South Platte Deckers
Ronald Rizer

South Platte River: Deckers

Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 8/13, 8/14 & 8/18

Weekly Report

Report DateAug. 11, 2022

Cheesman Reservoir finally hit 100% capacity last weekend and now South Platte flows are stable and healthy through Deckers. Cool water temps have kept trout active and hungry throughout the day. Sitting in the mid 200 cfs range, trout are well spread out and feeding at varying depths throughout the day. Hatch and surface activity slowed down over the last few days due to rising flows, but we’re starting to see more consistent hatches and surface activity. Soft pools, runs, tailouts and outer seams are good places to target when fishing dries. With midge, mayfly, caddis and stonefly hatches on the table, trout aren’t overly selective at the moment but don’t slack on presentation. While you don’t need yarn indicators and 6x tippet, a drag-free drift and clean presentation will make all the difference. As far as tactics are concerned, dry fly rigs with midge, mayfly and caddis patterns are effective when targeting rising trout, hopper droppers will attract trout above and below the surface along the banks, and nymph rigs are productive in any type of water. Scuds, Pine Squirrel Leeches, Pat’s Rubber Legs (yellow/brown), Hare’s Ears, Flashback Pheasant Tails, Sparkle Wing RS2s, JuJu PMDs, Barr’s Emergers, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers and Mercury Midges are hot sub-surface patterns.

Recommended Flies

River Flow

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Detailed River Info

Background:

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.

Angling:

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.