South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

October 22, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

  • For the past week, flows through Deckers held steady at 50 cfs. Despite low flows, high water clarity and technical fishing, this stretch has been productive. The recipe for success is a long leader, 5x fluorocarbon tippet, clean drifts and small midge/baetis patterns. We are entering the time of year when trout won’t be fooled easily, so take your time scouting the river and get yourself into a good position to make clean casts and drag-free drifts. One thing to be considerate of is the brown trout spawn. Redds (spawning beds) are prevalent, so please avoid stepping on and casting to trout on redds. If you don’t know what a redd looks like, look for a “clean” patch of gravel. Due to the spawn, egg patterns and San Juan Worms are highly productive point flies right now. Trail a midge larva/pupa or baetis emerger behind one or both of those patterns and hit the deep pools and runs. If you’re on the river during a warm afternoon, slow riffles and transition areas are good sections to hit as well. Some of our favorite midge and baetis patterns are Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, Rojo Midges, Manhattan Midges, JuJu Baetis and olive RS2s.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: 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),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), Electric Caddis (#16-18), 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 (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Parachute Trico (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24)

      • 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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