South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

December 2, 2019: 


  • Technicality: 4/5

  • Traffic is finally starting to slow down through Deckers and fishing has been productive. Flows through Deckers currently sit just above 100 cfs. While flows are technically 30 cfs below the historical average, there are still plenty of slow and deep sections to fish. The pronounced pools are a great place to start but don’t ignore slow sections that are 2ft or deeper. Fish the deep and slow sections with a small indicator (yarn is preferred), 6x tippet and medium sized splitshot. Our go-to morning setup right now is a Mercury Midge trailed by a Top Secret or Black Beauty. In the afternoon, swap out your trailer fly for a RS2, Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger or WD40. Pink/green scuds, leeches and Mercury Pheasant Tails are great alternate lead flies.

  • Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10-12).

      • 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


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Credit: U.S. Geological Survey 
Department of the Interior/USGS
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Weather Provided by Weather Underground

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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