Author: Will Rice
Photo Reid Baker
Reid Baker, our Guide Manager, spent his day off scouting and fishing the section of the South Platte River that flows through Cheesman Canyon. He provided the following report for the Trouts contingent:
The stream flow coming out of Cheesman Reservoir was right around 48 CFS and the water clarity was very, very clear. The weather was great – sunny, warm, and the high for the day was 78 degrees – it really felt like summer time fishing in the Canyon for the first time all year.
The fishing was a bit slower in the early morning but picked up around noon with a solid baetis hatch. With the water so low we concentrated on some of the deeper plunge pools and darker, slower water. We found that egg patterns and Juju Baetis continue to be an effective combination (6mm egg as a point fly and a trailer Juju Baetis sized 18-20).
Later in the afternoon we began picking up fish in the fast runs. Sight fishing in Cheesman Canyon can be an effective method when the water is low and clear like this. At one point we watched a large fish move two+ feet to eat a fly that wasn’t presented directly on target. If you want to stack the cards in your favor think about using a small white indicator that will blend in with some of the surface foam. Also, using 5X or 6X fluorocarbon tippet should certainly give you an advantage if the stream flows in the Canyon remain at these levels. Other flies that were productive included the UV Zebra Midge sz 18, Parachute Blue Wing Olive sz 18, Top Secret Midge and a Bead Head Cased Caddis sz 16.
The weather has been all over the place in May but it is certainly starting to feel like summer fly fishing is on the way. If you have any questions about fishing Cheesman Canyon call the shop or stop on by. We can set you up with the right fly patterns and rigging.
If you are interested in fishing the South Platte River, Trouts Guide Service offers full and half day trips - less than an hour from Denver. Give us a call at 877.464.0034.