Effective Patterns: #20 Juju Baetis, #14-16 UV Scud, #10 Pat's Rubber Legs, #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, #18 Barr Emerger, #18 Mitchell's Split Case, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #24 Stalcup's Trico, #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis, #16 Mercer's Swing Caddis, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, 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:
Flows are still high due to run-off. Make sure you target the soft water margins and use lots of weight. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, caddis, yellow sallies, PMD’s, and Tricos, Don’t be afraid to throw some big-bites too, as scuds, leeches, craneflies, and stoneflies are also great options, especially for an attractor. Cheesman Reservoir quit spilling two days ago. All of the water is now coming off the bottom of the reservoir.