South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

December 10, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

  • The recent warm weather has led to increased bug activity and productive days on the river. When temps rise above 50 degrees, we’re seeing consistent midge hatches and occasional BWO activity. Surface action has been hit or miss, but emerger patterns have been lights out. With cooler weather ahead, we still expect to see good results from midge pupa but baetis emergers will take a back seat. With low flows (58 cfs) and clear water, smaller setups have been the most consistent. Double midge rigs with a larva followed by a pupa is a great place to start. If you observe BWOs in the afternoon, cycle in a baetis emerger and if trout aren’t responding at all, consider leading with a small attractor pattern (Flashback Pheasant Tail, Rainbow Warrior, Frenchie or Disco Midge). Spend your time in slow runs and pools with a heavy nymph rig and you’ll have a good time. Slow riffles and transitions will also hold trout on warm afternoons.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: 12/16, 12/18 & 12/19

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Jujubee Midge (#22-24), RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Buckskin Caddis (#18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#16-28), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24)

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Detailed River Info:


The Deckers stretch of the South Platte River is a heavily sought after and highly productive stretch of river located roughly one hour from Denver. It's proximity to Denver and it's wade friendly features makes for a great destination for anglers of all experience levels. According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Deckers stretch of the South Platte contains just over 3,000 trout per mile with Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats making up this healthy population. This portion of the South Platte is a tail water section, so depending on the will of the angler, productive fishing can be enjoyed year round.


Fishing the Deckers stretch of the South Platte River is arguably one of the most difficult but rewarding rivers in the state. Aside from the hoards of anglers that flock to this river every weekend, it is one of our favorites to fish. It's close to Denver, incredibly easy to access and can yield trout worth writing home about. Deckers is famous for it's deep holes and runs but can also provide great pocket water fishing. In the summer and fall, anglers can expect some incredible Caddis and Mayfly hatches that result in irresistible dry fly fishing. In the winter and spring, nymphing is the name of the game. Small tail water midges and Baetis patterns that strain your eyes to look at are the ticket for a productive day. 


River Access:

The Deckers section of the South Platte river is easy accessed from many locations. Anglers can drive along County Road 126, search for an appealing section of river and find a place on the side of the road to park. If you're not interested in searching for your own stretch of river, the intersection of County Road 126 and County Road 67 is a popular place to park and walk to the river. 

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