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Trouts Journal

Late June - Fishing Report for Cheesman Canyon

Ivan Orsic / Jun 30, 2014

The South Platte River below the Cheesman Reservoir is still a little high but extremely productive at the end of June. Cody and I took a trip up to Cheesman Canyon yesterday and fished for most of the afternoon. When we fished the river the water was at 520 cfs but the clarity was excellent and we could see fish moving around as we hiked. After hiking for about an hour, we scoped out a few holes and decided to pull our Sage fly rods out to try our luck.

We both set up our nymph rigs with San Juan worms and various Beatis patterns. We saw a short caddis hatch in the late afternoon between 4:00 - 6:00 but didn’t see much surface activity during or after. We ran into quite a few rainbow and brown trout throughout the afternoon, many taking off into the current or jumping into the air immediately to shake the hook. Cheeseman Canyon can be a challenge, but the majestic views and towering canyon walls always make for an awesome adventure. If you’ve never fished the Canyon, it’s only about two hours away from Denver and well worth the short hike in from the parking lot. If you fish up until dusk, make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife on your drive home, we passed quite a few deer.

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