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Deckers – South Platte

14 Day Forecast:  Look for reliable hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Top Secret Baetis, #22-24 Bling Midges, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #18 Micro Egg, #20 Mercury Midge, #20 Miracle Nymph, #20 Buckskin, #22 Brassie, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun, #20 Parachute Blue-Winged Olive, #20 High Vis Baetis, #20-22 Pat's Midge, #22-24 Mole Midge, and #22 Griffith Gnats.


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:

Cheesman Reservoir is at 88 percent capacity which is great news. Currently the outflow from Cheesman Dam is 120 cfs, but the feeder creeks are adding some additional water from snowmelt which is extremely helpful. Plan on reliable hatches of midges throughout the day.  Once a hatch becomes evident, look for the trout to move into the transitional zones to feed. Fishing pupae imitations mid-column has been bringing several nice fish to hand lately.  The afternoon is bringing some excellent blue-winged olive hatches which is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Revised 4/7/24

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing