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Decker’s Fishing Information
The Deckers stretch of the South Platte River is a heavily sought after and highly productive stretch of river located roughly one hour from Denver. It’s proximity to Denver and it’s wade friendly features makes for a great destination for anglers of all experience levels. According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Deckers stretch of the South Platte contains just over 3,000 trout per mile with Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats making up this healthy population. This portion of the South Platte is a tail water section, so depending on the will of the angler, productive fishing can be enjoyed year round. Fishing the Deckers stretch of the South Platte River is arguably one of the most difficult but rewarding rivers in the state. Aside from the hoards of anglers that flock to this river every weekend, it is one of our favorites to fish. It’s close to Denver, incredibly easy to access and can yield trout worth writing home about. Deckers is famous for it’s deep holes and runs but can also provide great pocket water fishing. In the summer and fall, anglers can expect some incredible Caddis and Mayfly hatches that result in irresistible dry fly fishing. In the winter and spring, nymphing is the name of the game. Small tail water midges and Baetis patterns that strain your eyes to look at are the ticket for a productive day.
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River sections and access
- Cheesman Canyon to Strontia Springs: From Cheesman Reservoir (elevation 6,800 feet), the South Platte River descends 6 miles through Cheesman Canyon to Deckers, a world-renowned fly fishing area. The river then bends north for about 17 miles to the confluence with the North Fork of the South Platte (elevation 6,100 feet).
- Buffalo Creek to confluence: The North Fork flows approximately 10 miles east from Buffalo Creek (elevation 6,600 feet) to the confluence. From the confluence, the river flows east to Strontia Springs Reservoir above Waterton Canyon at an elevation of 6,000 feet.
Fishing: The fishery is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In Cheesman Canyon, 3 miles below Cheesman Dam, are Gold Medal Waters (catch and release only). From Deckers to confluence, the river winds through private and public lands, but 14 miles are accessible to the public. Here’s a link to the US Forest Service page, for Decker’s fishing. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recreation/fishing/recarea/?recid=82581&actid=43
Hiking and biking: Check Jeffco Open Space for directions and trail maps.
Portable crafts: Kayaks, canoes and inflatable crafts are allowed along the South Platte River. Kayaking is available on the North Fork but canoeing and inflatable crafts are not advised.
Camping and picnicking: Sites are provided along the South Platte River by the USFS Pike National Forest.
Special events: Require a permit.
Directions to Deckers
- From Denver: Take U.S. Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Drive south on Jefferson County Road 126 for about 25 miles to Douglas County 67 at Deckers.
- From Sedalia: Take U.S. 67 from Sedalia to Sprucewood. Stay on 67 south until you reach pavement at the South Platte River. Go 6 miles south on Douglas County 67 to Deckers.
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As more and more people have been introduced to fly-fishing, record numbers of Anglers are heading to our rivers and streams. With 80,000 new residents moving to Colorado, from 2017 to 2018, our rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs, are seeing a dramatic increase in use. As our sport grows in popularity, so does the need to educate and inform the “New Angler” of the basics! There isn’t much we can do about the growth of the Colorado, and we should welcome the increase of popularity of sport fishing, but we can at least make an effort to educate those that are new to the sport. So, at DiscoverDeckers.com, we’ve asked the top Fishing Guides in the Decker’s and surrounding areas to share their thoughts on a few of the most important etiquette related topics. At DiscoverDeckers.com, have provided this information to ensure that we both respect the space of our fellow Angler’s, and above all, respect our irreplaceable rivers, lakes, and streams!
Question-What is the recommended and acceptable distance to give a fellow Angler on the river or stream?
Answer- When approaching a fellow Angler, from either upstream or down, you should generally acknowledge the presence of each other, and remain at least 150 feet away.