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Current Fishing Conditions:
June Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers
At the start of the month, the South Platte around Deckers is very high. The reservoir is nearly maxed out and they will likely keep flows up for at least the first week to ten days, if not longer. Fishing even at higher flows is doable, though spotty and varies a lot day to day. In higher flows, look for fish to be pushed to the edges and eddy lines. As we get later and later in the month, flows will most certainly be tapering, and look for fish to be getting comfortable in their traditional feeding lines. For our most recent Guide Service report CLICK HERE.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Caddis, Baetis, PMDs, 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.
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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