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Deckers – South Platte

14 Day Forecast:  Look for reliable hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Effective Patterns:  #14 UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #8 Cranefly larva, #10 Pat's Rubber Legs, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Top Secret Baetis, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Micro Egg, #20 Mercury Midge, #18 Buckskin, #20-22 Parachute Adams, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun, #20 Parachute Blue-Winged Olive, #20 High-Vis Baetis, #20-22 Pat's Midge, #22-24 Mole Midge, and #22 Griffith Gnats.


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:

Current Conditions :

The clarity is back to normal in the immediate Deckers area. Water temps are in the high 50’s and fishing has been good. Cheesman Reservoir is still full pool and spilling. Currently there is 379 flowing through the “canyon” and the remaining water is from the feeder creeks. Denver Water is projecting the outflows (below Cheesman) to be around 400 cfs in May (highly dependent on rainfall, however), then ramp up as runoff comes into play. They are speculating that the outflows could reach 750 cfs. There is a tremendous amount of snow on the Mosquito Range, more than I’ve seen in a long time! This is exactly what we need to help flush out the decomposed granite from last year’s flash flood. Things are gonna get worse before they get better because there is a tremendous amount of decomposed granite on the move. Plan on reliable hatches of midges in the morning and evening.  Mid morning is bringing some sporadic blue-winged olive hatches which keeps the fish feeding on Baetis nymphs. It’s a good idea to fish these smaller nymphs off an attractor like an egg pattern, scud, or San Juan Worm. Caddis are also a factor with the warm water coming over the spillway. Revised 5/30/24




Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing