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Deckers – South Platte

14 Day Forecast:  Look for a sporadic "olive" or two in the afternoon and reliable midge fishing mid-day.

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #22 JujuBaetis, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #14 Elk Hair Caddis, #22 Manhattan Midge, #24 Black Beauty, #24 Bling Midge, #20 Red Larva, #18 Micro egg, #24 Parachute Adams, #24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat


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:

Releases below Cheesman Reservoir (Deckers area) are low, but they are still above their normal historic levels for this time of year. The feeder creeks are adding an additional 10 cfs of water which is an added bonus. It’s now time to employ standard winter tactics and fish the slow, deep pools where trout congregate for the next 4 months. Look for a sporadic blue-winged olive or two in the afternoon, but those Baetis hatches will fizzle-out quickly, leaving only midges.  Time to drop to 6X tippet and fish with the little bugs in the soft water margins. The best fishing is between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mid-day expect to see a few midges hatching which is the perfect opportunity to fish with pupae in the transitional zones and mid channel shelves.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing