South Platte Deckers
Ronald Rizer

South Platte River: Deckers

Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 4/9, 4/10 & 4/12

Weekly Report

Report DateApril 8, 2021
Pre-runoff is upon us and flows through Deckers are on the rise. While it’s not substantial, flows have risen by roughly 30 cfs and currently sit just below 90 cfs. Flow increases on this stretch are typically a result of Cheesman dam releases but considering Cheesman Flows have held steady, we can point to Horse Creek as the main contributor. Horse Creek feeds into the South Platte just above the Deckers bridge, so if you’re fishing below the town of Deckers, be prepared for slightly off-colored water. If you’re above the bridge, flows are a bit lower and clarity is better. Regardless of the section, fishing is great right now. Trout are active and spreading out throughout the day. Nymph rigs are the most consistent approach right now but if you’re looking to fish dry flies, make sure to have some Griffiths Gnat’s, Matt’s Midge’s, Parachute Adams and Sparkle Duns on hand. 11 am – 4 pm is when we’ve seen the most surface activity. When nymphing, lead with a larger attractor pattern, such as a Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Rainbow Warrior, egg, leech or worm. For your trailer, trout have been responding well to flashback Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, Sparkle Wing RS2s and Darth Baetis.

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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.