Current Conditions

South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 110 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 30’s to low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information: Flows were dropped to 100 cfs yesterday. The level of Cheesman Reservoir is getting low, its down to 63,000 acre feet which is a bit of a concern considering our snow pack for the South Platte drainage is at 66%.  Flies of choice have been a #22-24 Mercury Midges, #24 Bling Midges, #24-26 Black Beauties, #24-26 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers.  Egg patterns are picking up the occasional fish as the rainbows are spawning. Watch your step in the shallow rifles because redds are appearing everywhere.  Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher. Look for the big spring midge to be a factor the next couple weeks. You need to upsize your pupae imitations to size 18 to match the hatch. I expect to see some sporadic blue-winged olives this week, which will really change things in the weeks to come!

Effective Patterns:  #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayers Mini Leech, #10 Shafer’s Cranefly, #20 Matt;s Midge,  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.