South Platte Deckers
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South Platte River: Deckers

Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 8/8, 8/10 & 8/11

Weekly Report

Report DateAug. 4, 2022

Not much has changed on the South Platte at Deckers since last week. Flows remain in the mid 100 cfs range and we’re still eagerly waiting for a material increase in flow once Cheesman Reservoir reaches capacity (currently at 98%). Trout are regularly spreading out depending on the time of day and hatch schedules. Softer water (pools, slow runs, banks, tailouts) are holding trout during the early hours. These sections are where most surface feeding fish will hang out. Trout will seek faster moving water such as riffles, transitions, pockets and runs as air/water temps rise or to feast on emerging bugs. Nymphing or fishing hopper droppers through this water has been deadly and a lot of fun. Most of the hatch and surface activity is occurring between 8 am and 2 pm, so be prepared to fish midge, mayfly, caddis and stonefly dries during this time. Water temps are surprisingly cool right now, so if you’re looking for more consistent hatch activity, fish downstream of Trumbull. Caddis and stoneflies will be more abundant in the lower sections as well. Griffiths Gnats, Parachute Tricos/trico spinners, Sparkle Duns, Elk Hair Caddis and Chubby Chernobyls are good patterns to have on hand. Sub-surface, a variety of large and small offerings are getting attention. You can’t go wrong leading with a stonefly nymph, worm, leech, caddis larva or searcher/attractor. Heavy and moderate rain in the immediate forecast will make San Juan Worms and Squirmy Worms particularly productive. For your trailer, midge pupa and baetis emergers are the most consistent. Think Zebra Midges, Mercury Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, black/olive RS2s, JuJu PMDs and Blue Poison Tungs. If you see caddis flying around, Sparkle Pupas and Graphic Caddis should have a place on your setup. Water clarity is high right now but if the forecast holds true, the water will receive some color below the Horse Creek confluence (located at Deckers bridge) and clarity will decrease. Worms and patterns with flash will be ideal in this scenario.

Recommended Flies

River Flow

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Detailed River Info


The Deckers stretch of the South Platte River is a heavily sought after and highly productive stretch of river located roughly one hour from Denver. It's proximity to Denver and it's wade friendly features makes for a great destination for anglers of all experience levels. According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Deckers stretch of the South Platte contains just over 3,000 trout per mile with Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats making up this healthy population. This portion of the South Platte is a tail water section, so depending on the will of the angler, productive fishing can be enjoyed year round.


Fishing the Deckers stretch of the South Platte River is arguably one of the most difficult but rewarding rivers in the state. Aside from the hoards of anglers that flock to this river every weekend, it is one of our favorites to fish. It's close to Denver, incredibly easy to access and can yield trout worth writing home about. Deckers is famous for it's deep holes and runs but can also provide great pocket water fishing. In the summer and fall, anglers can expect some incredible Caddis and Mayfly hatches that result in irresistible dry fly fishing. In the winter and spring, nymphing is the name of the game. Small tail water midges and Baetis patterns that strain your eyes to look at are the ticket for a productive day. 

River Access

The Deckers section of the South Platte river is easy accessed from many locations. Anglers can drive along County Road 126, search for an appealing section of river and find a place on the side of the road to park. If you're not interested in searching for your own stretch of river, the intersection of County Road 126 and County Road 67 is a popular place to park and walk to the river.