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Deckers is HOT HOT HOT right now

Report Date: February 10 2017

I know you guys probably get tired of hearing this from me and I’m sure there are even some of you that think i’m just exaggerating, but the Platte through Deckers is HOT HOT HOT right now. All these warm days have been doing wonders for the bug activity and that translates to some active fish. There is still no rush to get to the river because mornings are wicked cold and the fish you Read More


Black RS@, Graphic Caddis, Prince Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Sponge Bob


Tricos, Hoppers


There are multiple places to park and fish but we recommend and prefer fishing the "Y Camp Road" locations, "Bridge Crossing" and "Deckers" proper, upstream of the bridge.


Flow :1.19 cfs

Temp : 151 ℉

Gage Ht : ft


Perry Park
light snow
humidity: 100%
wind: 9mph N
H 28 • L 25
Weather from OpenWeatherMap



Deckers Fishing Report Fly Fishing Guide

The Deckers section of the South Platte often seems to have been specifically created for walk and wade fly fishing. The waters are typically crystal clear, the river bed is gravel for the most part, and scenery is spectacular. Wildlife seems to greet every angler. The river width is ideal and trout are abundant. There seems to be no better place to fly fish on foot.

There is a variety of water to fish at Deckers. Even the best fly fishermen and women will be challenged with its pocket water, shallow riffles and deep pools. Often it is sight fishing that provides the most success in this section of the South Platte. Hone skills to perfection by focusing on a river section and casting a pattern with a perfect drift. Check the flow before you head out to Deckers. The ideal flow here is between 100 to 400 cubic feet per second.

Concentrate activity to the slowest seams and pools, and watch for fish rising during warmer parts of the day. Choosing the right fly pattern does not seem as important as finding the spots where fish are active and feeding. Vary your locations. After about ten minutes in one area, try another. Work the “walking speed” waters next to larger rocks, riffles and shelves.

Regulations on the Deckers portion of the South Platte are two trout larger than 16 inches, and lures and flies only.

Hatches on Deckers include terrestrials, caddis, drakes, tricos and pale morning duns in the summer, with baetis, tricos and midges making their appearance in the fall. Midges are prevalent in the winter, with blue winged olives, stoneflies, tricos and caddis making their appearance in the spring. Many successful anglers focus on nymph fishing with mayflies and small midges, and 6x or 7x tippets. Patterns in the 22-24 size range like the small top secret midge, Sparkle Wing RS2s and Medallion Midges have proven productive, as have the prince nymph and Black Beauty.


Deckers is HOT HOT HOT right now

I know you guys probably get tired of hearing this from me and I’m sure there are even some of you that think i’m just exaggerating, but the Platte through Deckers is HOT HOT HOT right now. All these warm days have been doing wonders for the bug activity and that translates to some active fish. There is still no rush to get to the river because mornings are wicked cold and the fish you Read More

Geckers is low & slow

You Gotta be a Ninja When Approaching the Runs

Water is low and slow near Deckers these days. Flows are holding just under 100 CFS and the water is gin clear. You gotta be a ninja when approaching the runs so as not to blow up every fish in the hole before you even wet your line. Stealthy approaches and small bugs are the key to success in the clear water. Late morning will show some Blue wings popping but fish seem more keen Read More

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Deckers – August Conditions

Deckers has been fishing great. Slight bump in the flows after the rain we had a few days ago but the clarity has come back and fish are still eating hoppers like it’s their job. Dropper rigs with smaller black two bit hookers or copper johns are the ticket especially once you see the tricos start to hatch. Hopper Dropper Rigs are working well along the banks as well as in the shallow riffles. Be Read More

Rainbow Trout South Platte River

Summer Fishing Conditions

The S. Platte river below Deckers is fishing very well, the caddis hatch is in full swing along with consistent PMD and Trico hatches. If your fishing in the late afternoon, you may even be seeing some Yellow Sally’s coming off. We’re finding rising fish predominately in longer runs with dark gravel bottoms, but keep a sharp eye on banks with some overhanging shade or around logs and boulders in the water. Keep in mind Read More

Decker Rainbow Trout

Deckers Colorado: Early June Fishing Report

The fly fishing on Deckers is pretty good right now. We are finding most of the fish eating caddis larva in the slower water, such as tail outs and eddies right by the bank. Fishing north of deckers seemed to be more productive but the water is a little more off color and high as Horse Creek is still dumping a bunch of water. That being the case most of those fish in the water Read More

May 22nd South Platte at Deckers Fly Fishing Report – Levi Lambert

The water below Deckers is clearing up but it’s still running high (around 500cfs) and stained however much clearer than it was a week our two ago and the fishing has certainly picked up as a result of it Nymph fishing is still going to be the most productive way of hooking fish, think San Juan, pats, leech  or Crane fly pattern for a lead fly, then a combination of beatis nymphs, emergers, and green Read More

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Deckers – South Platte Has Been Bumping Up Daily

After that last snow storm The South Platte at Deckers has been bumping up daily. Clarity below Horse Creek at Deckers bridge is next to nothing. Chocolate milk may sound a bit cliche but I really cant think of a better way to describe the river north of Deckers. If you can get a spot above the bridge you can catch fish on blue wings and caddis larva in the morning and later in the Read More

Deckers Fly Fishing Report April 14th, 2016 – Levi Lambert

South Platte River Fly Fishing Report (Deckers) 04/14/2016   The South Platte River below Deckers has really come alive. The brown stone flies have been molting in significant numbers and there are some great BWO hatches coming off once the water temperatures starts getting into the mid to high 40’s.  Although there is a stain to the water from the recent heavy snow melt, rising fish can still be found in target-able numbers in the mid Read More

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Deckers – Fish Eating Some Bigger Flies

How about this beautiful weather? It’s been a blast heading down to Deckers with fish eating some bigger flies and not having to have to bundle up to the nines. Though there are more people fishing thanks to football over and the wonderful weather, the fish continue to eat though you need to cover ground as the fish are quite spread out right now. Best flies for our MA boys right now are Pheasant Tails Read More

South Platte – Deckers Fly Fishing Report 7/31/2015

The South Platte in Deckers is back in business! 484cfs. The water continues to drop along the South Platte River making for some great fly fishing.  Deckers is slightly off colored so attractor patterns as your lead fly are a good idea. It’s not all that often you get to go discover a new body of water that happens to be your Colorado home water. With the water having reached such high levels some of your go to spots may have changed Read More

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Deckers (South Platte River Section) Description

Deckers is a popular fly fishing destination with Minturn Anglers, as it is the gold medal water closest to Denver. Expect between three to four thousand fish per mile in this section of the South Platte. The average size of the trout here is 14-16 inches, with many fish even larger. Deckers is also one of the fisheries most likely to challenge your skills, all the more reason to engage a fly fishing guide from Minturn Anglers. This professional knows exactly where the trout like to gather, what they like to eat, and what techniques will be most successful. A knowledgeable guide will smooth the path to a successful experience without wasting time. To reach Deckers drive US 285 to Conifer and then take the Foxton Road exit just west of the town. Follow it south to the Platte River, turning left on Platte River Road to where the North Fork and South Platte River join. Turning right onto the North Platte River Road will lead to Deckers. Many anglers consider the best fishing in this section to be from the bottom boundary of the Tee-Pee Club to the Bridge Crossing. Come year round to fish Deckers. Fed by water from Cheesman Reservoir, the water at Deckers is warm in winter and cool in summer. This tailwater at Deckers provides trout with the ideal nutrients and conditions needed for the growth of large rainbow and brown trout, as well as the occasional cutthroat. Read more details on the Deckers 


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