Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Top Secret Midges, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, # 16 Graphic Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14 San Juan Worm, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun (BWO and PMD), #20 Stalcup's CDC Biot Comparadun (Trico and PMD), #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.
Colorado Fly Fishing Report for Deckers on the South Platte by Pat Dorsey
The mileage below Cheesman Canyon is the renowned Deckers area, a world-class fishery with easy access and lots of opportunity. The best fishing is from Bridge Crossing to the lower boundary of the Tee Pee Club. Like Cheesman Canyon, the fish are challenging to catch, and there is no substitution for a good dead drift. Deckers can offer good dry fly fishing at times but like upstream in the “The Canyon” a good nympher will catch the majority of fish. Anglers can expect to catch assortment of browns and rainbows with some exceeding 20 inches. The river is made up of riffles, runs, shelves and gravel bars, and nice pocket water. The ideal flow for Deckers is between 150 and 400 cfs. The regulations are two trout over 16 inches in length and flies and lures only. Please consider catch and release on all fish caught in the area.
Deckers is a world-renowned stretch of the South Platte River. There are miles of public water to fish in and around the hamlet of Deckers.
Tips & Other Information:
Flows in the “Deckers area” have been stable for the past two weeks as Denver Water is matching incoming flows for their outflows. The good news is that Cheesman Reservoir is staying full, currently it is at 98% capacity! Denver Water is sending water via the North Fork of the South Platte through the Roberts Tunnel to meet downstream demand. Dillon Reservoir is dropping fast, in fact; it’s down to 93% capacity, so look for Denver Water to begin relying on Cheesman’s storage soon. Anglers should prepare themselves for excellent a.m. midge hatches followed by strong mid day PMD hatches. Later in the afternoon, blue-winged olives make their presence known and the fish key on Baetis nymphs for two hours. In the slower pools and tailouts, savvy dry fly enthusiasts are finding some nice fish rising to “olives.” It’s hard to go wrong with a Mathew’s Sparkle Dun for these surface feeders.