South Platte: Cheesman Canyon
Weekly Overview from FlyCastUSA.com:
January 20, 2020
Flows in Cheesman Canyon last week were on the move. They dropped by roughly 30 cfs for a few days before jumping back to the 160 cfs range. Trout maintained their usual winter holding positions but took full advantage of the dam release by feeding on scuds and larger searcher patterns. If you’re in the canyon early this week, make sure to have some pink/green scuds, worms, Mercury Pheasant Tails and Guides Choice Hares Ears on hand. These are great lead patterns if you can’t get their attention with a double midge setup. Aside from those patterns, Bling Midges, Blood Midges, Manhattan Midges, Black Beauties, Mercury Midges and Top Secrets will all get the job done. On days with temps below freezing, focus primarily on midge larva imitations. When afternoon temps rise above freezing, pupa patterns are highly productive trailer flies.
Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday
Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr’s Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.
Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24).
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