South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

August 2, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

  • To our surprise, flows through Deckers rapidly increased last week. Before the start of last week, flows sat at 80 cfs and now sit just below 200 cfs. Until flows stabilize, fishing will be hit or miss. In general, trout take a few days to adjust to flow increases, so be patient, test different water and pattern sizes. Trout will spread out and adjust their holding position throughout the day. Prior to 11 am, focus on the slack water, banks, pools and tailouts. After 11 am, trout will slide into faster water (riffles, pockets, runs, transition areas). One of the most important factors right now is weight. To account for increased flows, start with ample weight to get your flies into the deepest water column. If you’re getting snagged every few drifts, you have enough weight. When you move into faster water, consider adding a little more weight. As far as patterns go, scuds, Mini Leeches, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs are productive lead patterns. For your trailer, caddis pupa and flashy baetis/midge emerger patterns will do the trick. Other than nymphing, hopper droppers fished between the outer seams and banks will pick up trout looking up or feeding in the middle column.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

  • 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 PMD (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Candy Caddis (#16-18), Sparkle Pupa (#16), 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 PMD (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) and Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18).

      • 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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