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Deckers – South Platte

14 Day Forecast:  Look for strong hatches of midges in conjunction with sporadic blue-winged olives and good hatches of caddis downstream of Deckers.

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #24 Black Beauty, #24 Top Secret Midges, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, # 16 Graphic Caddis, #18 Buckskin, #14 San Juan Worm, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup's CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.

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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:

Cheesman Reservoir is currently 89% full, so Denver Water most likely will match inflows for their projected releases until the lake fills. The feeders creeks continue to add an additional 20 cfs of water, but they are shrinking fast due to the lack of rain. The reservoir is still approximately 8 feet low, which equates to around 8600 acre feet. Currently the downstream demand is high with the above average heat so Denver Water let water go early instead of letting the lake fill. This is great news as the water temps on the lower river were getting warm. The water is currently stained from all the debris that collected over the winter. In the next few days, look for things to improve.  San Juan Worms, Craneflies, and UV Scuds tailed by caddis larvae and mayfly emergers have been the best producers as of late.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing