Deckers\Cheesman Canyon Fishing Report

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Fishing Report

Aug 15, 2018

It is mid August and the warmer days are slowing the fishing down during the middle of the day. Rising temperatures are sending the fish into the deeper holes. The fishing during the early mornings and late evening, however, has been fantastic with some great dry fly action.

The fishing at Deckers has been excellent over the past several weeks. Flows have remained relatively high and are consistent at 361 cfs. Water clarity has improved over the past few days. Trico hatches have been hit or miss, but you can count on seeing an emergence of PMDs and Caddis. Fish are looking up for hoppers and dries, but nymphing a girdle bug, San Juan worm, or stonefly trailed by a smaller mayfly nymph will have better success.  Below are some recommended fly patterms for this section of the South Platte.

Patterns:

  • Desert Storm, Chartreuse, #20-22
  • San Juan Worms, Chocolate, Tan, #12-16
  • UV Scuds, Olive, Orange, #14-16
  • Trico Duns/Spinners, Black, Olive, #20-24
  • Buckskin Caddis, Tan, #16-18
  • Golden Stones, Yellow, #12-16

Previous Fishing Reports

Jul 16, 2018

Deckers/Cheeseman is at 329 cfs and slightly stained. Fishing is still good for the experienced angler but conditions look to improve if the flows decrease slightly. Focus on fishing the banks and slow runs with streamers or heavier nymph rigs. Try girdle bugs, soft hackles, hare's ears, and San Juan worms. If tossing streamers, throw darker sculpin imitations in olives, rust, and black.  We are seeing some tricos in the morning along with the Caddis that have been present for the past several weeks. Try Caddis nymphs, pink/red San Juan worms, and black or grey midge patterns in the #20-24 size range.  Water temperatures are high in the afternoons, so please get off the water by mid-day, and keep those fish in the water as much as possible.  Below are some recommended patterns:

Patterns:

  • Girdle Bugs, Golden, Coffee, #10-14
  • Golden Stones, Yellow, Brown, #12-16
  • Mayer's Mini Leech, Black, Rust, #12-14
  • Real Scud, Grey, Olive, #10-16
  • Orange Head PTails, Pheasant, Dun, #14-16
  • Peeping Caddis Jig, Chartreuse, Tan, #12-14

Jun 13, 2018

Water levels in Deckers have started to rise over the past few days and the current flow is at 78 c.f.s. While there are still plenty of visible trout to cast at, the fishing has become more challenging with the relatively low flows, warmer weather, and large number of crowds. With the temperatures climbing as the day progresses, the best fishing continues to be in the early morning hours and later in the evenings. Caddis pupa and larva are abundant and we are still seeing the occasional BWO on the water. When nymphing, be wary of larger strike indicators, use 5x or 6x fluorocarbon tippet, and stick with the smaller size #22-#24 midges. Have a variety of Pheasant Tails, Stoneflies, Baetis, Caddis, and BWOs in your flybox. Below are some of our recommended patterns that have been successful in fooling the trout.

Patterns:

  • Girdle Bugs, Coffee, Brown, Olive, #10-14
  • Putterbaugh Foam Caddis, Tan, Olive, #16-18
  • UV Emergers, Black, Brown, #20-22
  • Golden Stones, Yellow, Brown, #16-18
  • Pete's Caddis Larva, Chartreuse, #18-22
  • Big Macs, Chocolate, Black, #20-22

May 8, 2018

Signs of spring are beginning to show all along the South Platte River. The bug activity has increased dramatically over the past few weeks and the fish are enjoying the increase in multiple food sources. We are seeing a heavy emergent activity of mayflies, midges and even caddis.

The flows at Deckers have remained around 70 cfs to fill Cheesman Reservoir. While the low flows and excellent water clarity make sight fishing a breeze, these conditions also require stealthier approaches, lighter tippets (fluorocarbon), smaller flies, and longer leaders. Make sure you have plenty of weight or use tungsten beaded flies to quickly get your patterns into the fish’s feeding lanes. The best fishing has been between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. As always is the case, look for trout to be holding in the slower, deeper runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount of energy.  

