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 and sporadic Psuedocloeons

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #22 Smith's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Mercury Flashback PT, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #22 Matt's Midge, #22-26 Parachute Adams, and #22 Griffiths Gnat


South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 62 ft3/s
Temp: 23 °F
Wind: 8 MPH N
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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 in and around the Deckers is currently fair with the recent flow drop. Flows are a bit higher than Cheesman Canyon, due to the tributaries adding some additional water. Cheesman Reservoir is extremely low (58,000 acre feet) so look for low flows for the remainder of the year. Denver Water is  leaving on the Roberts Tunnel this winter (so that means lower flows on the South Fork), so look for flows to range between 50-100 cfs for most of the autumn and winter season.  Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges and tiny blue winged olives right now. The water is extremely low and fishing is difficult with all the aquatic vegetation.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing