Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 40-43 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 94
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Cheesman is living up to its reputation of good fishing

Current Conditions at Cheesman Canyon:

With a recent bump in flows fish have moved slightly out of traditional feeding lanes. Flies like leeches and small worms are great choices the first couple days after an increase in CFS. Allow the fly to swing slighlty, sometimes the extra movement will trigger a strike. Common tailwater favorites are also producing eats, such as RS2s, Black beautys, and other midge patterns. Still focus your fishing towards the warmest part of the day, spring is in the air but not all the way here.

The fishing is great but the crowds close to Denver are thick! It is still cold outside but the river is flowing well and we are catching good numbers of fish. The fly fishing is on! Try smaller midge and mayfly patterns.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 40-43 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Cheesman Canyon

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)

Color: Greenish Brown

Size: 22

Time: PM

Insect Type: Terrestrial

Insect: Dog Day Cicadas

Color:

Size:

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Cheesman Canyon

Fly: Buckskin Worm
Color: Whitish
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Buckskin Worm Buckskin Worm
Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brownish
Size: 22
Time: All Day
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Fly: Pheasant Tail
Color: Brownish
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Pheasant Tail Pheasant Tail

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 


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