River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 108 cfs
River Statistics:
»11 Mile Canyon
Current:   108 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   107 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   107 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   107 cfs
Gage Height:   1.49 ft

Cheeseman Canyon
Current:   168 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   170 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   170 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   170 cfs
Gage Height:   1.27 ft

Dream Stream
Current:   106 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   106 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   106 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   106 cfs
Gage Height:   1.08 ft

Fishing in the Splatte has been at times tough, and at times outstanding, over the past few weeks -- this is to be expected as we hit the December - early March time of year when overnight lows really knock back the insect life. That being said, flows are higher than average throughout the drainage, which is pretty much always a good thing for us trout anglers. This does mean you'll need plenty of weight on your rig when nymphing the deep, prime-looking lies, however, as the fish in here often won't move as much in the water column during the winter. Recent outings to the Cheesman Canyon tailwater have experienced great fishing, primarily with midges on nymph rigs bumping bottom, but narrow windows of opportunity between roughly 8 - 10:30 AM, and again from around 2:30 - 4:30 PM, with productivity dropping as the midday sun gets high in the sky. Dry fly fishing as usual for December will be mainly small BWOs and Midges on longer leaders; a good rig if you see fish coming up would be leading with an Extended Body BWO in #18-20, or a Griffith's Gnat in the same size range, and dropping to a tiny midge or emerger such as a Sprout Midge, Para Midge, or RS2 in #22-26. Productive bugs on the nymph rig have been Red Larvae, Zebras in red and black, Top Secrets, Tailwater Tiny, RS2s, Black Beauties, Don King Midge, etc. If you do see fish holding in front of boulders, in somewhat faster water, etc., with the flows still somewhat high, try putting a soft hackle emerger in their face if they're being choosy as some subtle movement is sometimes irresistible. Eleven Mile Canyon has fished great on similar nymph rig setups to what has been producing in the Cheese.

Report Updated On: 12/28/2017
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