Patterns:

  • Sam's Carolina Caddis, Chartreuse, #18-20
  • RH Darth Baetis, Brown, Olive, Gray, #18-22
  • Sparkle Wing RS2s, Gray, Olive, #20-24
  • Barr's BWO Emerger, Olive, #18-22
  • Sparkle Dun BWO, Olive, Dun, #20-22
  • Tactical Mayfly, Black, Olive, #18-20

Mar 9, 2018

The flows at Deckers have been between 180 and 220 c.f.s for the last two weeks. This is an ideal flow for this narrow drainage and is over double the historical average of 65 c.f.s. for this time of year.  In the past few weeks, the fishing has been steadily improving, as the air and water temperature have increased.  There are numerous people on the water (no matter what the day of the week is), so please be respectful of your fellow angler and mind the redds as the rainbows are spawning.  Decent hatches of midges and Blue Winged Olives are going off in the warmer sections, and anglers are able to fool some good-sized fish to take various dry flies and emergers in the #20-26 size range. The best fishing has been between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slower, deeper runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. The faster riffles and runs will be less productive.  Finally, make sure you have flourocarbon tippet and plenty of weight on your rigs, as most fish will be in the lower water columns.  With temperatures forecasted in the low 50's for the next several days, the fishing should continue to improve.

Patterns:

  • Sniper Baetis, Purple, Red, Black, #18-20
  • Sam's Carolina Caddis, Chartreuse, #18-20
  • Chocolate Thunders, Chocolate, #20-24
  • Thorax BWOs, Olive, Dun, #20-24
  • Girdle Bugs, Black, Coffe, Brown, #8-14
  • Mini Leeches, Black, Rust, Olive, #14-16

Dec 4, 2017

Since the Thanksgiving holiday, Deckers has benefited from an increase of flows and is currently at 138 c.f.s.  At a lower altitude than many parts of the South Platte, Deckers has warmer temperatures, less ice, less wind, but heavier crowds for winter fishing. The water is clear making sight fishing possible. Polarized glasses, long leaders, small indicators, and fluorocarbon 5x & 6x tippet are necessities this time of year. Nymphing in the morning hours is most productive with trout sporadically rising to tiny midge and BWO hatches during the warmest parts of the afternoon.  Try leading with a brightly colored fly at the top as an attractor pattern (red San Juan worm, egg pattern, orange scud, etc.) trailed by a dark midge in the #22-24 size range. A #22 or #24 Adams, BWO, or Griffith's Gnat can fool the occasional sipping trout.

Patterns:

  • Foam Back Emergers, Chocolate, Black, #20-22
  • Mercury Black Beauties, Zebra, #20-24
  • Darth Baetis, Grey, Olive, RH, #18-22
  • Rainbow Warriors, Black, Pearl, Red, #18-22
  • Sparkle Duns, Grey, Olive, #20-24
  • Griffith Gnats, Black, #20-24

Sep 20, 2017

The Deckers area of the South Platte River continues to fish well. The primary hatches are Midges, Tricos and Blue Winged Olives (BWO's). 

Pressure has been pretty heavy on the weekends along with guiding activity as many are looking to escape the chaos on the Dream Stream.

Look for Tricos hatching in the morning followed by BWO's in the afternoon. September is also a great time to fish a Hopper + Dropper combo.

Patterns:

  • Mercury Baetis, #20-24
  • Winter Baetis, #20-24
  • Epoxy Baetis, #20-24
  • Soft Hackle Hares Ear, #14-18
  • TB Jigged Prince, #14-14
  • Mini Leech, Black, Rust, #12-14

Jun 19, 2017

The entire South Platte is fishing great. It's an excellent time to be on the water!

With the recent bump in the flows the water is pretty dirty but should clear up in a day or two. Until then try your typical high water patterns line San Juan Worms, Girdle Bugs and Scuds.

In addition to Caddis we are now seeing both Trico's and a few PMD's. The fish should start keying in on them soon. This is also a great time of year to fish a Hopper + Dropper.


Patterns:

  • Girdle Bug, Yellow Stone, Coffee/Black, #6-10
  • San Juan, Pink, #12-16
  • Graphic Caddis, #16-18
  • Barrs Emerger PMD, #16-18
  • Trico Spinner Pearl Wing, #20-22

May 22, 2017

Fishing at Deckers continues to be very good. As a result the river has been pretty crowded lately with both anglers and outfitters. If fishing on the weekends you will likely need to head downstream to find some open water.

Midges, Blue Winged Olives (BWO's), and Caddis have all been active and the fish are taking notice.

Euro nymphing methods have been very effective. Stop by our shop to learn more or to check out our great selection of jig nymphs.

