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Deckers – South Platte

Angler fly fishing in the South Platte River at Deckers with wooded background and blue sky

14 Day Forecast:  Look for hatches of midges, PMD's, and caddis

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt's Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Blue Dun, #20-22 Blue Quill, and #20-24 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 are low considering the time of year. The South Platte at Deckers is currently running at about 94 cfs, as the tributaries are adding some additional water. Cheesman Reservoir is 18,000 Acre Feet from full pool (75% full), so expect low flows for a while. The good news is Spinney Reservoir is full, Eleven Mile Reservoir is at 103 percent, and Tarryall Creek is dumping in 120 cfs  into the South Platte above Cheesman Reservoir.  Currently inflows are about 450 cfs, which is great news. In the mean time, anglers can plan on good fishing despite the low water.  Look for strong hatches of midges, sporadic BWO’s, PMD’s, and excellent caddis. The caddis fishing has been something to talk about lately. The South Platte trout are feasting on caddis pupae as well as adults in riffled water. Its hard to go wrong with Graphic Caddis and Elk Hair Caddis to match the hatch. Water temps have been in the mid 40’s during the morning, but rising quickly the low 60’s mid afternoon. Please pinch your barbs and release the trout quickly. Keep them in water as much as possible and try to keep your photos (especially grip and grins) to a minimum until the flow improves. It’s important to quit fishing once the water temperature reaches 65 degrees, so start early and finish early to protect this valuable resource.



Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing