South Platte: Deckers

Weekly Overview:

February 24, 2020: 


  • Technicality: 4/5

  • With the recent increase in flow, trout have responded well to scuds (pink/green), leeches and larger searcher patterns. These patterns are great lead flies on your nymph rig. Below one of those, trail a midge larva pattern followed by a pupa/emerger. When it comes to your larva pattern, keep it simple with a blood midge, Miracle Midge or thread midge. For your trailer pattern, Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wings and Black RS2s have been hot. Midge hatch activity has been picking up in the early afternoon on warmer days, so keep a few Griffiths Gnats and Parachute Adams close by. Trout are becoming a bit more adventurous but for the most part, the soft water is the place to be. Target banks, slack water and shallow runs in the morning. In the afternoon, fish the runs, outer seams and head of runs.

  • Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, 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), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Manhattan Midge (#22-24), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 26).

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Credit: U.S. Geological Survey 
Department of the Interior/USGS

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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