South Platte: Deckers
September 24, 2018:
Flows through Deckers section of the South Platte held consistent for most of last week but dipped to 116 cfs last Friday. The drop will affect trout holding positions, pushing them into the deep pools, runs and riffles. The weather is cooling which will help the water temps, but we are still having a lot of success fishing the riffles and more turbulent water in the afternoon. When fishing the faster water, make sure to have enough weight on your line to get your flies down quickly. The trico hatch has been sporadic, but when it hits, it hits hard. Fishing a drowned Trico Spinner during this period is ideal as the trout have been feeding just below the surface rather than on top. Small midge patterns such as Zebra Midges and Black Beauties have been very productive in the early morning hours. During and after the trico hatch, a midge coupled with a baetis emerger has been bringing a lot of fish to the net. Our favorite baetis patterns right now are the RS2’s (black & olive), Barr’s Emerger and JuJu Baetis. The Chocolate Thunder has also been a hot fly.
Sub-surface: red Copper John (#20 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Barrs PMD Emerger (#20 - 22), Pheasant Tails (#20 - 22), Black Beauties (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 24), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40's (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.
Surface: Parachute Adams (#18 - #20), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#20), and Griffiths Gnat (#20 - 22).
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Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior/USGS
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.
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.