Current Conditions

South Platte River – Near Trumbull

Flow: 339 ft3/s
Temp: 54 °F
Wind: 7 MPH W

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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: Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives, and caddis

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

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are low and the water temps are climbing fast. Please be mindful of the water temps. If the water temps exceed 67 degrees, please quit fishing to protect the resource.  It is recommend to start early and finish early until water levels improve. A few days ago, the water temperature was 64 degrees at noon, and at dangerous levels on the lower river!  Cheesman Reservoir is still 5,000 acre feet from spilling, so look for low flows for a while.  As you might imagine, fishing is quite challenging right now in Deckers. Go-to bugs have been a #22 Mercury Midges, #24 Black Beauties, #24 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers in the mornings and Baetis nymphs in the afternoon. Blue-winged olives are hatching every afternoon, adding some excitement for the dry fly angler. Overcast days and inclement weather are producing the best hatches. Caddis are hatching now too, so come prepared to imitate both pupae and adults.

Note:  Park in designated areas only (those with a brown P sign) as the Jefferson County Sheriff is ticketing vehicles illegally parked. 

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, #16-18 Puterbaugh Caddis and #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis.#20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, 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.