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River: South Platte - Deckers

Deckers....arghh!!

Post By: troutfinder      Posted: 4/21/2022 7:31:49 AM     Points: 780    
So with the warm weather this week i took a day off work Tuesday and decided to break my personal 'never fish deckers again' pledge and go down and fish deckers. I'm sure it's great, but I prefer to catch 20 cooperative trout somewhere else than struggle for a couple there...plus I just don't enjoy nymph fishing so I know deckers isn't the place for me...but it's unseasonably warm so thought I'd give it a shot with a dry and dropper. Surprisingly it was not very crowded...had plenty of water to myself above deckers bridge and I don't think I've ever been able to even fish or park there in past years. flows were high at 240 but 1/2 the river was fishable...just couldn't cross much or get to pockets on other side. I managed 2 pretty early on when it was still in the 30's and could see trout feeding in shallow riffles and it was only going to get warmer would this be the day that broke my personal deckers curse??? ahh, but after less than 2 hours the water started looking off...dirtier, higher, churned up...was i crazy? soon it was no doubt and when i got home i confirmed it...they opened the flows and it went from 240 to 360 the morning i was there, turning it dirty with debris all over the water. my day was over...could have been maybe something special, but oh well. Dumb question for anyone in the know: i understand they can change flows at any time and especially this time of year they are trying to manage the reservoirs for snow melt, but is there a reason, particularly on the most fished river in colorado, they can't just increase flows after 7 pm or something like that? then if we don't see the flow in morning before heading out it's our problem but why kill the day for hundreds of guys right at lunch when we have no chance to avoid it? i'm sure guys still caught fish after, i saw some feed, but it was not great conditions
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Apr. 21, 7:52:31 AM     Points: 2785
While I don't really have an answer that's a frustrating situation for sure. Did you not have your streamer box with you to see if there were maybe some extra bait fish or crayfish in the river along with everything else?
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: Apr. 21, 8:43:30 AM     Points: 780
yeah i didn't think of it...there was so much algae in the water and then chunks floating thru it i think a streamer would have been full of gunk each cast. even before the release i had to get algae off flies every cast.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Apr. 21, 9:13:20 AM     Points: 7391
I don't have an answer for you but I would assume those making decisions about river flow are setting in an office with a computer or two and working a regular day shift time frame. You were just unlucky to be fishing on the day they raised the level, been there done that but it's a rare occurrence for me. At one time I fished the river almost every week so I was bound to hit a change some time. I don't fish it that often anymore so I don't pay much attention to how often they may change the level.
From a safety stand point, changing the level during the day would have the most impact along the river, and changing the level after midnight and before sunrise should have the least impact.
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