Dry Fly fishing in the afternoon can be great. Especially on windless, overcast days. Swinging soft hackle flies in the late morning, pre hatch can also be a great tactic this time of the year.

Patterns:

  • Pheasant Tail, Black, #20-24
  • Darth Baetis, #18-20
  • S Platte Roller, Chartreuse, #16-18
  • Graphic Caddis, Olive, #16-18
  • Foam Caddis, Tan, #16-18
  • Thorax BWO, #20-24

Apr 20, 2017

Spring is in full swing at Deckers and the fishing has been excellent. As the water temperature increases the fish become more active and move into the shallower riffles and runs to feed. Due to altitude and warmer temperatures the Deckers area of the South Platte generally leads the way in terms of hatches.

The Baetis hatches (Blue Winged Olives) have been solid and we are even starting to see some Caddis.

Dry Fly fishing can be very good in the afternoons, especially on overcast days with less wind. Try your favorite BWO imitation in size 18 to 20.

Nymphing BWO nymphs, Caddis larva, Midges, and larger patterns like Pat's Rubber Legs has also been very productive.

Don't overlook stripping or swinging streamers. With warmer temps these fish will move for a meal and takes can be explosive.

Patterns:

  • Purple Back Baetis, #20-22
  • Barr's BWO Emerger, #18-22
  • Comparadun BWO, #18-22
  • Mighty May Baetis, #18-22
  • Barr's Graphic Caddis, #16-18

Mar 29, 2017

Despite the recent fluctuation in the flows the fishing at Deckers continues to be very good.

The Blue Winged Olive hatches have been picking up in the afternoon and the fish are starting to key in on them. We have also had good luck on various Stonefly patterns.

If you're not up for nymphing try swinging some small streamers. We've had great luck with this technique over the past couple weeks. 

 

Patterns:

  • Comparadun BWO, #18-20
  • Girdle Bugs, Coffee, Olive, #10-14
  • Sniper Baetis, #18-20
  • Woolly Buggers, #10-14
  • RS2, Gray, #18-20

Feb 7, 2017

Deckers has benefited from a consistent flow of 59 c.f.s for the past several weeks, and is fishing well. This is right in line with the historic average of 55-60 c.f.s for this time of year. At a lower altitude than many parts of the South Platte, Deckers has warmer temperatures, less ice, less wind, but heavier crowds for winter fishing.

Make sure to use long leaders, small indicators, and 5x or 6x fluorocarbon tippet. Nymphing in the morning hours is most productive with trout sporadically rising to tiny midges during the warmest parts of the afternoon.

Try leading with a brightly colored fly at the top as an attractor pattern (red San Juan worm, egg pattern, orange scud, mini leech, etc.) trailed by a dark midge in the #22-26 size range. A #22 or #24 Adams, BWO, or Griffith's Gnat can fool the occasional sipping trout.

Patterns:

  • UV Midge, Black, Chocolate, #20-24
  • RS2, Gray, Black, #20-24
  • Foam Back Emerger, Olive, Chocolate, #20-24
  • Juju Baetis, Purple, #20-22
  • BH Biot Golden Stone, #14-18
  • Rubberleg Girdle Bug, Coffee, Olive, #10-14

Jan 16, 2017

Similar to the Dream and 11 Mile Canyon, Deckers is fishing great. The Midge hatches, which are occuring during the warmest part of the day are creating some fantastic fishing using emerging midge patterns. Try drowning your favorite Midge adult if you notice that fish are feeding just under the surface.  Nymph the deep slow runs, but don't neglect the seams and fast water themselves during peak feeding times.

Patterns:

  • Rojo Midge, Red, black, purple, #20-24
  • Top Secret Midge, Brown, #22-24
  • Bling Midge, Dorseys Mercury Beatis, #20-24

Dec 13, 2016

Deckers might be the most productive fishing right now on the South Platte. The flows are at 64 c.f.s, and we have heard some of our customers reporting solid days both on the river and in Cheesman Canyon. 

 The dry fly action has been somewhat unpredictable with some great BWO hatches one day, and very little the next. Nymphing is more consistent, but the flies need to be in the 20-24 sizes to have any success.

Patterns:

  • Rainbow Warriors, #22-24
  • Sparkle Wing RS2s, Olive, #20-22
  • Black Beauties, #20-24
  • Midge Adult, #20-24

Oct 1, 2016

The flows at Deckers have been above 400 for weeks; however they dropped to 367 on 10/5. The water is clear and the fishing has been good.

