South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

August 13, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

  • South Platte flows through Deckers increased on Tuesday by roughly 40 cfs. Currently sitting at 370 cfs, the water is slightly stained, which will impact your ability to sight fish. On the plus side, water temps are cool and trout have plenty of bugs to feed on. The water is moving quickly through most stretches, so unless you’re on the river during the warmest hours of the day, we recommend focusing on the soft water. Outer seams, banks, slack water, tailouts and slow pools/runs are great places to target. Hopper droppers and dry fly setups are ideal when targeting the banks. Amy’s Ants, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute PMDs and Parachute Adams will attract trout looking up. During the middle of the day, trout will slide towards the middle of the river, but you’ll need heavy nymph rig to fish the fast water effectively. Start with one large split shot and add more if you’re not seeing any action. Large and/or flashy patterns are attracting attention right now. Think Pat’s Rubber Legs, UV Scuds, Electric Caddis, Copper Johns, Flashback Pheasant Tails and Rainbow Warriors. These are great lead patterns for your nymph rig. Trout were keyed in on baetis emergers last weekend, favoring the patterns with flash. Olive Sparkle Wing RS2s and Barr’s Emergers were the MVPs. We saw some solid evening hatch activity but didn’t find trout feeding on the surface.

    • 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), Parachute Trico (#22-24), 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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