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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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Steve Schweitzer

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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.

Images for this day's 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
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Local praise - Circa 2002: The locals praised the support and efforts of the firefighting crews in saving their forest and houses.
Local praise
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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
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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.
Signs
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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
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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.
Closed
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Ash and charcoal - Circa 2002: Piles of ash and charcoal scattered with the high winds and swiftly moving fires.
Ash and charcoal
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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.
Irony
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Kollin wading - Kollin keeps his knees upstream as he crosses the river in search of more fishy water.
Kollin wading
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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
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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
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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
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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
 

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

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