June 21, 2018 Fishing Report for Cheesman Canyon/Decker’s


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Good Afternoon!

      Welcome back folks! Sorry it’s been a bit since the last blog post, been a little busy doing planning and cooking meals between fishing outings! Just to let you know, I do post the daily fishing conditions each day on my Facebook page for the website. Each morning, usually by 8am or so, I have a picture of the canyon posted, along with the current river temp and flow! Ok, with that out of the way, let’s get you caught up on the conditions in the Canyon and in Decker’s/Trumbull.  After what seemed like an eternity, with flows at levels below 50 cfs,  we finally saw a small increase, as the reservoir had finally reached it’s capacity. Currently, we’re at 105 cfs below the dam, similar flow through Decker’s, with a slight decrease downstream through Trumbull, at 90 cfs.  We’re starting to see some pretty big Trico hatches in the early morning hours, with small midges and some PMD’S. If you’ve been following along with my blogging, you’ve probably figured out that I am a Chef. I have the luxury of living and cooking at the Wigwam Club, which gives me convenient and frequent access to the Canyon. So, as I make this my home for about seven months out of the year, I will try to give you as much up to date information that I can possibly gather, while performing my duties at the club!  Ok, with that being said, let’s get back to what’s been working for me lately! As I tend to head out to the canyon each morning for about an hour or so, I’ve been working either the Hopper-dropper rig from the evening before, or I’m switching over to a nymph rig, depending on what I’m seeing when I hit the river. Right now, the Hoppers are really doing the trick! Amy’s Ants, Chubby Cherynobl, Grasshoppers, and Beetles! Underneath I’ve had quite a bit of success with several different bugs! As an attractor, I’ve stuck with the leech, stone fly, pat’s rubber legs, tan or red San Juan Worm, and even a black or olive Wooley Bugger! Trailing behind those I’ve used about a dozen other bugs that have all taken fish, including green and orange Scuds, bead-headed pheasant tails, caddis larva, RS-2’s, juju baetis(done well with purple), two-bit hookers, red and black copper john’s, and without a doubt, the number one fish catcher of all time for me in the Canyon, the Grey, Sparkle-Wing RS-2.  With the lower flows and crystal clear water, the ability to sight fish the canyon is key right now. Be sure to cover plenty of water and look for actively feeding fish. If the fish aren’t actively taking the hopper, try dropping a small pheasant tail or another small midge behind, just dropping below the surface film. That’s all for now folks! Hope to see you out there on the river soon!

Chef Chris