South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

9/13

  • Mostly sunny skies will leave trout in the trenches of the water and feeding at a lower rate than previous days.

  • Be conscious of hatch activity, but you’re going to spend the majority of the day fishing sub-surface.

  • Target the deeper runs and pools where trout can expend the least amount of energy and garner the most nutrients, but don’t discount the pocket water and banks. 

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September 10, 2018: 

  • Technicality: 3/5

  • Despite historically low flows, the Blue continues to produce great results. Water clarity has been great and is a sight fisherman’s paradise. With this in mind, you’re going to want to do everything in your power to present a realistic fly. Use smaller fluorocarbon tippet. 5X seems to do the trick, but 6X will improve your odds. However, you’ll need to be more delicate when you’ve got a fish on so as to not break it off. Additionally, if you’re nymphing, us a small neutral colored indicator (we prefer clear). Mysis shrimp, midge, and baetis patterns are key when fishing subsurface. There have been a number of great BWO hatches in the mornings (~10 am) and afternoons (~3:30 pm), but you can’t go wrong fishing a dry dropper combo. Lead with a larger attractor fly like an Amy’s Ant (#10-14) followed by a searcher pattern like a pheasant tail (#18) or Prince nymph (#18). 

  • This week is forecast to be moderately productive. The fundamentals (i.e. weather, air pressure, air temp, etc) are forecast to be consistent all week which will allow you to hone in on what is working best, assuming you fish multiple days. Mostly sunny skies will leave trout skittish and holding in the deeper runs and pools. However, don’t stop at that. Make sure to cover the more shallow banks in the morning and pocket water throughout the day. If you’re patient and take advantage of sight fishing you will be rewarded. Air temps are forecast to be comparatively cool leading to a more active trout. The hatch will be aggressive in volume, but short in duration. 

  • Ideal Days to Fish: Friday & Saturday

  • Go to flies:

    • Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#18 - 20), green drakes (#16-20), yellow sallies (#16-18), caddis PMDs (#16), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Griffiths Gnat (#20), Chubby Chernobyl (#10-14), Amy's Ant (#10-14). 

    • Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#18), Zebra Midges (#20), Black Beauties (#20 and smaller), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), WD 40's, Sparkle Wing RS2's (#22-24), olive RS2s (#22-24), Caddis Pupa, Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.

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Credit: U.S. Geological Survey 
Department of the Interior/USGS

Detailed River Info:

Background: 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.

Angling: 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. 

Daily Forecasts

 

Monday, July 30

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Tuesday, July 31

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Wednesday, August 1

 

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