Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Flashback PT, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt's Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Stalcup's CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, and #20-24 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:
Cheesman Reservoir is currently at 85 percent, but dropping quickly due to down stream demand. Flows will remain high util Denver Water competes their maintenance project on the Roberts Tunnel. In the meantime, anglers should prepare themselves for reliable hatches of midges, Tricos, blue-winged olives, and some sporadic golden stoneflies.