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Deckers – South Platte

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

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20Chocolate WD 40, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #18 Micro Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18 Buckskin, #14-16 UV Scud, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20 JujuBaetis, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #14 Elk Hair Caddis #16 Barr's Graphic Caddis, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 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 low as Denver Water attempts to fill Cheesman Reservoir which is currently 81% full. I expect the flows to be in the 125 to 150 cfs range for a while as Denver Water is supplying water to the City and outlying areas via the Robert’s Tunnel. The three tributaries that enter the river near Deckers are adding some additional water. In the meantime anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis.  The “olive” hatches are winding down as they have run their course for the spring months. The caddis hatches have been great the past few days so make sure you have plenty of caddis pupae!

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing