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Deckers – South Platte

14 Day Forecast:  Look for hatches of midges and caddis

Effective Patterns:  #10 Cranefly, #10 Leech, #14 San Juan Worms, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Black Beauty, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20 Pale Olive Larva, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 RS 2, #16-18 Graphic Caddis, #22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Micro Egg, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22 Pat's Midge, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 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:

Denver Water has reduced the flow to 132 in an effort to fill Cheesman Reservoir. Currently the inflows are 187 cfs and the outflows are 132 cfs. On top of the heavy rainfall in the Denver area means there is no downstream demand. The flow at Deckers is 232 cfs because  Wigwam, Horse, and Four Mile Creeks are adding some additional water. Anglers should plan on a midge-bite in the morning and evening and a sporadic blue-winged olive hatch between 1 and 3 p.m. The caddis hatches have been very good at Deckers so make sure you have plenty of pupae! Currently the reservoir is at 97 percent capacity and filling fast the past two days.   Denver Water expects the reservoir to “fill and spill”. 6/6/23



Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing