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South Platte - Deckers - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Mid Day #18-#24 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
Winter Stones Morning #16-#20 TC Stone, Hot Spot Stone
February Midges Mid Day #18-#24 Mercury Midge, Flossy Worm
Winter Stones Morning #16-#20 Buckskin, Pheasant Tail
March Midges Mid Day #18-#24 Copper John, WD-40
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-#22 Sparkle Duns, RS2
April Midges Mid Day #18-#24 RS2, Disco Midge
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-#22 Foam Wing Emerger, Adams
May Caddis Afternoon/Evening #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis, Peacock Caddis
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-#22 JuJu Baetis, Radar BWO
June Golden Stones Afternoon #8-#12 Yellow Sally, Stimulator
Pale Morning Duns Afternoon #16-#20 Fluttering PMD, Parachute PMD
July Caddis Afternoon/Evening #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Terrestrials All Day #14-#20 Dave’s Hopper, Fat Albert
August Terrestrials All Day #14-#20 Chernobyl Ant, Parachute Hopper
Tricos Morning #20-#24 Trico Spinner, Indicator Spinner Trico
September Tricos Morning #20-#24 Trico Spinner, CDC Trico Dun
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-#22 Punch Buggy, Baetis Cripple
October Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-#22 Vis-A-Dun, Pheasant Tail
Midges Mid Day #18-#24 Jujubee Midge, Cream Miracle Midge
November Midges Mid Day #18-#24 UV Midge, Top Secret Midge
Winter Stones Morning #16-#20 20 Incher Stone, Nitro Caddis Pupa
December Midges Mid Day #18-#24 Flashy Midge, Mercury Midge
Winter Stones Morning #16-#20 Tung Teaser, Coffee's Sparkleminnow

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The South Platte – Deckers is an angler’s paradise with plenty of spots ideal for fly fishing. Here are some of the best areas:

  • Deckers Chute: This spot, accessible through an easy hike, offers optimal chances to catch brown and rainbow trout.
  • Night Hawk Hill: Located just a few miles upstream from Deckers town, this site provides large boulders and deep holes perfect for fly fishing.
  • Scraggy View Picnic Ground: Featuring a long fishing dock and scenic picnic area, it’s the perfect spot for all-day fishing trips.
  • Bridge Crossing: Less than a mile upstream of Deckers, this spot offers plenty of fish in deeper waters.
  • Willow Bend: Access this spot from the Gill Trail, it encompasses a variety of great rock structures for large trout.

Remember to respect all fishing regulations and private properties around the South Platte – Deckers area.

Best Access Points

The South Platte – Deckers is known for its prime fly fishing locations. Here are the best access points:
  • Deckers Corner: Found at the junction of CR126 and CR67, this spot offers plenty of room for casting.
  • Bridge Crossing: Just downstream from Deckers, it boasts easy river access, but tends to get crowded.
  • Scraggy View Picnic Area: Offers riverside picnic tables and easy access to prime fishing spots.
  • Night Hawk Hill: Located just beyond Scraggy View, this hill provides an elevated view plus river access.
  • Willow Bend: A more secluded spot upstream of Deckers. Perfect for those seeking solitude while fishing.
  • Horse Creek: Located just beyond Willow Bend, it offers a mix of small rapids and calm waters, perfect for fly fishing.
Remember, all these spots require a valid fishing license.

Local Fish

  • Trout
    1. Rainbow Trout – Known for their vibrant colors and the distinctive “rainbow” strip along their sides, they’re commonly found in the South Platte – Deckers.
    2. Brown Trout – These fish sport lovely golden-brown scales, and their size and cunning make them an exciting challenge for fly fishers.
    3. Brook Trout – They are smaller, but their beautiful colors and patterns make them a joy to catch and release.
    4. Cutthroat Trout – Named for the distinctive red marks on their lower jaws, these trout are a local favorite.
  • White Sucker – These are not the most glamorous fish, but their size and strength can make them quite a challenge to land.
  • Mountain Whitefish – These fish can be quite elusive, which makes landing one an exciting accomplishment.
  • Longnose Dace – These small fish are plentiful in rivers and streams, making them a good choice for beginner fly fishers.
  • Stonecat – These slender, nocturnal fish can provide quite an adventure for nighttime fly fishing.

About The River

Learning about the South Platte – Deckers area brings us to the beautiful sounds of roaring rivers and the serene sights of lush forests. Nestled in southern Jefferson County, Colorado, the vicinity was named after its first postmaster, Charles Decker.

  • This untouched haven has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s.
  • Deckers became a primary lumber source, housing around four sawmills.
  • The logging business thrived until the 20th century when the area transitioned to tourism.
  • Now, the soulful murmur of the South Platte River against the woodland backdrop makes it a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. It provides the ideal setting for fishing (being a renowned gold medal trout fishery), camping and hiking. South Platte – Deckers, with its charming past and scenic beauty, invites all visitors to explore its cherished trails and vibrant waters. So why wait? Dive into history, and embrace the wonder of nature in this magical place.

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