Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 32-35 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 59
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Cheesman Canyon is flowing at 59.5 CFS and fishing has been fair to great! Look for the fish to be on midges and micro mayflies. Get out and fish!

Current Conditions at Cheesman Canyon:

Sight fishing opportunities in the "Canyon" have been fair to good. It is a nymph fisherman's game right now with longer leaders and 9 foot plus 5x-7x tippets needed for fooling wary Rocky Mountain Trout. Our guides have been killing it on Black Beauty's, Rojo Middges, and JuJuBee Midges hook size 20-24.

It is cold in Denver, Colorado the fishing has been good but make sure to have a warm hat and a good pair of gloves. No need to be on the water early, wait for the sun to come up in order to warm up the water temperature. Fishing has been best from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fly fishing trips have been catching lots of trout. The fish are feeding mostly on midges during the midday hatch hours. Make sure you are getting a good drag free drift in order to hook fish. Tiny tippets and small midge and mayfly patterns are hooking the most fish. Try nymph fishing with different styles and sizes of midge patterns. Try a tandem nymph rig. Use three different midge patters. Try a black Zebra Midge (size 20-24) or a Money Midge (size 20-24). An egg makes a great point fly during the winter months. Use a bright colored but small San Juan worm in red or pink to help you see where your flies are drifting. The fish are pooled up right now. Look for fish holding in the slowest and deepest runs and holes in the river. Fly fishing reports are good. The fish are eating midges and we are even seeing the occasional rise to an adult midge. To imitate a midge cluster try using a Griffith’s Gnat (size 18-24). Look for fish rising during the warmest part of the day. The low and clear winter water makes for excellent sight fishing conditions. Make sure bring a quality pair of glasses to cut the glare from the snow and sun. The winter fly fishing in Colorado is great. Spring is around the corner and it looks like it is going to be another superb Colorado fly fishing season.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 32-35 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz
Length: 21 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Cheesman Canyon

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Micro Black Midge

Color: Blackish Purple

Size: 22

Time: PM

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time: AM

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Chocolate Brown Midge

Color: Chocolate

Size: 24

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Cheesman Canyon

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: AM
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Chocolate
Size: 24
Time: PM
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Fly: Griffith's Gnat
Color: Purplish Black
Size: 20
Time: PM
Griffith's Gnat Griffith's Gnat

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late February


Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Weather for Cheesman Canyon

Current: 32 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 21 MPH SW
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 32 °F
Humidity: 40%
Wind: 21 mph SW
Pressure: 14.84 psi
Cloud Cover: 75%
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 57 °F  <br/>Low: 40 °F <br/> Wind: 16 mph W
High: 57 °F
Low: 40 °F
Wind: 16 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 58 °F  <br/>Low: 32 °F <br/> Wind: 17 mph WSW
High: 58 °F
Low: 32 °F
Wind: 17 mph WSW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate or heavy snow with thunder<br/> High: 43 °F  <br/>Low: 20 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph NNE
Moderate or heavy snow with thunder
High: 43 °F
Low: 20 °F
Wind: 9 mph NNE