South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

June 1, 2020: 


  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Over the course of one-week, South Platte flows through Deckers dropped from 350 cfs to 95 cfs. This is a substantial reduction that will require anglers to adjust their approach. Trout are less spread out and have fewer places to hold. Trout are stacked up in the pronounced pools and runs. In the afternoon, trout looking to feed will move into the riffles and transition areas. You won’t need a ton of weight when hitting the pools and runs but when you fish riffles and faster moving water, add extra split shot to get your flies down faster. If you were using 4x tippet previously, it’s time to return to 5x. When targeting rising trout, 6x isn’t a bad idea either. One positive to this reduction is we expect to see increased hatch and surface activity. Look for rising trout in slow runs and tailouts. As far as flies go, keep it small for now. Double baetis and midge/baetis nymph rigs are a good starting point. JuJu Baetis, Pheaasant Tails and Mercury Midges are great lead patterns. For your trailer, baetis and midge emergers will get the job done. If trout aren’t responding, consider swapping out your lead fly for a caddis larva or Guides Choice Hares Ear.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: 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), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Pat's Rubber Legs, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) and Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18).

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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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