Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Overcrowded
Overcrowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 83
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: Rain Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The pressure these trout have seen over the course of winter is adding up and really making them spooky...

Current Conditions at Cheesman Canyon:

"If you can catch a trout in Cheesman Canyon then you can catch one anywhere." This has always held true, but as the river transitions from Winter to early Spring, these elusive trout are increasingly more finicky. Most feeding here remains sub-surface so Scuds, RSIIs, and Poison Tungstens are all working well on a nymph rig but size #18 BWOs are catching fish off of the surface in calm pocket water. This is the place for 6x Fluorocarbon tippet as well. Ideal flows here are about 250 cfs, so keep an eye on our 'Water Flows' tab for up to the minute reports.

Bring some warm clothes, its cold outside! Spring is the time of year to view wildlife! Look for Bald Eagles, Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys and other interesting fauna throughout the South Platte River drainage. The fish are spawning so be careful where you walk as to avoid damaging future fish populations. Better bring a big net!  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz
Length: 16 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Cheesman Canyon

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Brownish Olive

Size: 18

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Cheesman Canyon

Fly: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 18
Time: 
Blue Winged Olive Blue Winged Olive
Fly: Rs2 Emerger
Color: Blackish
Size: 20
Time: 
Rs2 Emerger Rs2 Emerger
Fly: Poison Tung
Color: Purpleish Black
Size: 20
Time: 
Poison Tung Poison Tung

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late March

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

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: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
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 

Stoneflies

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 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Cheesman Canyon

Current: 28 °F Sunny Wind: 6 MPH ENE
Current Condtions

Sunny

Temperature: 28 °F
Humidity: 93%
Wind: 6 mph ENE
Pressure: 14.79 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Heavy snow<br/> High: 36 °F  <br/>Low: 14 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph E
Heavy snow
High: 36 °F
Low: 14 °F
Wind: 9 mph E
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 51 °F  <br/>Low: 23 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SW
Sunny
High: 51 °F
Low: 23 °F
Wind: 5 mph SW
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light rain<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 26 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph SSW
Light rain
High: 40 °F
Low: 26 °F
Wind: 7 mph SSW