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Deckers – South Platte

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges.

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, #18 Buckskin, #14 San Juan Worm, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun (BWO ), #20 Stalcup's CDC Biot Comparadun (Trico), #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 are excellent right now.  The good news is that Cheesman Reservoir is at 89 percent capacity despite the recent drought. And the good news is that our snowpack is up to 108% with all the recent storms in the high country.  Its that time once again to target the slower pools and runs with tiny midge imitations.  It’s hard to go wrong with an egg midge combo or a red larva trailed by dark pupae, especially in the slower runs and pools where the trout have a long time to inspect your offerings. The best fishing is from Bridge Crossing up to the Teepee Club.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing