Decker’s and Cheesman Canyon Update

 

Good Evening,

     Wow! What a joy it is to be able to actually sit down and write a blog!  After a log six months of intense planning and cooking, I’m finally off the clock! Now that I’ve got the time to fish daily, my goal is to update you as much as possible on all the current river and fishing conditions , all winter long! If you’re not already aware, you can always see the current flow of the South Platte, through Decker’s and Trumbull, on the home page of the this very website. So, with all the excuses and promises out of the way, let’s get to reason your here, the fishing!  Flows of the South Platte, below Cheesman Dam, have been holding in the upper 50’s, to mid 60’s CFS. If you only fish the South Platte during Spring and Summer, you may think these are low, but these are average for this time of year. The water is crystal clear and the fishing has been solid. The blue wing and midge hatches have been coming off around 10:30, along with a few remaining tricos. After receiving a couple of snow storms and few deep freezes, I thought we had seen the last of the Hoppers, but to my surprise I did rather well yesterday in the Canyon, with an Olive Chubby Cherynoble, trailing a BWO.  I was regularly catching fish with this combination, on both bugs! As we move further into the winter fishing season in Decker’s and the Canyon, the crowds subside, the days are shorter, but the fishing can be lights out! Smaller bugs, lighter tippet, and a stealth approach will put fish in the net!  When the fish aren’t rising, I’ve been finding myself focusing on the drop-offs, riffles, and faster moving water, having great success leading with an egg pattern or leech. Another great opportunity to catch some pretty aggressive fish, has been to work a streamer, such as an olive or black Wooley Bugger, along the moss beds that are recently exposed with the lower flows. You have to cover lots of water with this method, but it can be very productive. Well, that’s it for now folks! Now that I’ve got some time on a daily basis to get into the river, my goal is to blog at least twice a week, keeping you up do date as possible! Until next time, have a great day and I hope to see you on the river soon!

Chef Chris