Wednesday, November 16, 2011

South Platte, Cheeseman Canyon, Co

Here's another blast from the past!

Date: Saturday April 2, 2011
Weather: Sunny in the mid 50's
Insect/Activity: Very little
Patterns Used: Blacktail Baetis, AB Tungsten Hare's Ear, Grey Midge Pupa
Flows: 75

Michelle strikes again! Really, a flawless brown ... amazing.
I've got a pretty good stock of these back-logged posts I need to catch up on, so you'll definitely see these popping into my blog from time to time :-) To make it easy on the reader, and my memory, they'll probably be photo heavy. Enjoy!

After the learning from my "upstream" mistakes of the past on the Cheeseman Canyon, Michelle and I were faced with the prospect of another late winter/early spring day with great weather. We took it. This time we stayed in the lower water of the Canyon and it paid off.

We had one of those glorious days where somehow the wind wasn't howling in April, and the temps allowed us to strip down to a light long sleeve shirt. The bug activity was lacking, but in Cheeseman Canyon there are always fish feeding on baetis and midge that are idling down the river. So, we fished one of my favorite low water rigs: 7x, micro indicator, micro splitshot and a #24 grey midge or #20 blacktail baetis.

-Tight Lines!

This rainbow also happened to be one of the most pristine, beautifully colored fish I've ever caught. Then again, I think I've said that about a lot of trout!

Another great photo of the same rainbow!


  1. Sounds like a good trip,,, Looking forward to the next 7 months of past reports.

  2. Gorgeous fish! Great blog, you got a new follower!

  3. Fly fishing may well be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports well pretty good stock of these back-logged posts1

  4. Hey Bigerrfish - yeah, I'm hoping to get caught up on all of them in a few weeks. You'll be psyched on our trip to the Black Canyon. Me and a few buddies got down there over Labor Day and had a fantastic time! Been loving your posts too! Always good to see how things are on the West Slope

  5. Pretty cool flawless brown fish. Best of luck and hope you caught up all fishes as you said.