Try nymphing the quicker riffles and runs with a 2 fly nymph rig. Lead with a pink San Juan worm trailed by a black RS2 or Barr's BWO emerger. Remember, if fish are in fast water you can almost be certain that they are feeding. Energy in vs. Energy out.

Patterns:


Sep 1, 2016

Fishing has been sporadic at Deckers lately. Currently the flows are at 281 cfs, which is right in line with the historical average. During the morning look to nymph in the riffles and deeper pools. Later in the day, as you start to see surface activity, switch to a dry dropper.

Crowds have been heavy, especially on weekends. Caddis larva, sparkle wing RS2s, and terrestrials have all been working well. Bang the banks with an Amy's Ant using a red Copper John as a dropper. If nymphing, lead with a pink San Juan Worm trailed by a black Rs2 or Graphic Caddis.

Patterns:

  • Trico Spinner, Black, Olive, #22-24
  • RS2, Black, Gray, #20-24
  • San Juan Worms, #14-18
  • Graphic Caddis, #16-18
  • Girdle Bug, #14-16

Aug 1, 2016

The fishing at Deckers has been great. Flows are hovering around 275 cfs and the water clarity is superb. Trico hatches have been hit or miss, but you can count on seeing an emergence of PMDs and Caddis. Fish are definitely looking up, but nymphing a pink San Juan Worm followed by a black Rs2 will most likely produce more fish.

As the nymphing slows in the afternoon tie on a big hopper and a red Copper John and send it into the slow water along the banks and behind structure. If you're lucky an opportunistic trout may pounce at the chance for an afternoon meal.

Patterns:


Jul 22, 2016

Deckers/Cheeseman is at 257 cfs. Much like the other sections of the South Platte, Deckers/Cheeseman is fishing fantastic. Focus on fishing the banks and slow runs with streamers or heavy nymph rigs. Try small brown midges, soft hackles, hares ears, and San Juan worms.

An ideal nymph rig for those picky fish might be a Rainbow Warrior trailed by a Chocolate Foam Back Emerger. Either of those flies could be replaced with a Buckskin Caddis and a Graphic Caddis.

Patterns:


Jul 2, 2016

The flows at Deckers and Cheeseman are currently at 365 cfs. The fish are taking the Graphic Caddis like there never gonna eat another Caddis again. Make sure you have plenty of them in your fly box before heading out.

Try fishing a tandem nymph rig leading with a san juan worm followed by that Graphic Caddis or a Flashback Pheasant Tail.

Patterns:


Jun 7, 2016

The fishing at Deckers has been fair lately. Flows are up around 410 c.f.s. and big bugs and scuds are the name of the game. Look for fish trying to escape the faster water by fishing slow back eddies and areas close to the banks.

Try leading with a girdle bug followed by an orange scud or rainbow warrior. A hare's ear would make a great third bug if you're feeling up to fishing a triple nymph rig.

Patterns:


Apr 1, 2016

It’s Girdle Bug time at Deckers. Before you go make sure you have a few in the fly box. The flows were bumped up last week to 260 cfs and have been holding steady. Fish that Girdle Bug with an emerging Baetis like a Barr’s Emerger or JuJu Baetis trailing it. If you want to triple up try tying on an emerging midge behind the Baetis.

We recommend a brightly colored midge like a Chartreuse Juju Bee. Make sure you have your dry fly box stocked as well. The Blue Winged Olive hatches have been very productive.

Patterns:


Mar 1, 2016

Deckers is benefiting from a flow of 100 cfs, which is well above the monthly average of 55-60 cfs. Fish long leaders with 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet. Nymphing in the morning is most productive with trout sporadically rising to midges during the warmest part of the afternoon.

Try leading with a bright fly like a pink san juan worm or an egg pattern, and trailing a u.v. emerger or chocolate foam back emerger behind. A Griffiths gnat might fool the rising trout.

Patterns:


Jan 1, 2016

The flow at Deckers is 105 CFS, this is a much higher winter flow than the historic average of 55-60 CFS for this time of year. At a lower elevation than many parts of the South Platte, Deckers has warmer temperatures, less ice, less wind, but heavier crowds for winter fishing. The fishing has been inconsistent and weekend crowds make it harder to fish the deep holes where the fish are holding.

Make sure to use long leaders, small indicators, and fluorocarbon 5/6x tippet. Nymphing in the morning hours is most productive with trout sporadically rising to tiny midges during the warmest parts of the afternoon.

Patterns: