Cheesman Canyon

Well, if you want to fish right now Cheesman is not to shabby. I hit it yesterday and put my first cast in @ 1015. The parking lot had 5 cars and the river was almost vacant when I started. The fish are hangen in the deep pools and slow runs, typical winter holding patterns, but are actively feeding. Very small patterns size 22 and up were key. After talking to some guys on their hike out they agreed. I was using PBR’s and red hot’s. The rainbow warrior is a good choice as well. There was a lot of midge activity and you could see big Rainbows taking emergers. I hooked into two, yes two, suckers from a deep slow run. They almost went belly up right away and put up little to no fight. On a side note, When the fishing is slow sit and take a minute just to watch the trout move and feed. It is interesting to see the behavior we sometimes miss.

Cheesman Canyon Fly Fishing

We Got to the parking area about 10a.m. and hiked midway up the canyon bypassing the early riser fisherman. The temperature grew hot quickly and it seemed to put the fish down in the mid afternoon. Water temps stayed about 50 F. and the flows were a good 150. Brett from the Windy Saddle killed it today nymphing deep with Barr’s Graphic Caddis and trailed various mayfly nymphs. Blue wing olive’s were emerging and Stonefly husks were present on the shore. (We saw little to no top water feeding all day) After taking samples we discovered how numerous the Golden Stones were! The only downside today was the constant battle with the wind that seemed to only stop when I was untangling line or tying on a new fly! Get your Caddis box out and grab some Golden stones size 6-10, BWO’s dry and nymphs, and some extra weight for those deep pockets.