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Deckers (Section of the South Platte River)

south platte deckers fallThe Deckers section of the South Platte River is a super place for all season fishing. The 8 miles of deep pools, pocket water and riffles will provide all the challenges you need for bragging rights later.

Thanks to the Cheesman Reservoir with its bottom release, this tailwater is temperate all year around. That’s a perfect environment for those rainbow and brown trout to grow to trophy size. You don’t have to search for fish; you just have to know how to catch them. There are reports of an incredible 7,000 rainbow trout per mile in these waters.

The fly fishing opportunities the last few years have been all the more phenomenal when you consider the struggle it has been for this stretch of river to recover from the huge fire and then floods of 2002. Over time, the debris has cleared or even been repurposed as material for caddis to make cases. Nothing is ever wasted in nature!

If you’re not around when the fish are rising to caddis, a tandem nymph rig is a great standby. Throwing big dry flies and streamers works well in the summer months. Just remember this is Gold Medal fishing so the rule is artificial lures and flies only. Check the details for catch and release or bagging as it changes along this section.

This world renowned fishery from Trumbull, past Deckers up to the private waters of the Tee Pee Club will stretch your technical expertise for trout fishing, but is well worth the effort. There are plenty of parking areas, pit stop facilities, and even a local campground. There are also often crowds of fishers so, if you’re into quiet meditation while fishing, choose your time wisely. The winter months are incomparable for being at one with the river.

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