Midge  

  9. Griffith's Gnat  

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Jun 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Despite a small bump in flows late last week, flows through Deckers are still a bit low for this time of year sitting at 163 cfs. With that said, lower flows have allowed the river to warm up quickly and increase trout and bug activity. The drop in flow has also led to some late Rainbow spawning, so please keep an eye out for Redds (spawning beds) and move slowly along the banks as this is where most of the redds are located. If you havent seen a red before, look for a small section of gravel that appears cleaner than the rest of the river bottom. In regards to fishing, the deep pools, runs and riffles are providing the most action right now. The pools and runs are ideal during the morning but as the water warms up around 12 pm, trout are sliding into the head of runs and riffles to feed on emerging midge, caddis, BWOs and PMDs. While weve seen some trout rise when the hatch is thick, most action is sub-surface on emergers/pupas. Dry droppers are a good option if youre fishing shallower runs but aside from that, double/triple nymph rigs leading with a caddis larva trailed by one or two baetis emergers is the ticket. Foam Wing RS2s, JuJu Baetis, WD40s and Split Case PMDs will all get the trouts attention. If youre in a slump, tie on egg pattern as your lead fly or a bead egg no more than one inch above your trailer fly.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24) Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#18 - 22), Black Beauties (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 22), Mercury Midge (#22 - 24), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

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



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

Jun 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

At 157 cfs, Cheesman Canyon is serving up technical but productive fishing. Due to the lower flows and high water clarity, a 9-10ft leader with 5x fluorocarbon tippet is necessary. Similar to Deckers, we have received reports of rainbow spawning activity. Keep an eye out for Redds (clean gravel sections) when wading near the banks. While you need to be careful, the plus side to this late spawn is eggs have been hot! Leading with an egg pattern or tying a bead egg no more than 1 inch above your trailer fly will definitely get attention, right now. Aside from eggs, Pats Rubber Legs and caddis larva have been productive lead flies (look for Pats to be extra productive this week). With a number of hatches occurring right now, emerger patterns have been highly productive as trailer flies on nymph rigs. Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, Foam Wing RS2s, WD40s, Split Case PMDs and Graphic Caddis are all productive options. Focus on the deep pools/runs and as the water warms up, switch gears and hit the head of runs and riffles.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jun 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Decreased flows through Deckers persist and at 123 cfs, trout have been a bit more skittish and selective. With that said, the fishing is still good. Trout are holding towards the middle of the river along the shelves, deep pools, runs and riffles. With high water clarity, moving slowly along the banks and clean casts are critical. When there isnt an active hatch, look for the trout to hold in the deeper water columns. Split shot has been necessary to get your flies down in the feeding zone. Aside from that, we have seen some decent midge, BWO and caddis hatches. Most of the action remains sub-surface, so target the head of runs, riffles and tailouts, if youre fishing during one of those hatches. Electric Caddis, #12 Pats Rubber legs and green Copper Johns have been working well as a lead fly. Below that, trail one or two baetis/caddis emerger patterns. The black JuJu Baetis has been hot lately, but weve also seen success on WD40s, RS2s, Barrs Emergers, Flashback Pheasant Tails and Graphic Caddis.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24) Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#18 - 22), Black Beauties (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 22), Mercury Midge (#22 - 24), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

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



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

Jun 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Flows through Cheesman Canyon are 200 cfs below where they typically are this time of year. At 103 cfs, trout are stacked up in the deep pools and runs. Trout will migrate to the riffles, tailouts and head of runs during hatches, but for the most part, focus on the deepest sections of the river and use plenty of weight. With high water clarity, anglers need to be on their A game and present slow, drag-free drifts. If you see trout refusing your flies, it wouldnt be a terrible idea to drop down to 6x. Caddis larva, pink/green scuds and small stonefly patterns are great lead flies for your nymph rig. Below that, focus on small, baetis/midge patterns. Top Secrets, Mercury Midges, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, JuJu Baetis, RS2s and Split Back Baetis are all solid options. If youre on the water on a warm and cloudy day, look for BWO and caddis hatch activity.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jun 05 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

