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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 good hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information: Flows remain at 70 cfs (below Cheesman) to fill Cheesman Reservoir.  Feeder creeks are adding 20 cfs to the lower river which is a huge advantage. The level of Cheesman Reservoir is low, its down to 67,000 acre feet which is a bit of a concern considering our snow pack is low this year.  As you might imagine, fishing in Cheesman Canyon is extremely challenging as of late.  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. Crowds have been extremely heavy, just a heads up!

Note:  Park is designated areas only 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, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #24 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.