South Platte Deckers
Ronald Rizer

South Platte River: Deckers

Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 3/8, 3/9 & 3/14

Weekly Report

Report DateMarch 4, 2021
The Deckers stretch of the South Platte has been fishing well, due to mild weather. We did see considerable slush runoff last weekend but with mild weather in the forecast, we don’t anticipate slush to be an issue over the weekend. With flows holding at 50 cfs, anglers should be prepared for technical fishing. Delicate presentations and clean drifts will be rewarded, so take your time in between casts. Getting your flies deep in pronounced pools and runs is the best way to get your flies in front of trout. Spend most of your time targeting those sections but if you’re on the river this weekend, don’t hesitate to sample transitions, faster seams and slow riffles. 50 degree afternoons will warm up the water and increase midge activity. As a result, we expect trout to slide into those faster moving sections to feed. Midge pupa patterns such as Mercury Black Beauties, Top Secrets, WD-40s, Jujubee Midges and Chocolate Foam Back Emergers will be hot trailer patterns when trailed behind a small midge larva, Mini Leech, Scud or Rainbow Warrior. Warm weather always draws a heavy crowd at Deckers, so don’t expect to be the only angler on the water.

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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.