On Tuesday, flows through Cheesman Canyon dropped from 273 cfs to 99 cfs. At this level, flows are well below the historical average and trout have been pushed back into the deep pools and runs. The deep riffles will produce during warm afternoons, but other than that, the deep water is the place to be. We havent talked about 6x tippet since March, but if youre seeing trout refuse your flies, consider tying on 6x tippet. Yarn indicators will also help you make less disruptive casts and presentations. Small midge and baetis patterns such as Top Secrets, Disco Midges, Mercury Midges, RS2s, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers and WD40s will be the most productive right now. If youre looking for a good lead fly, the Electric Caddis is a great option. With the lower water levels, the river will warm up quicker and encourage hatch activity. Make sure to have Parachute Adams for the midge/BWO hatches and Elk Hair Caddis for the caddis hatch.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

Jun 05 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

After a couple months of healthy flows, the South Platte through Deckers dropped from 277 cfs to 121 cfs. This rapid decrease will push trout back towards the center of the river and into the deep pools and runs. Its not quite winter fishing, but most of your effort should be on the deep water. With that said, at lower levels, the water will warm up quicker and push the more opportunistic trout into the deeper riffles starting around 11 am 12 pm. Water clarity is high, so precision and clean drifts are critical. Smaller baetis, midge and caddis patterns will be the most productive. Caddis larvae will work as a lead fly, but other than that, stick to the classic midge and baetis patterns such as Top Secrets, Black Beauties, RS2s, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers and Stalcups Baetis.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24) Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#18 - 22), Black Beauties (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 22), Mercury Midge (#22 - 24), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

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



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

Jun 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

The South Platte through Deckers is fishing very well right now and as a result, its attracting a lot of anglers. If you can, sneak out on a weekday and youll find more room to move. At 277 cfs, trout will spread out throughout the day and feed in the deep pools/runs and the faster water. While hatch activity has been consistent, finding rising trout isnt always easy. With that said, plan to nymph a triple fly setup unless you see trout actively rising. Pats Rubber Legs are great lead flies right now. Below that, tie on two baetis patterns or a caddis larva followed by a baetis emerger. Black JuJu Baetis, Flashback Pheasant Tails and RS2s have been hot trailer patterns.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 24), WD 40's (#22 - 24) Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#18 - 22), Black Beauties (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 22), Mercury Midge (#22 - 24), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Disco Midge (#22 - 24), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

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



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

Jun 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 4/5

Last Friday, flows increased by roughly 70 cfs and currently sit at 273 cfs. With the recent release, scuds, worms and Pats Rubber Legs were highly productive last weekend. Moving into this week, start with a Pats Rubber Legs as your lead fly and if youre not seeing any action, consider switching to a pink or green scud. Midge patterns such as Top Secrets and Mercury Midges are great trailer flies during the morning. After 11 am, trout will key in on caddis larva/pupa and baetis patterns. Electric Caddis, Z Wing Caddis, black JuJu Baetis, olive RS2s and WD40s are all great options. The deep pools and runs will produce throughout the day, but make sure to use plenty of split shot. In the afternoon, trout will slide into the head of runs and riffles.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Super Pupa (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

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



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

May 29 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

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

Tips and Other Information: Flows have receded the past two days due to cold weather trends and the lack of downstream demand. Once the temperatures rises, look for Denver Water to ramp things up again. Fishing in and around the Deckers has been good as of late. Anglers can expect to see a midge bite in the a.m. followed by some sporadic olives around 1 p.m. Overall, the hatches have been light however. The South Platte trout are currently eating orange scuds, craneflies, Baetis nymphs, and midge pupae.

Effective Patterns: #20 JujuBaetis, #20-22 Choc Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #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, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #24-26 Parachute Adams

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

May 29 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for Denver Water to match incoming flows until Cheesman Reservoir Spills. Anglers can expect sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:

Flows have receded the past two days due to cold weather trends and the lack of downstream demand. Once the temperatures rises, look for Denver Water to ramp things up again. I expect Denver Water to match incoming flows until run-off begins and the reservoir fills. Anglers can expect to see sporadic midges and a few Baetis, but overall, the hatches have been light. The South Platte trout are currently eating scuds, craneflies, midge pupae, and Baetis nymphs. Were finding the occasional riser, but, they are rare.

Note: The Cheesman Canyon trout are spawning in many sections of the canyon and will continue through the latter part of June. Ice-cold water temps (41 degrees) delay the spawning process in this section of the South Platte. Please watch your step in the shallow riffles as there are redds everywhere. If you see fish in shallow rifles, assume the are spawning and leave them alone. Target your efforts in deeper holes and water that is 2-4 feet deep.

Effective Patterns: #20 Juju Baetis, #14-16 UV Scud, #20-Choc Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcups Baetis, 20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Chironoflash, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

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

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