South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

January 14, 2021: 

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Cold overnight and morning temperatures continue to lead to slow mornings and ice buildup. Despite what the flow chart shows, flows continue to hold steady around 70 cfs. The spike in the flow chart is caused by ice and slush building up under the gauging station. While we did experience relatively mild weather this week, the mornings should be avoided unless you enjoy fishing in slush and breaking ice off your fly line. After 12 pm, the water typically clears up and trout become more active. With cold water temps, focusing on the soft water has been key. Slow pools, runs and slack water are where trout are hanging out and feeding, so spend most of you time in these sections. As far as setups go, we’ve seen the most success with a double midge nymph rig and a triple nymph rig led with a heavy searcher/attractor pattern and trailed by midge larva and pupa. Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, Perdigons, Rainbow Warriors, scuds and leeches are great lead attractor patterns at the moment. Bling Midges, Miracle Midges, Manhattan Midges and Blood Midges are some of our go-to midge larva patterns. For your midge pupa, you can’t go wrong with a Top Secret, Mercury Midge, Jujubee Midge or Mercury Black Beauty. Focus on getting your flies deep and achieving a slow drift.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: 1/18, 1/22 & 1/24

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#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 (#24), 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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