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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 

Flow: 233 cfs, Trumbull

Clarity:  Good

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and caddis

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

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing in and around the Deckers area has been good as of late.  Flows were bumped yesterday, which is really good news for South Platte enthusiasts.  Outflows will vary depending on downstream demand and weather patterns.  If we get a lot of moisture in the Front Range, look for Denver Water to lower the river levels.  If it get hots, chances are good the outflows will increase. Currently the lake is still 3700 acre feet from the top  and spilling.  Inflows are 193 cfs, so the lake is still filling slowly but surely, as this does not include the tributaries like Turkey and Goose Creeks, which are running hard right now!  There is one other factor to consider…the Robert’s Tunnel was shut off May 19, 2017. Anglers should prepare for a good midge bite between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Look for a nice blue-winged olive hatch each afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. Overcast days provide the best dry fly fishing. Regardless of the conditions, sub-surface fishing in the afternoon is good with an assortment of Baetis nymphs.

Effective Patterns:   #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #24 Black Beauty, #24 Minute Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS II, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2,#16-18 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun (BW0) and #24 Parashute Adams.

About Deckers

The mileage below Cheesman Canyon is the renowned Deckers area, a world-class fishery with easy access and lots of opportunity. The best fishing is from Bridge Crossing to the lower boundary of the Tee Pee Club. Like Cheesman Canyon, the fish are challenging to catch, and there is no substitution for a good dead drift. Deckers can offer good dry fly fishing at times but like upstream in the “The Canyon” a good nympher will catch the majority of fish. Anglers can expect to catch assortment of browns and rainbows with some exceeding 20 inches. The river is made up of riffles, runs, shelves and gravel bars, and nice pocket water. The ideal flow for Deckers is between 150-400 cfs. The regulations are two trout over 16 inches in length and flies and lures only.