Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: Clear
Current Fishing Conditions:
June Fly Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers and Cheesman Canyon
The South Platte below Cheesman Reservoir continues to be fishing extremely well, having resisted runoff for the most part. No large flushes from the reservoir have left for clear, fishable water and happy fish. That being said, late May and the first few days of June have been very crowded on these sections every day, given so many Colorado trout anglers are looking for rivers that are in shape. That will likely continue to be the case through June, so everyone be patient out there. That being said, lots of bug life is appearing in both Cheesman Canyon and the Deckers area, and with increased bio-mass in the river, fish are moving into the stronger feeding lanes (i.e. faster riffle water, heads of runs etc.) The caddis are in full force and evening dry fly fishing has been exceptional as of late.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Caddis, Baetis, midges, stoneflies and even grasshoppers are coming out at Deckers. You don’t need to only fish the small stuff anymore!
Caddis larva and pupae patterns sz. 12-18, Baetis patterns sz. 16-22, San Juan worms (especially when flows elevate), thread midges sz. 18-22, stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, attractor patterns such as the Prince nymph, Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail.
Bead Head attractor nymphs such as the Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Copper John sz. 12-16, Attractor Dry Flies such as the Stimulator or Amy’s Ant sz 8-14, Small streamers sz 4-10, Baetis Emerger Patterns size 14-18, Caddis larva and pupae patterns size 12-16, Parachute Adams sz. 16-22, Parachute BWO sz. 16-22, Hatch Matcher BWO sz. 16-20, Tailwater Humpy sz.16-20, Brooks Sprout Midge sz. 18-22, Trico Emerger sz. 18-20, Scuds sz. 16-18, Worms sz. 16-20, Pheasant Tail sz. 18-22, Copper John sz. 18-20, RS2 sz. 18-22, WD-40 sz. 18-22, Black Beauty sz. 18-22, Mercury Baetis sz. 18-20, Tungsten 20-Incher sz. 12-16, Jimmy Legs sz. 12-14, Wired Stone sz. 12-16, Micro Flash Worm sz. 16-20, Unreal Egg sz. 14-18, Copper John sz. 16-20, Pheasant Tail sz. 16-22, Barrs Emerger BWO sz. 18-22, Juju Baetis sz. 18-22, Johnny Flash sz. 18-22, Rojo Emerger sz. (size 22), Parachute Adams sz. 18-22, Hackle Stacker BWO sz. 18-22, Brooks Sprout Midge sz. 20-24, Pablos Cripple Baetis sz. 18-22, Blooms Para Caddis sz. 16-18, Headlight Caddis sz. 14-18, Para Extended Body BWO sz. 18-22, caddis larva and pupae patterns sz. 12-18, Baetis patterns sz. 16-22, San Juan worms (especially when flows elevate), thread midges sz. 18-22, stonefly immitations sz. 6-14, attractor patterns such as the Prince nymph, Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail.
The Deckers section of the South Platte River offers some great close-to-home fishing opportunities. With miles of publicly accessible water, tons of fish per mile, and fishable water 365 days a year, there are many reasons to make Deckers your go-to fishing location. The upper section from Deckers Bridge to the Wig Wam boundary upstream will produce the largest fish, and most fish per mile. It will also tend to have the most anglers, so be prepared for a crowded river most months of the year. Below the Deckers Bridge, fishing will continue to be consistant with nice sized fish but much less pressure. Fishing will remain productive all the way downstream to the confluence of the North Fork of the South Platte just upstream of Strontia Springs Reservoir.
With flows above 150 cfs Deckers is fishing well. The main hatches you will encounter are Blue Wing Olives, Trico's in the A.M, Midges, and the occasional Caddis. When the hatch is off, nymphing baetis, midges, worms, eggs, and micro stones should work. If you get clouds or an overcast day the chance for a hatch on the surface should go up. We fished recently on a very sunny day and the surface action was non-existent.
Nymphs: Tungsten 20-Incher 12-16, Jimmy Legs 12-14, Wired Stone 12-16, Micro Flash Worm 16-20, Unreal Egg 14-18, Copper John 16-20, Pheasant Tail 16-22, Barrs Emerger BWO 18-22, Juju Baetis 18-22, Johnny Flash 18-22, rojo midge (size 22)
Streamers: Slump Buster, Belly Ache Minnow, Sculpzilla
Dries: Nymphs: Streamers:
Tips & Tricks
Try using longer leaders to get better presentations to wary fish
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