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Flows below Cheesman Canyon have remained at a pretty healthy near-average level. Primary hatches, as usual for this time of year, have been midges, tricos, and BWO. You may see some lingering summer bugs -- caddis, hoppers and other terrestrials, sallies, etc. -- in the first half of October on warm afternoons, but we've definitely transitioned to it being all about those smaller tailwater bugs. Tricos will come off once the air temp warms sufficiently in the fall, and this will lead to good surface fishing with small dries on light tippet, assuming you can dial in the bug that the fish are wanting. After a solid trico hatch and throughout the rest of the day, a drowned trico or RS2 is a great fly to have on the rig. If the fish are keying in on those impossible-to-see sz #22-24 duns and spinners, lead with something like a high-vis #18-20 para adams or sparkle dun that the fish won't necessarily eat, but that also probably won't put them off at all, and trail about 20" to your big-ticket offering of a more realistic dun, spinner, emerger, etc, or whatever the fish seem to be wanting/seems to be working. This sort of technique works great on any sort of small mayfly, whether tricos or BWO, or even midge hatch. Flows are also looking very healthy right now up at 11 Mile and the Dream Stream. Reports are that some nice browns are already being caught at the Dream. Nymph similar bugs at 11 Mile to what you'll be using down at Deckers and Cheesman -- midges like the Top Secret and Black Beauty and mayflies like the Biot Mayfly Emerger and the JuJuBaetis will always do some damage in this canyon, as will attractor bugs like worms and leeches. For best conditions at the Dream (meaning lack of peoples) try to get out on weekdays during which the weather is bad enough to scare some folks off.

Report Updated On: 10/03/2018
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