South Platte Deckers
Ronald Rizer

South Platte River: Deckers

Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 5/11, 5/12 & 5/13

Weekly Report

Report DateMay 6, 2021

Flows increased a bit last weekend and currently sit 95 cfs. While we’d like to see higher flows, this is certainly more comfortable than they were a few weeks ago. Water clarity is intact and trout are spreading out and feeding in various locations throughout the day. With warmer morning temperatures, trout activity and feeding is picking up around 9 am. Trout will favor the deeper water columns but once midge and BWO activity picks up, trout will move up and feed in the upper half of the water column. Riffles, pockets, faster seams and transitions are producing great results after 11 am. Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns and Mole Flies are solid dry fly patterns when targeting rising trout. Larger patterns such as Mini Leeches, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Electric Caddis, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears, worms, eggs and Flashback Pheasant Tails are good lead patterns for a nymph rig. For your trailer, go with a midge pupa before 11 am and after 4 pm. Between 11 am and 4 pm, baetis emergers (RS2s, Barr’s Emergers, Darth Baetis, Blue Poison Tungs etc.) will seal the deal. With relatively low flows and high water clarity, 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet is recommended.

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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.