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, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20 Smith's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #18 Buckskin, # #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #24 Stalcup's CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #22 Matt's Midge, #20-22 Mathew's Sparkle Dun


South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 64 ft3/s
Temp: 31 °F
Wind: 14 MPH S
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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:

Fishing in and around the Deckers is currently fair at the moment with the recent reduction in water levels. Chessman Reservoir is extremely low (58,000 acre feet) so look for low flows for the remainder of the year. Denver Water is gonna leave the Roberts Tunnel on this winter (so that means lower flows on the South Fork), so look for flows to range between 50-100 cfs for most of the autumn and winter season.  Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges, Tricos, and blue winged olives right now. Dry and dropper rigs are productive in the skinny water where the trout become suspicious of standard indicator rigs. Crowds have been heavy as of late…

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing