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Fishing Report:  Deckers

South Platte River 

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 and 400 cfs. The regulations are two trout over 16 inches in length and flies and lures only. Please consider catch and release on all fish caught in the area.

Suggested Flies
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm

San Juan Worm

$2.00
Flossy Worm
Flossy Worm
Flossy Worm
Flossy Worm
Flossy Worm
Flossy Worm

Flossy Worm

$2.00
Dorsey's UV Scud
Dorsey's UV Scud
Dorsey's UV Scud
Dorsey's UV Scud

Dorsey's UV Scud

$2.75
Barrs Graphic Caddis
Barrs Graphic Caddis

Barrs Graphic Caddis

$2.25
Buckskin
Buckskin

Buckskin

$2.25
Dorsey's Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail
Dorsey's Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail
Dorsey's Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail
Dorsey's Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail

Dorsey's Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail

$2.25
Latest Report

Updated 6/20/24

Flows are now over 1,000 cfs. This much water makes for really tough wading, so be extra cautious if you choose to fish here. Trips that went out on Wednesday saw numerous logs floating downstream.

Despite the high water, fish can be caught along the banks and other slow water holding areas. There's a great variety of bugs we've seen hatching in recent days: midges, baetis, tricos, caddis, PMDs, and even some green drakes. That said, nymph rigs with worm patterns will continue to be most effective as fish are still gorging on aquatic worms. Now's the time to size up to 3X.

Updated 6/14/24

Flows here really picked up on Thursday after 200 cfs was bottom-released from Cheesman Dam. The release dirtied up the water as sediment is pushing downstream, but it has reduced water temps as well. Flows are 845 cfs as of Friday morning.

With these high flows, continue to target soft-water areas and structure where fish might be holding. Big flies like worms, scuds and leeches will still be the ticket on your heavy nymph rigs. It would also be a good time to start using 3X!

Updated 6/10/24

Flows bumped up throughout the corridor this past weekend. Below Cheesman, flows are 562 cfs, while the river is running 677 cfs near Trumbull. The bump has caused reduced clarity throughout Deckers.

Fish with 4X and plenty of weight. San Juans, other worm patterns, or leeches will continue to be effective patterns for nymphing. In the mornings, fish midge patterns with some flash dropped off your lead flies. In addition to caddis, we've been seeing some PMDs hatching in the afternoons. Switch your bottom flies a Graphic Caddis or a mayfly emerger in the later mornings/afternoons.

Seasonal Tips/Hatches

Fishing the South Platte River near Deckers in spring offers exciting opportunities as insect activity increases and fish become more active. Here are some effective fly patterns to consider for spring fishing in this area:

Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): These may hatch sporadically in spring. Carry patterns like Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns, or Pheasant Tails in sizes #18 to #22 to imitate BWOs.

Midges: Midges are prevalent year-round, but their activity may increase in spring. Use patterns like Zebra Midges, RS2s (Rim's Semblance 2), Mercury Midges, or Disco Midges in sizes ranging from #18 to #24.

Stoneflies: Stonefly nymphs become more active as the weather warms up. Carry patterns like Pat's Rubber Legs, Hare's Ear Nymphs, or Prince Nymphs in sizes #10 to #14.

Caddisflies: Caddis activity increases as temperatures rise. Patterns like Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, or Stimulators in sizes #14 to #18 can be effective imitations.

Attractor Patterns: Bright and flashy attractor patterns like San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, or Rainbow Warriors can be effective in catching the attention of fish, especially during runoff periods.

Streamers: Larger fish might respond to streamers, particularly if the water is high and off-color due to runoff. Woolly Buggers, Sculpin patterns, and other streamers in various sizes and colors can attract larger fish.

As always, observe the water conditions, insect activity, and the behavior of the fish to determine the most effective patterns and presentations. Adjust your techniques throughout the day as conditions change.

The shop staff and guides at The Blue Quill Angler are very familiar with the South Platte River near Deckers and can provide specific insights into recent hatches, successful patterns, and techniques tailored for spring fishing in the area. They often have firsthand knowledge that can greatly enhance your fishing experience.

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