Current Conditions

South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 161 ft3/s
Temp: N/A F
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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

Water Temperature: High 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

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

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been fair to good in Deckers.  The fishing has been slow in the morning, but picks up mid day when the Tricos come off.  There has been some good dry fly fishing with Trico duns and spinners, then the fish key on sunken spinners. The hatch is over by 12:30, then the “olives” come off at 1 p.m. Overcast days are providing the best dry fly fishing. Its hard to go wrong with a size Parachute Adams, or Mathew’s Sparkle Dun of the BWO’s.  Nymphing in-between hatches with Mercury Midges, Jujubaetis, Stalcup’s Baetis and chocolate Foam Wing Emergers is producing some nice fish as well.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #14 San Juan Worm,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Sparkle Dun (BWO) #16 Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), and #24 Parachute Adams.

About Fly Fishing at Deckers on the South Platte River in Colorado

Just below Cheesman Canyon is the world-class Deckers area with outstanding opportunity to catch memorable fish. Located about an hour outside Denver, this area of the South Platte River defines the legendary fly fishing that Colorado is known for across the world. While trout feed throughout the year in this rich fishery, slow runs, riffles, and deep pockets will put your angling skills to the test. This is an ideal area with sensational scenery to fly fish on foot and access is easy so you won’t have to worry about hiking in. However, the opportunity for exceptional fishing is extensive throughout this area, so don’t be afraid to strike out and explore. While you’re here, don’t forget to enjoy the scenery. There’s a good chance that you’ll spot eagles, mule deer, and other Colorado wildlife.

How’s the Fishing at Deckers on the South Platte River?

Simply put, the fishing here is amazing. With its relatively close proximity to Denver, and a reputation that’s hard to beat, don’t expect solitary fishing. Our renowned experts and fly fishing guides at The Blue Quill Angler have found the best fishing between the Bridge Crossing and the lower boundary of the Wigwam Club. Caddis hatches have been phenomenal over the last few years and show no signs of slowing down. What’s more, it’s not uncommon to catch trophy size trout here. Since Deckers is technically a tailwater, you can find good fishing and solitude here during the winter if you aren’t afraid of using light tippets and particularly small flies. Our renowned fly fishing guides, to include Colorado’s only two Simms Ambassadors, know every aspect of Deckers on the South Platte River and we invite you to join us on one of our guided fly fishing trips to Deckers.