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Trip Report | Early November at Deckers

November 13, 2011
Author: Tucker Ladd


An impromptu visit to Deckers proved to be a worthwhile journey.  Pleasantly warm November temperatures proved ideal for coaxing the resident rainbows, cut-bows and browns of this renowned stretch of the South Platte River to feed aggressively, though not consistently.  Nymphing proved to be the most productive method, with any variety of black midges and BWO imitations dominating the trout's diet.  Large black streamers were able to move some fish, including the nice cut-bow shown above.  Keys the success for the day:

  1. Find the feeding fish.  This entails moving frequently and not getting stuck in one area trying to "make" fish eat.  By the end of the day, we were all making 5-10 drifts in a run and moving to the next spot.
  2. Small flies and light leaders and tippets.  I was running a 6X leader and 6X Fluoro all day, and no flies larger than a size 18.  Small mayfly imitations and black midges proved to be the most productive patterns.  
  3. Fish the ENTIRE river.  We spotted and caught fish in a wide variety of areas from slow runs, to deep pools, to shallow riffles.  
  4. Expect subtle takes.  The fish seemed lethargic, and the eats were very gentle.  Set you hook on the lightest movement of your indicator.
  5. When in doubt, throw a streamer.  Big fish eat big streamers, and this mantra proved particularly true today.

Fishing should remain fair to good at Deckers moving forward.  Be watchful of the flows, if they come down don't bother; if they come up, GAME ON!  As always, feel free to give the shop a call for further information.


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