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Current Fishing Conditions:
March Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers
March in both Cheesman Canyon and Deckers is one of our favorite times of year for both of these sections. As air and water temperatures warm, fish and bug life will become more and more active. On warmer days, look for Blue Winged Olive and Midges hatching mid-day and flats and tailouts can offer superb early season dry fly fishing. Still focus on the slower and deeper runs as the water is still cold, and you will likely be still nymphing a large portion of your day if you want to maximize your fish potential. Flows have been holding at a great level at start of the month, but we all know that can change on a whim. Still focus your efforts in the middle portion of the day when the water temperatures warm. Later in March or especially if flows elevate, don’t be opposed to slow stripping a streamer. In Cheesman Canyon, scuds have been especially effective due to the great seasonal flows.
Be wary this month especially of spawning fish. Please do not fish to actively breeding fish and be wary when wading shallow pea gravel looking for redds. If you would like to better understand how to identify redds or spawners when fishing, call the shop. We’re happy to educate!
Insects and Natural Food Sources
As it is still early season, fish will primarily focus on midge and baetis as their primary insect food sources. Eggs will become the flavor du jour as water temperatures elevate after we begin getting more spring like conditions. A small percentage of fish’s diet will also consist of micro-stoneflies and scuds (in Cheesman) too. For another recent report from the South Platte River CLICK HERE.
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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