River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 364 cfs
River Statistics:
»11 Mile Canyon
Current:   364 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   368 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   375 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   387 cfs
Gage Height:   3.08 ft

Cheeseman Canyon
Current:   485 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   488 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   491 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   494 cfs
Gage Height:   2.44 ft

Dream Stream
Current:   251 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   253 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   264 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   271 cfs
Gage Height:   1.8 ft

The flows have finally bumped at the Cheese, and recent reports indicate that it is fishing accordingly. Instead of needing to throw #20-24 midge and BWO patterns on 6x tippet, flows north of the 200-300 CFS range mean fish will grab bigger patterns, and 5x fluorocarbon will generally get the job done great. Another bonus many anglers seem to notice about the South Platte at this time of the year is that fish seem a bit more willing to move and "come to the fly" in the water column, in comparison to other tailwaters like the Blue. This also means opportunities for some excellent sight fishing and dry fly fishing -- when throwing dries, it's always a good idea to lengthen the leader a bit. On warm days, try a Dave's Hopper or a smaller Elk Hair caddis, and drop a small sz 18-20 RS2 or other emerger/micro dry such as a Para extended body BWO #18-22, Para Adams #18-22, Griffiths Gnat #18-22, Matt's Midge #20-22, and Smokejumpers BWO #18-22. Though the dry fly action can be exciting, nymph rigs as a rule are the best bet for numbers at Cheesman/Deckers. A heavy tung bead caddis larva or Two-Bit Hooker on point dropping to a sz 20-22 Top Secret Midge, or a #14-20 scud, can be a deadly nymphing setup at both Cheesman and Deckers, with plenty of fish coming to the small midge even with flows up. When fishing the Platte, I like to start with as little weight on the rig as I think I can get away with, and progressively go deeper with the flies as needed if the fish aren't moving up in the water column. The Dream Stream has dwindled in its production of large lake-run fish, but there is always a possibility for them. Leeches, eggs, worms, and baetis nymphs are a good rig up there. Look for the caddis, hoppers, and terrestrials to work on the upper sections of the South Platte above Antero.

Report Updated On: 06/28/2017
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