The Deckers section of the South Platte River is a fantastic tailwater fishery year-round. The 8 miles of deep pools, pocket water and riffles will challenge even the most accomplished anglers. 

Thanks to the Cheesman Reservoir with its bottom release, this tailwater is temperate all year around. 

We update our Deckers Fishing Report at least once a month. We try to keep it as up to date as possible. If you have questions, give us a call at any of our locations!

Deckers is also just a few minutes from Denver, CO.


  • #10-14 Chubby Brown/ Olive
  • #18 Black Foam RS2
  • #14 B's Rainbow Warrior
  • #12-16 Elk Hair Caddis
  • #18-22 Chocolate Thunder Black
  • #18- 22 D-Midge

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Deckers Fishing Report Date: July 2nd, 2020

Deckers is still sitting right around 86 CFS flows wise. Fish are going to be wising up now, and you’ll really want to focus on your stealth and finesse in such tight water. Stick to 5-6x tippet and smaller indicators. These fish are smart and have seen plenty of pressure recently, so make sure to be sneaky when approaching your favorite runs. 

With low water like this you will be able to sight fish in many areas. Watch for the fish’s eating habits and figure out where they are eating in the water column. Dry-droppers are always a safety net in flows like this but more shallow nymph rigs will be sure to put fish in the net as well. 

PMD’s are begining to hatch on the South Platte down at Deckers so make sure to watch for any surface action. A Vis-A-Dun, Parachute PMD, or an Elk Hair Caddis are all safe bets as a lead dry fly. Behind that a small Juju Baetis, RS2, or Rainbow Warrior is sure to bring in some great subsurface action. Make sure to vary your amount of split shot and change up your flies often, especially when sight fishing. 


Despite the low flows, Deckers has still been fishing great. Watch the water temps as the day goes on. Get out early and try the best to get away from the big crowds we’ve been seeing down there. 

Deckers / South Platte Access Points

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