South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

October 21, 2019: 

  • Technicality: 4/5

  • It’s really hard for us to hate on Deckers, but right now, it’s not our favorite. With low flows (55 cfs) and heavy angling pressure, trout are holding deep or tight to structure and are highly selective. It feels a bit early, but 6x tippet and 10+ ft leader is very useful right now. Staying out of the trout’s line of vision, making clean casts and drag free drifts are needed to have a big day. There have been some dry fly opportunities mid-morning and in the early afternoon. Fish the soft water if you’re looking for rising trout. Other than that, it’s all about nymphing. A JuJu Baetis trailed by a Mercury Midge, Black Beauty, Top Secret or JuJubee Midge is an effective setup during the morning. In the afternoon, hit the runs, transition areas and tailouts with a double baetis nymph rig. Egg patterns have picked up a few trout, so keep that in mind as well.

  • Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18-20), RS2 (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#22-24), WD 40's (#22-24) Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Pheasant Tails (#18-22), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#18-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Rainbow Warrior (#20-22), leech patterns, scuds and San Juan Worms.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Parachute Trico (#20-22), and Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).

      • Need flies for your trip? FlyCast has collaborated with our friends at Anglers All ​to package a dozen flies that are hot at Deckers right now - Click here for hand selected flies

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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