Deckers – South Platte

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, PMD's, caddis, and Tricos

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20 Smith's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, # 18 Buckskin, #18 Graphic Caddis,#18 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer's Gummy Cranefly, #10 Pat's Rubber Legs, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun (BWO and PMD), Stalcup's CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, and #10 Amy's Ant.


South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 354 ft3/s
Temp: 50 °F
Wind: 4 MPH E
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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:

Flows were bumped by Denver Water in an effort to flush away some of the sediment from a recent flash flood in Cheesman Canyon. The lower river is experiencing reliable hatches of caddis, PMD’s, and Tricos right now. Go to bugs are #18 Buckskins, #18 Graphic Caddis, #18 PMD Sparkle Duns, and CDC Biot Trico Comparaduns. Dry and dropper rigs have been especially productive in the skinny water where the trout become suspicious of standard indicator rigs.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing