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Deckers/Cheesman Flows


The Deckers area fishing reports.

June

The fishing at Deckers has been fair lately. Flows are up around 410 c.f.s. and big bugs and scuds are the name of the game. Look for fish trying to escape the faster water by fishing slow back eddies and areas close to the banks. Try leading with a girdle bug followed by an orange scud or rainbow warrior. A hare's ear would make a great third bug if you're feeling up to fishing a triple nymph rig.

Here are some of our favorite patterns to use right now:

Girdle Bugs (Pat's Rubber-legs) #8-12
Gold Bead Epoxy Golden Stone Nymph #10-14
Grey Sparkle Wing RS2s #20-24
Rainbow Warriors (Pearl & Red) #18-22
Graphic Caddis (Tan) #16-18
Hare's Ear #16-20

April

It’s Girdle Bug time at Deckers.  Before you go make sure you have a few in the fly box.  The flows were bumped up last week to 260 cfs and have been holding steady.  Fish that Girdle Bug with an emerging Baetis like a Barr’s Emerger or JuJu Baetis trailing it.  If you want to triple up try tying on an emerging midge behind the Baetis.  We recommend a brightly colored midge like a Chartreuse Juju Bee.  Make sure you have your dry fly box stocked as well.  The Blue Winged Olive hatches have been very productive.

March

Deckers is benefiting from a flow of 100 cfs, which is well above the monthly average of 55-60 cfs. Fish long leaders with 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet. Nymphing in the morning is most productive with trout sporadically rising to midges during the warmest part of the afternoon. Try leading with a bright fly like a pink san juan worm or an egg pattern, and trailing a u.v. emerger or chocolate foam back emerger behind. A Griffiths gnat might fool the rising trout.

Recommended patterns below:

Chocolate foam back emerger #20-24
U.V. emerger black/brown #20-24
RS2 grey/black #20-24
Purple juju beatis #20 or 22
Golden Stones #14-18
Rubber leg girdle bugs #10-14
Pink san juan worm #12-16

 

January

The flow at Deckers is 105 CFS, this is a much higher winter flow than the historic average of 55-60 CFS for this time of year. At a lower elevation than many parts of the South Platte, Deckers has warmer temperatures, less ice, less wind, but heavier crowds for winter fishing. The fishing has been inconsistent and weekend crowds make it harder to fish the deep holes where the fish are holding. Make sure to use long leaders, small indicators, and fluorocarbon 5/6x tippet. Nymphing in the morning hours is most productive with trout sporadically rising to tiny midges during the warmest parts of the afternoon.

Recommended flies:
Rainbow warriors #20
Red Disco Midges #20-24
Scuds grey/orange #14-16
BWO emergers #20-24
Johnny flash #20-24
Purple Juju Baetis, #20-22

December

The flow at Deckers is currently 157 CFS.
Fishing has been best late morning until dusk. Use a double nymph rig or try swinging a dark colored streamer through the slow bends. Purple and red midges in the #22-24 size range are good winter patterns to use on the South Platte.

Recommended flies:
Slump buster black/olive #4-6
Circus peanut black/purple #2
Red Disco Midges #20-24
Purple rojo midge #18-22
Scuds grey/orange #14-16
BWO emergers #20-24
Johnny flash #20-24

 



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