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 sporadic hatches of midges. Flows remain above their normal historic values for this time of year.

Tips and Other Information:Fishing has been fair at Deckers lately. Anglers willing to work hard are picking up a few nice fish. South Platte regulars should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools, and tailouts.  Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is your best bet right now, however.   Target the transitional zones that funnel into the deeper runs and pools.  The best fishing is between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the water warms up a few degrees. Currently, the river is ice free from Deckers to Night Hawk Hill. If the flow remains above 100 cfs, the lower river should remain in good shape for a while, unless temps drop below zero for a period of time. The biggest challenge is the cold water…currently the water temperature is 35 degrees, warming to 38 or 39 on seasonably warm days….

Effective Patterns:#20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22 Minute Midge, #22 Tube Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-26 Parachute Adams.

Ready to Go Fly Selection: Dorsey’s Deckers Dozen: Click Here!