South Platte Deckers
Ronald Rizer

South Platte River: Deckers

Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 7/24, 7/27 & 7/28

Weekly Report

Report DateJuly 22, 2021

Due to stable and healthy flows (200 cfs), Deckers is fishing great. Heavy angling pressure throughout the week and thick rubber hatches on weekends present a challenge, but that’s nothing new. Similar to last week, anglers are having success fishing dry fly, dry dropper and nymph rigs, so be prepared to adjust your tactics throughout the day. The early morning and evening hours typically yield the most productive dry fly opportunities as trout rise for midges and tricos. The hatches that occur mid-morning and early afternoon (PMDs, caddis, BWO & golden stoneflies) can be productive as well but tend to be more dependent on conditions. If you’re fishing during an active hatch and don’t observe rising trout, dry droppers or nymph rigs will do the trick. Use the high water clarity to your advantage and sight fish. This will help you determine the depth that trout are holding. If trout are feeding/holding in the upper half of the water column, go with a dry dropper and trail an emerger/pupa. If trout are holding deep, a nymph rig is necessary. Parachute Adams, Parachute Tricos, Trico Spinners, Parachute PMDs, Elk Hair Caddis and Chubby Chernobyls are good dry fly patterns to have on hand. Elk Hair Caddis, Chubby Chernobyls and other foamy patterns are ideal for dry dropper setups as they tend to be more buoyant than the smaller patterns. Sub-surface, trout are responding to stoneflies, caddis larva/pupa, baetis emergers, midge pupa/larva, leeches, scuds and worms. When nymphing, lead with a larger pattern (stonefly, caddis, scud, leech, worm) and trail a pupa or emerger. Trout are stacked up in pronounced pools and runs during the early morning and evening hours but will spread out into shallower and faster moving water during the middle of the day.

Recommended Flies

River Flow

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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.