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Deckers Fly Fishing Report

Last Update: 5/12/16- I think it's safe to say runoff has started at Deckers. With flows close to 500 cfs at Trumbull, the river is much bigger than we've seen it in a very long time. Visibility is noticeably better and flows slightly lower above the Deckers bridge so if the dirty water isn't your cup of tea I'd start there. The middle and lower river can still fish quite well this time even given the high water. Stick with a little heavier tippet (3 or 4x depending on water clarity) and slightly bigger flies. San Juan Worms, Eggs, Pat's Rubberlegs and Leeches trailed by a flashy attractor nymph or baetis imitation should do the trick in the softer more protected zones close to the bank.

River Information

While a tailwater by definition, the Deckers section of the South Platte is another example of a Colorado river with considerable freestone characteristics the further downstream you head. The river holds approximately 4,000 fish per mile and sight fishing opportunities abound. If solitude is a necessity of your fishing, don't head here. This stretch of river is very popular for a variety of reasons mentioned above, however dealing with the crowds can result in some truly amazing catches. Fish over 20" are not uncommon here, and many much bigger than this are taken every year. Whether you're looking for a 22" or a 12" fish here, the same rule will always apply---get a good drift. These fish can be very eager to please, but due to the year round angling pressure, have become very wary of a poor presentation. The upper few miles of this section are definitely the most popular to fish, however anglers should take the time to explore while here. The entire 18 miles from Cheeseman Reservoir to the confluence with the North Fork all hold significant numbers of fish per mile and typically get much more "catchable" the further down river you head.


Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Small Streamers, Terrestrials

Fall: Caddis, Mayflies, Small Streamers, some Terrestrials

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Seasonal Conditions

On any given day throughout the year, Deckers will produce fish. Winter time will be most productive between the hours of 10am and 3pm when the sun is at it's highest and water temps gain a degree or two. Midges will rule the game through the coldest months but Baetis can be a major player during a warming trend with a few clouds thrown in the mix. 

Spring can be absolutely fantastic here. With an increase in water temps will come an increase in feeding activity. The river can gain considerable CFS due to runoff, however typically remains clear. Nymphing will continue to rule the game here but catching typically becomes more consistent throughout the day.

With summertime comes the abundant bug life we all come to love fishing during these warmer months. Consistent caddis, mayfly, and stonefly hatches will all be seen thoughout various parts of the day. Dry fly fishing opporunities can be fantastic given the right conditions and a dry/dropper or hopper/dropper rig can put many fish in the net. 

With the onset of fall, feeding will slowly begin to revert back the mayfly and midge game, however some caddis will still be hanging around. Terrestrials can still be a good bet during the early months of autumn as well. The fish will continue to feed with enthusiasm, as long as the all important dead drift is utilized.  

River Access

River access here is phenomenal. From below Wig Wam (up YMCA Camp Road from Deckers) clear down to the confluence with the North Fork, public access will be the rule. There are a limited number of private stretches throughout here but they are very easy to pickout and are clearly marked. Countless public parking "P" signs line the river banks and anglers will have no trouble finding a place to wet a line.

**One item to note for anglers venturing here for the first time: Cell phones do not work along the entirety of this stretch of river. There are a few pay phones located at the town of Deckers, as well as at some of the campgrounds along the river.