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South Platte - Cheesman Canyon

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Monday, Jan 16 2023
The flows have been stable at 376 cfs recently. The flows are stabilized and the fish are incredibly happy right now. While it's hard to predict what the flows are going to do, we should see at least 250 cfs. in the corridor in the Fall. Denver water will be augmenting water demand flows60 /40 with the North Fork of the South Platte. If there is higher or lower water demand we could see the flows increase or drop again. These flows will activate a lot of large food sourced. Go heaver on your leader/tippet and throw big patterns. Cranefly larva, scuds, worms, etc. are all getting the attention of the fish. Still pay attention to the hatch specific bugs, but almost everything right now is big. Don't be afraid to go into Cheeseman with these flows, the fish are fat and happy. Keep in mind that the flows coming out of Cheesman reservoir are from the bottom release valve. This keeps the river pretty cold. The water temperature is about 52 degrees on most mornings. It's a bug factory right now and the fish are heavy on the feed. Try Trico, PMD Caddis, and midge activity Even with the higher flows, fishing is technical as usual. Sight fishing is a preferred method. Recommended Patterns: Nymphs - Buckskins, #16-18, Sparkle pupa #16-18, Caddis Candy #14-16 Mayer's Mini Leach in black or brown #14-18, orange or olive UV Scuds #14-16, San Juan Worms all colors #12, Miracle Midge #18-24, Top Secret Midge#20-24, Flux Mercury Midge#20-24, Rainbow Warriors #18-22, Juju Midge #18-26, Juan Sniper Baetis #20-24 Juan's Jedi Master#20-24, Pheasant Tail #18-22, RS@ grey and black #18-22, Cheesman emergers #20-22, Barr's PMD emergers #16-18, Foamback emergers chocolate #20-22. Dries: Mole Fly #20-24, Neils BWO #20-22, Almost Dun#20, Juans 180 Trico #20 Griffiths Gnat#20-26, Matts Midge #22-24 Vis a dun black #20-22 Hoppers #14-18 Streamers: This is a great time of year to pack the ole meat rod into the canyon. Work the slower water and tail-outs for the opportunistic feeding fish. Baby Gongas, Mini Dundungeons, lazer legals, and Butt Monkeys have been good, It's always good to have some dark and light patterns. Mix up your presentation and color offerings.




Monday, Jan 16 2023




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South Platte - Cheesman Canyon


Rating - Unknown

The flows have been stable at 376 cfs recently. The flows are stabilized and the fish are incredibly happy right now. While it's hard to predict what the flows are going to do, we should see at least 250 cfs. in the corridor in the Fall. Denver water will be augmenting water demand flows60 /40 with the North Fork of the South Platte. If there is higher or lower water demand we could see the flows increase or drop again. These flows will activate a lot of large food sourced. Go heaver on your leader/tippet and throw big patterns. Cranefly larva, scuds, worms, etc. are all getting the attention of the fish. Still pay attention to the hatch specific bugs, but almost everything right now is big. Don't be afraid to go into Cheeseman with these flows, the fish are fat and happy. Keep in mind that the flows coming out of Cheesman reservoir are from the bottom release valve. This keeps the river pretty cold. The water temperature is about 52 degrees on most mornings. It's a bug factory right now and the fish are heavy on the feed. Try Trico, PMD Caddis, and midge activity Even with the higher flows, fishing is technical as usual. Sight fishing is a preferred method. Recommended Patterns: Nymphs - Buckskins, #16-18, Sparkle pupa #16-18, Caddis Candy #14-16 Mayer's Mini Leach in black or brown #14-18, orange or olive UV Scuds #14-16, San Juan Worms all colors #12, Miracle Midge #18-24, Top Secret Midge#20-24, Flux Mercury Midge#20-24, Rainbow Warriors #18-22, Juju Midge #18-26, Juan Sniper Baetis #20-24 Juan's Jedi Master#20-24, Pheasant Tail #18-22, RS@ grey and black #18-22, Cheesman emergers #20-22, Barr's PMD emergers #16-18, Foamback emergers chocolate #20-22. Dries: Mole Fly #20-24, Neils BWO #20-22, Almost Dun#20, Juans 180 Trico #20 Griffiths Gnat#20-26, Matts Midge #22-24 Vis a dun black #20-22 Hoppers #14-18 Streamers: This is a great time of year to pack the ole meat rod into the canyon. Work the slower water and tail-outs for the opportunistic feeding fish. Baby Gongas, Mini Dundungeons, lazer legals, and Butt Monkeys have been good, It's always good to have some dark and light patterns. Mix up your presentation and color offerings.


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