Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 32-35 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 54
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Winter fishing in Cheesman Canyon is certainly a challenge but the rewards make it worth it

Current Conditions at Cheesman Canyon:

Small flies and small tippet are the way to go up here. You'll see a trout rise here or there but by and large the feeding is taking place sub-surface so keep the nymph box ready to go. Small dark green scuds worked well as a lead fly, trailed by a blackish #20 poison tungsten, and then a #22 black beauty. Other patterns that have worked well for us have been #20 juju baetis, #22 miracle midges, #22 manhattan midges, and #24 mercury RSIIs. The fishing is significantly better in the lower canyon than up further towards the reservoir.

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. Make sure you are getting a good drag free drift in order to hook fish.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 32-35 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 1 lbs 0 oz
Length: 14 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Cheesman Canyon

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge




Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)




Recommended Flies for Cheesman Canyon

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Scud
Color: Dark Olive
Size: 20
Scud Scud
Fly: Juju Baetis
Color: Purpleish Black
Size: 20
Juju Baetis Juju Baetis

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late January


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 

Current Conditions

Currently: Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 33.1 F (0.6 C)
Feels Like: 33 F (1 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 76%
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.19
UV: 0.0
partlycloudy Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper 20s.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: Partly cloudy early with increasing clouds overnight. Low 29F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
partlycloudy Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 54F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_clear Sunday Night: Mainly clear skies. Low 33F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
snow Monday: Sunny skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies with a mixture of light rain and snow developing in the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
nt_snow Monday Night: Cloudy with rain and snow in the evening, becoming all snow late. Low around 20F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
snow Tuesday: Snow showers early. Peeks of sunshine later. High 29F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
nt_partlycloudy Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 11F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.