The South Platte River below Cheesman Reservoir offers challenging western tailwater fly fishing at its finest. Beautiful scenery and big fish are what most people think of when “The Platte” is mentioned.
Designated “Gold Medal Water” by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Cheesman Canyon offers the opportunity to catch huge rainbow and brown trout. Although a long hike into the canyon is required, the rewards are worth it with beautiful canyon scenery and big fish lining the river bottom.
Fishing downstream from the canyon near the towns of Deckers and Trumbull can also be just as rewarding without the long hike to the water. Brown and rainbow trout up to 10 pounds are rare, but not out of the question. Riffles, pools, back eddies, and many other river characteristics make up this section of the river.
Weekends can see an increase in angling pressure, so booking a weekday trip is a great way to beat the crowds . The South Platte fishes well year round with the best dry fly action from April through October. Half day guided trips are available at Deckers and Trumbull.