Deckers Fly Fishing Report
Last Update: 9/10/16- The South Platte River near Deckers has been fishing decent but it is entirely dependent on flows. The low flows on the North Fork have Denver Water sending heavier flows downstream through Cheesman dam to make up for the water lost. Early mornings are still seeing consistent trico hatches with mixed-in Pseudo Baetis and a handful of large spruce moths. The fish will be looking up if the flows remain low but if the dam is ripping they are tending to want to stay down. Around noon, the trico spinner fall will really die down. At this point, I tie on a team of nymphs ( usually a worm followed by an emerger such as an RS2 or Chocolate Foamback). Focus on the riffles and deeper water adjacent to riffled areas. Afternoon is a great time to fish bigger Hoppers, Caddis and Yellow Sally dries. Cover lots of water! If one area is not producing good numbers, move up to the next to find another group of feeding fish.
- Flow: 394 cfs
- Wind: 0 MPH
- Temp: 43.1 °F
- High/Low: 75/47
- Flow: 393 cfs
- Wind: N/A MPH
- Temp: N/A °F
While a tailwater by definition, the Deckers section of the South Platte is another example of a Colorado river with considerable freestone characteristics the further downstream you head. The river holds approximately 4,000 fish per mile and sight fishing opportunities abound. If solitude is a necessity of your fishing, don't head here. This stretch of river is very popular for a variety of reasons mentioned above, however dealing with the crowds can result in some truly amazing catches. Fish over 20" are not uncommon here, and many much bigger than this are taken every year. Whether you're looking for a 22" or a 12" fish here, the same rule will always apply---get a good drift. These fish can be very eager to please, but due to the year round angling pressure, have become very wary of a poor presentation. The upper few miles of this section are definitely the most popular to fish, however anglers should take the time to explore while here. The entire 18 miles from Cheeseman Reservoir to the confluence with the North Fork all hold significant numbers of fish per mile and typically get much more "catchable" the further down river you head.
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On any given day throughout the year, Deckers will produce fish. Winter time will be most productive between the hours of 10am and 3pm when the sun is at it's highest and water temps gain a degree or two. Midges will rule the game through the coldest months but Baetis can be a major player during a warming trend with a few clouds thrown in the mix.
Spring can be absolutely fantastic here. With an increase in water temps will come an increase in feeding activity. The river can gain considerable CFS due to runoff, however typically remains clear. Nymphing will continue to rule the game here but catching typically becomes more consistent throughout the day.
With summertime comes the abundant bug life we all come to love fishing during these warmer months. Consistent caddis, mayfly, and stonefly hatches will all be seen thoughout various parts of the day. Dry fly fishing opporunities can be fantastic given the right conditions and a dry/dropper or hopper/dropper rig can put many fish in the net.
With the onset of fall, feeding will slowly begin to revert back the mayfly and midge game, however some caddis will still be hanging around. Terrestrials can still be a good bet during the early months of autumn as well. The fish will continue to feed with enthusiasm, as long as the all important dead drift is utilized.
River access here is phenomenal. From below Wig Wam (up YMCA Camp Road from Deckers) clear down to the confluence with the North Fork, public access will be the rule. There are a limited number of private stretches throughout here but they are very easy to pickout and are clearly marked. Countless public parking "P" signs line the river banks and anglers will have no trouble finding a place to wet a line.
**One item to note for anglers venturing here for the first time: Cell phones do not work along the entirety of this stretch of river. There are a few pay phones located at the town of Deckers, as well as at some of the campgrounds along the river.