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December Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers and Cheesman Canyon
Hard to beat the South Platte through Deckers as a great close-to-home option in December. As of the start of the month both sections are fishing well, with flows at lower winter-like levels. Take the time to sight fish and you will likely be nymphing most of the day. In the warmer parts of the day, very small BWO’s and midges have been hatching and offer great opportunities for mid day dry fly opportunities. Keep it simple during this time of year. Fish are in the slower, deeper water for the most part and only keying on a few food sources.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Midges, BWO’s and the sporadic egg will make up the majority of any fish’s diet during December. In Cheesman Canyon, scuds will be added to the mix, especially if flows elevate.
Thread midges sz. 18-24, BWO nymph and emerger patterns sz. 16-24, egg patterns sz. 12-14,
Midge imitations sz. 18-22, 18-24, Baetis nymphs, emergers and dries sz. Streamers sz. 4-10, San Juan worms, Scuds in Cheesman sz. 16-18. Baetis nymphs, emergers and dries sz. 16-22, Midge imitations sz. 18-22, Streamers sz. 4-10, San Juan worms, Scuds in Cheesman sz. 16-18. 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, Para Extended Body BWO sz. 18-22,
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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