Things are Heating Up!

July 12, 2019

Good Evening Everyone!


Well, we’re smack in the middle of the run-off season! Perhaps a little further than half-way, but high, fast moving water none the less! With the trout moving out of the faster water and hanging underneath the banks, you must certainly have to work for your fish! With flows nearing 900 cfs. in Decker’s, and 835 cfs. in the Canyon, don’t show up ready to wade freely about, not gonna happen! Seriously folks, one person a day dies on a Colorado River this time of year! A few tips, such as not fishing alone, sticking to the banks, and not wading in the faster moving current above the knee, can usually keep you incident free. But, just be careful! In two weeks or less, we’ll see the flows return to their normal seasonal levels. Remember! There’s no lifeguard on duty.

For a complete fishing report and river forecast, be sure to check out the fishing reports tab, provided by our friends

That’s all for now folks!




Summers heating up!

Hey Folks!

Quick update on things around Decker’s, as I prepare another four-course meal! All this in one day you say? Why yes! It’s possible to fish, write, hike, nap, cook, fish again, cook another meal, all while trying to start an advertising company! Life is short my friends, so finding that passion is key! Ok, getting on with the update, I’ll keep things to a minimum. The fishing is good, but as the Denver Water Board continues to hold back the flow on the South Platte, through Decker’s, the crowds are here and the fish are getting hammered! Not to mention the late spawn of Rainbow trout, which hasn’t helped their cause, as the water levels are decreased. The camp grounds are filling up on the weekends, so be sure to reserve your spot, by clicking

Traffic into and out of our valley on the weekends has already proven fatal. Keep an eye out for motorcycles and other cyclist on the roads! The

Jefferson and Douglas County Sheriff’s Departments are pushed to their limits, so please respect one another out there!

It’s about to become the beginning of a popular activity along the South Platte, Tubing, kayaking, and paddle boarding have all become very popular in the Deckers area. If you do come to Decker’s to tube or raft, keep in mind that the flows are currently around 100 cfs. and isn’t a good situation for this activity! Also, private property is just that! Private! Please respect all posted private property signs and avoid trespassing in these areas!

It’s Spring, and the Wildlife is very active! Bears and Mountain lions have already been seen in both the Decker’s Resort area, as well as the Lone Rock Campground and Platte River Campground areas. That’s all for now folks! Be sure to check out the live river flows and current fishing report by my friends at


Run-Off and some quick moving water!

Hey Folks!

In just under 24 hours, we’ve seen a considerable jump in flows, on the South Platte. Currently, we’re up to 586cfs. in Decker’s and the Canyon. Got out there myself yesterday, just prior to the last flow bump, and saw considerable action with Black/Tan Pat’s Rubber Legs. Today, more of the same! Throw that meat! Worms, Scuds, leeches, and the Woolley bugger! Get the full fishing report from our friends at

Here’s a few from the last couple of days! That’s all for now folks, hope to see you out there soon!


May 9, 2019 Spring has Arrived!

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We’re Back! has been upgraded and rebranded! We are pleased to announce our new Brand,! We have been working extremely hard this winter, fostering new relationships with several Non-Profit Organizations, U.S Forest Service, and the Colorado Parks & Wildlife. All designed to bring you the information you need to have a safe and memorable experience in Decker’s, and the South Platte River Valley. If it’s the World Class fly-fishing on the South Platte, or the numerous rock climbing opportunities that brought you to our valley, look no further! We have partnered with to bring you the most consistent fishing reports on the internet! Just click on the “Fishing Reports” tab, and you’ll have a side by side view of both Cheesman Canyon, and Decker’s fishing reports! If fishing isn’t your thing, check out our “Rock Climbing” and “Mountain Biking sections, courtesy of REI.

As a resident of the great state of Colorado for over 20 years, and experiencing the largest wildfire in Colorado history, the Hayman Fire, I felt the need to use this platform to educate and inform the campers, hikers, rock climbers, and anyone else that’s recreating in the area that may be considering starting a fire in the forest, to check the current “Fire Conditions”, by clicking on the tab next to Fishing Reports. As we go forward with this project, we hope that you, the reader, will share our website with others, so that we can protect and preserve this most wonderful of places, for another 100 years!  Well, that’s all for now folks! Hope to see you out there on the river soon!


