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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. Flows remain above their normal historic values for this time of year.

Effective Patterns:  #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #20 Sparkle Dun, #20 Blue Dun, #20 Blue Quill, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.


South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 125 ft3/s
Temp: 23 °F
Wind: 12 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 near Deckers has been fair to good in the past few days. Crowds have been very heavy as of late…so plan accordingly. South Platte regulars should prepare themselves for a.m. and p.m. hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts. The classic, riffle, run, pool-tailouts are great areas to look for rising fish during the spring that are keying on midge-adults. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is option as well. Mid day brings a nice “olive” hatch with several fish eating duns in the soft water margins. Egg patterns are fooling a few fish as the rainbows continue to propagate in the spawning flats. Flows remain above-average as the City of Aurora continues to move water downstream to fill outlying reservoirs along the Front Range.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing