Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Deckers – South Platte River

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.

Current Conditions 

Clarity:  Excellent

14 Day Forecast:   Look for intermittent hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing in and around the Deckers area is currently tough with the low flows and cold water temperatures. Water temps have been 34 degrees in the morning, warming up to 38-39 degrees in the afternoon. Slush-ice has been a problem on the  river, especially with clear, cold nights.  Many sections of the lower river are now frozen, so plan your trip accordingly. There is no need to be on the river before 10 a.m. right now, its simply a waste of time. Dead drifting tiny midge larvae and pupae in the slow, deep pools is your best bet right now.  Sight fishing to pods of fish will increase your odds, as opposed to rolling the dice trying to get an individual fish to eat. Matt’s Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith Gnats are fooling a few fish on the surface during the height of the hatch.

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.