Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: Clear
Current Fishing Conditions:
April Fishing Report for South Platte at Deckers
As of the start of the month, both Cheesman Canyon and Deckers continue to be fishing exceptionally well. The flows continue to be between 100-150 CFS and we predict that will remain the case for the month. The river is fishing well from the outflow all the way through the Nighthawk Hill area downstream of Deckers. April is prime baetis season on both these stretches and look for noses to be breaking the surface around mid-day, especially on warmer days with cloud cover. Some really sizeable fish have been caught back here lately too. Good to see signs of a recovering river!
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 walk you through what to look for and what to avoid!
Insects and Natural Food Sources
Baetis will become more and more the focus in a fish’s diet as we get into the month. Obviously midges too. Little Black Micro Stoneflies are also flying around these days and the fish will definitely take advantage of these as a food source. As fish begin their spawning, eggs will also make up a portion of their diet.
Baetis nymph and emerger patterns Sz. 18-24, Thread Midges Sz. 18-24, Baetis dry flies Sz. 18-20, egg patterns sz 14-18, Midge dry flies Sz 18-22, Scuds (Cheesman Canyon) Sz. 14-16, San Juan Worms Sz 12-14 Small Stonefly patterns Sz 12-16, Smaller streamers (especially if the flows kick up).
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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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