Fly Fishing Colorado: Cheesman Canyon - South Platte River
One of the Crown Jewels of Colorado when it comes to fly fishing is the Cheesman Canyon are of the South Platte River located near the town of Deckers, Colorado. The beautiful scenery not to mention the incredible fly fishing makes this place a special one for many anglers.
Fishing in Cheesman Canyon can be a rewarding experience as the trout are smart so you "A" game is required. The amount of anglers and flies these fish see is pretty amazing.
Cheesman Canyon is a year-round fishery, being a tailwater, the water does not freeze up in the winter which is nice as most freestone streams in Colorado are frozen solid during the winter months.
Hatches in the winter are mostly midges with the occasional Blue Wing Olive appearing but not often. During the summer months you will see great hatches of PMD's, Caddis as well as Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and of course midges. Fall brings some of the best fishing with the tiny Blue Wing Olives known as Pseudocleons. These hatches can be epic a times and a real blast to fish. You heart will stop a beat when you see a 20+ inch trout eating with reckless abandonment on the surface.
Jim Cannon of the Blue Quill Angler states “…anytime is the right time to fish Cheesman Canyon, it can be fished all year”. The boulder-filled Chesman Canyon section of the South Platte River is considered by many to be one of the most pristine fisheries in the world.
In 1976, it became the first section of river in Colorado to be protected with catch and release regulations. The Canyon is an unforgettable fly fishing experience. A roughly 1.5 mile hike from the parking lot to the river’s edge presents the angler with three miles of beautiful canyon with Bald Eagles a flight, a river filled with enormous boulders and superb river banks to fish. It is a perfect day trip alone, with family or fishing buddies.
This three-mile section is fished most successfully with nymphs and anglers can expect to catch large rainbows and good-sized browns within the close company of other fisherman. The Canyon is best fished on overcast days with good presentation only 2 or 3” away from the fish’s nose. It has been said “if you can catch fish in The Canyon, you can catch them anywhere”.
The best reviews from our clients come in the spring and fall when blue-winged olives start to show themselves on a regular basis (late March through late May and early September through November). Flows are perfect that time of year from 100-300 cfs”.
If you are planning a trip to Colorado and fly fishing is on your list, make Cheesman Canyon a destination for sure. The Blue Quill Angler offers full day trips only into the Cheesman and it will be a trip you will remember for a lifetime!!!
For more information of Chesman Canyon or to book a guided trip, give us a call at 800-435-5353