River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 91 cfs
River Statistics:
»11 Mile Canyon
Current:   91 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   88 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   85 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   92 cfs
Gage Height:   1.34 ft

Cheeseman Canyon
Current:   198 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   198 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   198 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   198 cfs
Gage Height:   1.42 ft

Dream Stream
Current:   86 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   84 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   84 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   92 cfs
Gage Height:   0.97 ft

The South Platte is running at an awesome flow for the fish to be comfortable in both the faster water and the slower, deep stuff, depending on the time of day and conditions. Flies that have produced the best in the canyon recently have been basically anything small -- think midges such as Zebras, Don Kings, Top Secrets, Mercury Black Beauties, etc., in #22-24. Recent guides on personal fishing trips have seen the canyon at prime bugginess. PMDs, caddis, stones, hoppers on warm days, tricos, and of course midges have all been out. As usual at this flow and lower, 6x fluorocarbon is a good idea to maximize hook ups, although it does make playing and landing the bigger ones a challenge. These fish tend to be very adept at using structure and flow to their advantage in trying to throw the hook, so make sure to stay on top of them during the fight. Nymphing/technical dry fly fishing will of course always be the go-to here, so standard rigs for this time of year will definitely be your best bet for numbers. 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 PMD #18-22, Para Adams #18-22, Griffiths Gnat #18-22, Matt's Midge #20-22, and Smokejumpers #18-22. When nymphing, a heavy tung bead caddis larva, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail, or Two-Bit Hooker on point dropping to a sz 20-22 Top Secret Midge or a sz 20-22 Copper Ribbed Foam Back RS2 can be a deadly nymphing setup at both Cheesman and Deckers, with plenty of fish coming to the small midge even with flows up.

Report Updated On: 09/20/2017
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