Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Overcast Flow: 418
Wind: None Clarity: Stained
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: Water has been running high but fish can still be found

Current Conditions at Cheesman Canyon:

Flows have been jumpy lately and fish are a bit displaced. Nymphing low and slow in softer seems and pockets were fish can hold easily is the way to go. With high water depth is crucial, so make sure those flies are getting down into feeding lanes. Leeches, worms, and larger PT's are great offerings right now. Be sure to fish close to the bank first, before wading into the water, lots of fish have began to push more towards the banks and out of the faster current.

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. Fly fishing reports have been fair to good. Despite high water along the Front Range, The South Platte has been fishing very well and most of the flows are at manageable and very fishable levels.  The fishing is fair.  Overcast skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Stained.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz
Length: 18 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Cheesman Canyon

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 20

Time: PM

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Little Plain Brown Sedge

Color: Brown

Size: 16

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Cheesman Canyon

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Bunney Leech
Color: Olive
Size: 16
Time: All Day
Bunney Leech Bunney Leech
Fly: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Color: Brown
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

Insects: Little Sister Sedge
Color: Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Afternoon & Evening
Size: 14-16
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 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
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 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
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: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Current Conditions

Rain
Currently: Light Rain
Temperature:  37 F
Temp Max:  43 F
Temp Min:  30 F
Humidity: 77%
Wind: 26 NNW mph
Pressure: 1001
Snow Tuesday 9:00PM — 24 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 21 and 24 .
Wind: 4 WNW mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 0.062 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Wednesday 6:00AM — 21 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 20 and 21 .
Wind: 17 W mph; Humidity: 89%; 
Clear Wednesday 9:00AM — 36 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 3 SW mph; Humidity: 70%; 
Snow Wednesday 12:00PM — 38 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 38 and 38 .
Wind: 8 SE mph; Humidity: 75%;  Snow: 1.625 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 3:00PM — 36 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 9 E mph; Humidity: 82%;  Snow: 3.75 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 6:00PM — 34 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 12 E mph; Humidity: 95%;  Snow: 2.938 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 9:00PM — 30 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 9 E mph; Humidity: 99%;  Snow: 1.25 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 6:00AM — 28 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 28 and 28 .
Wind: 11 ESE mph; Humidity: 98%;  Snow: 0.437 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 9:00AM — 29 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 29 and 29 .
Wind: 14 ESE mph; Humidity: 97%;  Snow: 0.875 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 12:00PM — 33 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 20 ESE mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 0.687 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 3:00PM — 35 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 35 and 35 .
Wind: 15 SSE mph; Humidity: 95%;  Snow: 5.875 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 6:00PM — 36 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 20 S mph; Humidity: 94%;  Snow: 5.375 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Thursday 9:00PM — 29 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 29 and 29 .
Wind: 23 WSW mph; Humidity: 78%; 
Clear Friday 6:00AM — 22 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 22 and 22 .
Wind: 22 W mph; Humidity: 84%;