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 hatches of midges, PMD’s, and caddis

Tips and Other Information: Flows are low considering the time of year. The South Platte at Deckers is currently running at about 94 cfs, as the tributaries are adding some additional water. Cheesman Reservoir is 18,000 Acre Feet from full pool (75% full), so expect low flows for a while. The good news is Spinney Reservoir is full, Eleven Mile Reservoir is at 103 percent, and Tarryall Creek is dumping in 120 cfs  into the South Platte above Cheesman Reservoir.  Currently inflows are about 450 cfs, which is great news. In the mean time, anglers can plan on good fishing despite the low water.  Look for strong hatches of midges, sporadic BWO’s, PMD’s, and excellent caddis. The caddis fishing has been something to talk about lately. The South Platte trout are feasting on caddis pupae as well as adults in riffled water. Its hard to go wrong with Graphic Caddis and Elk Hair Caddis to match the hatch. Water temps have been in the mid 40’s during the morning, but rising quickly the low 60’s mid afternoon. Please pinch your barbs and release the trout quickly. Keep them in water as much as possible and try to keep your photos (especially grip and grins) to a minimum until the flow improves. It’s important to quit fishing once the water temperature reaches 65 degrees, so start early and finish early to protect this valuable resource.

Effective Patterns:#20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback PT, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, #20-22 Matt’s Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Blue Dun, #20-22 Blue Quill, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.