Chef Chris

Latest Conditions & Fishing Report for Cheesman Canyon-February 17, 2019

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     Man that’s difficult! Waking into Cheesman Canyon and only taking my camera! Time restraints keeping me from fishing, but if I were you, I’d be in the Canyon! This approaching front has got the fish fired up! Just took a nice little walk with the dog and spoke with three Anglers that already had between 3-8 in the net! Small midges, leeches, eggs, and worms as attractor bugs! 6x & 7x Tippet. Conditions are perfect right now, calmest winds of the week, temps only pushing 30, but it’s warm in the sun! Flows remain at 59 cfs. below the dam, with about 60-65 cfs. through Decker’s and Trumbull. Oh! Here’s a bit of information I’d like to share! If you get here and realize you’ve forgotten something crucial to your fishing day, don’t fret! Flies and Lies, located in the Decker’s Resort, at 8570. S.Hwy.67, has everything you’ll need and then some. They have recently added a large amount of new gear, flies, and much more to their store!  As far as the fishing this past week, it was pretty fantastic fi you could deal with the wind. With the increase in temperatures, we saw a great portion of the lower river, areas from nighthawk and up to the “WIRE”,  freed of a large portion of ice, opening up mores area to fish. These sections of the river  are usually great places to fish the first couple of days after  a melt-off , With the absence of Anglers and the abundance of food being released from the melting ice. the fish tend to be active in these sections of the river.  Flow all week, as they have been for several now, are between 59 cfs. in the Canyon, with 60-70 cfs. through Decker’s and Trumbull.  Most of my focus, as you would expect or not, has been in the Canyon. Having access to this World Famous stretch of tail-water at my fingertips,  is truly a blessing. To be able to walk out the door  and be fishing the Canyon in 5 minutes or less, is truly a blessing. I’m grateful for the opportunity to call Cheesman Canyon, “the back yard.”  Earlier in the week we woke up each day with winds that were howling by 8 or 9, with 15-30 mph wind gusts, providing a serious challenge to both fishing and comfort! This pattern continued through Friday, with periods of overcast and sun. Spending quite a bit of time between the Ice Box and Cow’s Crossing, I’ve covered quite a bit of water this past week.   Passing up on the somewhat active fish in near the fence hole and family hole, I tried to focus on the faster moving water, with deeper runs and pocket pools, those with a decent flow.  Making a couple of  runs above and below rocks or medium size boulders has also proven quite effective,with the addition of a  little nymping mud to my rig, in order to get me down faster in the shorter, deeper runs.  The other major change I’ve made this winter,  has been my recent effort  to consistently use flies in the size #24-#30 range! Yes, size #30!  A friend of mine gave me a few of these a few weeks ago, and it’s been a game changer for me in the Canyon.  He’s ties a a couple of the g0-to Canyon bugs, such as the Top Secret midge, three colors of RS-2’s, a zebra midge, and one or two of his own originals,  which I must find a way to obtain!  Really, all I have to do is ask, he’s that nice of a guy!  Anyway, my top bug, or what you regularly hear called the, “attractor bug” has mostly been leech or egg variation, with the addition of the San Juan Worm or even a small Stone-Fly nymph. Specifically, the Pine-Squirrel Leech, has caught equal amounts of fish, as the bottom two flies.  The next couple of days look like they are going to be spent indoors, as a front is heading our way, with some fresh snow to the Foothills and Front Range. So, with that being said, I’ll end this until next week. Be sure to check out the daily posts on our Facebook page associated with the website. It’s conveniently named Here, each day you’ll find a picture of the current weather conditions, river flows, and a snapshot of the current fishing scene,  in Cheesman Canyon and Decker’s!  That’s all for now folks, hope to see you out there on the river soon!


Chef Chris