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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, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been tougher than normal in the Deckers area.  Anglers have been complaining about difficult fishing!  Trust me–you’re not alone, fishing has been challenging as of late. It’s time to break out the 6 and 7X tippet and the size 24-26 flies!   Go-to bugs have been a #22-24 Mercury Midges, #24-26 Black Beauties, #24-26 Top Secrets Midges, and #24-26 chocolate Foam Wing Emergers.  Egg patterns are picking up an occasional fish. Overcast days are providing the best hatches and fishing. Bright and sunny days have been much tougher.

Effective Patterns:  #22-26 Black Beauty, #22 Minute Midge,  #18-20 Buckskin,  #22-26 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #22-24 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback RS 2, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing 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: 145 cfs, Trumbull

Clarity:  Good

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

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 productive as of late, despite the up and down flows.  Denver Water continues to hold back water in an effort to fill Cheesman Reservoir.  Look for flows to remain between 75-125 cfs for another couple weeks.  Currently the lake is still 4,000 acre feet from the top (about 95% full).  My guess is Cheesman Dam will spill normally during the first part of May.  The “big” spring midge is a major factor right now with regard to matching the hatch. The fish are responding to them nicely!   A size 18 Bead Head Black Beauty or Medallion Midge is the perfect imposter for these large midges. Don’t forget about the small midges…they are still extremely important too!  In the a.m., concentrate your efforts in the deeper runs and slower pools where you’ll find the highest concentrations of fish.  Your best bet is dead drifting midge pupa mid-column. 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, #22 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun (BW0) and #24 Parashute Adams.