Cheesman Canyon podcast

Colorado's white winters shouldn't give you the blues! Follow GFF partner Steve Schweitzer as he and his family fish the snowy Cheesman Canyon.

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Today, my family and I decided to drive a few hours to the Cheesman Canyon to hike in and fish the South Platte River. My step-son Kollin (13) is really getting into flyfishing and it is time he got a chance at some big fish. While catching a few fish this day, I discuss a variety of topics including kids fishing, the four plights of the South Platte River, my perfect casting(!), my on-air hat idea, and why GFF has over-glorified the fishing gods. After relaxing streamside with a cup of hot cocoa, we decided to walk out of the canyon and hit a local establishment in Castle Rock, CO to listen to a good friends band play. I include a special number from The Front Street Blues Band at the end of the podcast.

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Fire trucks and emergency response vehicles - Circa 2002: the fire trucks and emergency response vehicles line up in preparation for stopping the fire from skipping the road and burning habitated woods.
Fire trucks and emergency response vehicles
Local praise - Circa 2002: The locals praised the support and efforts of the firefighting crews in saving their forest and houses.
Local praise
The South Platte River - Circa 2002: The South Platte River runs grey from the silt, ash and charcoal embers. The banks were lined with black charcoal up to an inch in diameter.
The South Platte River
Signs - Circa 2002: The little road stop of Deckers, Colorado, complete with convenience store and flyshop, even displayed their support by signing a banner sponsored by Budweiser.
War wounds - Circa 2002: The roadside trees display their war-wounds of being torched by the rapidly advancing fire wall.  Fortunately, these trees survived the fires and will live on.
War wounds
Closed - Circa 2002: No entry!  Access to the South Platte River and Cheesman Canyon was closed for nearly a year before the river could be fished again.
Ash and charcoal - Circa 2002: Piles of ash and charcoal scattered with the high winds and swiftly moving fires.
Ash and charcoal
Irony - Circa 2002: Irony at its best. Only a few miles from the fire line stands a sign warning forest users to help prevent forest fires.
Kollin wading - Kollin keeps his knees upstream as he crosses the river in search of more fishy water.
Kollin wading
Cougar print - The South Platte River in Cheesman Canyon not only holds big fish and deer, but also black bear and cougar.  Here is a print of a small cougar that was just hours ahead of me on the bank of the South Platte
Cougar print
Enjoying some hot cocoa  - My wife, Kerry and step-son Kollin enjoy some hot cocoa as the sun sets over the canyon walls, making the air chilly and the water dark.
Enjoying some hot cocoa
Map board  - On the way out, Kollin looks at the Cheesman Canyon River Map board to see where he caught his fish today.
Map board
Dark comes early - Dark comes early in the winter months in Colorado.  Fishing much past 4 or 4:30pm makes for a cold evening\'s walk out
Dark comes early

Published December 2nd 2007
Duration 54 minutes and 52 seconds
File size 50.26 Mb

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