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.


  • #18-22 Trico Spinner Male
  • #16-20 Pheasant Tail
  • #18-22 Sparkle Dun PMD
  • #14-18 Yellow Sally
  • #10-12 Tan and Brown SJW
  • #14-16 Amy's Ant

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Deckers Fishing Report Date: Aug 12th, 2019

 Normal summer flows appear to be on the horizon for Deckers. Flows have been dropping fast and are currently holding at 315 cfs. With the drop-in flows, water clarity has greatly improved, and the fish have become highly selective and weary of anglers. In the early morning’s anglers would be wise to employ stealthy tactics as fish will be holding tight to the banks and are easily spooked by shadows and heavy boots. As the day warms look for fish holding in the faster riffles which provide cooler and more oxygenated water along with emerging insects.

 Right now, the fish are being extremely selective, and we are seeing everything from PMD’s, Caddis, Yellow Sally’s, and the occasional Golden Stoneflies. However, the fish seem to be keying in on the late morning Trico’s. As a result, we are finding better success on smaller flies. A drowned Trico spinner under an indicator with a pheasant tail or PMD in the #18-20 range seems to be the ticket. We recommend this set up, a 7.5ft 4x leader tapered down to 5x fluoro tippet. With that said, despite the spooky fish and smaller tippet don’t shy away from getting your flies down. The key to Deckers is proper weight and our success is coming in the bottom third of the water column with 2 BB’s attached.

Deckers / South Platte Access Points

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