South Platte flows at Deckers increased by 30 cfs last weekend and have held at 91 cfs since then. Compared to last week, trout are more spread out and eager to feed on larger offerings. Soft water is still where you should focus most of your time but trout aren’t confined to just pronounced pools and soft runs. Outer seams, slack water, tailouts and banks that were too shallow last week, now hold trout. With afternoon highs in the 60’s over the next few days, soft riffles and the head of runs will hold trout as well. Midge activity has been strong and will bring trout to the surface when conditions are right. Griffiths Gnats, Cluster Midges and #22 Parachute Adams are our go-to patterns for this hatch. BWO hatches are slowing down but they aren’t over just yet. Absent surface activity, double or triple nymph setups are the way to go. For a triple rig, lead with a scud, leech or egg and trail it with a searcher or midge larva pattern. Midge pupa and baetis emergers are ideal in the trailer position below your searcher or midge larva. Your trailer pattern won’t change on a double nymph rig but you’ll want to experiment with your lead pattern. We like to start with a classic searcher pattern (Flashback Pheasant Tail or red Copper John) and adjust to a larger attractor or small midge larva if needed. Productivity during the early morning hours is dwindling, so let the river sit until 9 or 10 am and fish hard through the afternoon.
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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.
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.