Deckers – South Platte

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

14 Day Forecast:  Look for hatches of midges, sporadic blue-winged olives and caddis.

Effective Patterns:  #20 Juju Baetis, #14-16 UV Scud, #20 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, 20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #18 Buckskin, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #20 Sparkle Dun, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer's Swing Caddis, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-22 Parachute Adams.


South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 268 ft3/s
Temp: 37 °F
Wind: 4 MPH W
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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 to 155 a few days ago, so expect the caddis hatch to slow a bit due to colder water temps.   Anglers should expect to see hatches of midges, sporadic blue-winged olives and caddis.  Flies of choice have been scuds, Baetis nymphs, and caddis pupae. Flows will remain low until Cheesman Reservoir fills. Currently the lake is about 11 feet from the top, so it shouldn’t take too long.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing