Effective Patterns: #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20 Mercury Midge, #14-16 San Juan Worm, #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18-20 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-24 RS 2, #18-20 Buckskin, # Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Sparkle Dun, and #20-22 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:
Fishing at Deckers has been extremely tough as of late. Warm water temps are still a major concern. No one is quite sure why the water is so warm, currently the water exiting the bottom valves of Cheesman Dam is 60 degrees, warming up to the upper 60’s late in the day. The trout are a bit stressed, hiding, and not willing to cooperate for the average angler. Pray for cooler nights and for the lake to stratify so we can begin seeing cooler water temps, improved hatches, and happy trout. Current hatches include midges, Tricos, and blue-winged olives, with a sporadic caddis or two. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently stocked some catchables in the Deckers area to improve catch-rates.