Oct.7, Daily Update

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Hi there Folks!

Weather conditions are great, the fishing has been up and down for me the last couple of days. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time shooting pictures and watching fish, but not so much catching for me lately! I spent another day today in the Cheesman Canyon, this time taking the upper trail and hiking all the way down to the base of the dam. This was a pretty vigorous hike that takes about an hour to get you in, and about an hour and a half to get you out. With steep climbs and descents, I would say this is an easy 2,000-2,500 foot elevation climb, after both directions. For a beautiful Friday in the South Platte valley, there was not another soul on the trail or in the upper trail head parking lot. Decker’s has been seeing fewer Anglers during the early weekdays, with pretty good traffic on the weekends, as the weather has been fantastic. Clarity is good, not much moss, with flows in Decker’s/Trumbull at 321, with the flow below Cheesman Dam, at 311. The weekend forecast looks great, with temps in the low 60’s, and plenty of sunshine. Our day in the Canyon was pretty humbling, I must say. All I had as far as strike went, was two big bow’s that came up on a wooley-bugger, as I made one last attempt to get a fish to remotely show some interest in what I had to offer.  After being denied the fish fruits of the three hours of hiking, we returned home to Trumbull, to be each rewarded with a fish within the first five minutes of fishing! We both were using a foam back, chocolate thunder.

With this being my first trip this far up to the dam itself, I was thankful  and happy to finally be standing at the base of one of most pivotal and controversial environmental wonders of the west, which happens to be basically in my back yard! The Cheesman Reservoir and Dam. Please visit the website link here for more information on this truly wonderful feat of engineering. http://www.denverwater.org/Recreation/Cheesman/. I hope you enjoy the photos I took today and I look forward to seeing you on the river! Until next time, have a great evening!

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