Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: Clear
Current Fishing Conditions:
February Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers and Cheesman Canyon
At the start of February, the fishing on the Platte below Cheesman has remained strong. Good consistent flows have been key, even in the exceptionally cold weeks this has kept the river relatively ice free and fish active. In the Canyon, scuds, eggs and midges have been very productive, especially in the warmest parts of the day when the sun has a chance to hit the water. Don’t be in any huge rush to get down early. In the Deckers area, focus your efforts in the upper section above the Deckers bridge, where the water is warmest before becoming private by the upstream boundary.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
In Cheesman Canyon, Midge imitations, BWO’s and scuds. The Deckers area, midges and BWO’s make up the main food sources;
Thread midges sz. 18-24, BWO nymph and emerger patterns sz. 16-24, egg patterns sz. 12-14, scud patterns sz. 14-18, Rojo Emerger sz. (size 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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