Information about hiking the Gill Trail to gain access to the three mile stretch of the South Platte River that flows through Cheesman Canyon near Deckers, Colorado.
Join me on a fly fishing trip into the upper tail water stretch of the South Platte River as it flows out of Cheesman Lake into the awe-inspiring Cheesman Canyon.
Take a trip with us on the South Platte River's Cheesman Canyon during the late summer and early winter of 2019, while we fly fish for rainbow and brown trout. Explore both the upper and lower gill trail through the beauty and grandeur of one of natures most awe inspiring fly fishing canyons.
The 10 mile stretch of the South Platte River that runs from the Wigwam Club north to the confluence of the North Fork of the South Platte is commonly referred to as "Deckers." This entire stretch can be accessed by road. River access can be found along S Hwy 67, South and North Platte River Road, and Y-Camp Road. Check the posted Forest Service and DOW rules and regulations. They change depending on what stretch you fish, but regardless of where you are, catch and release is always an appreciated practice.
The three miles of the South Platte river that runs out of Cheesman Reservoir north to the Wigwam Club is known as "Cheesman Canyon." It is a world renowned wild fishery that holds Gold Metal status. Catch and Release only for this stretch of the South Platte; that is if you can catch them. Cheesman Canyon holds some of the pickiest trout in the country.
The river can only be accessed via the Gill Trail which is a foot path that runs the entire stretch. There are two access points to the Gill Trail. The first is the north trailhead located just west of the intersection of Jefferson County Rd 126 and Forest Service Rd 211, and the southern trailhead located at Cheesman Dam off of Forest Service Rd 211.
River flow data for this stretch of the South Platte River is updated every fifteen minutes by the USGS. Click here to view.
Rainbow, Cutthroat, Cuttbow, and Brown:
Expect to catch fish from the 10-25+ inch range.
Deckers has a few services that anglers can take advantage of to include a restaurant/bar, a full service fly shop, a country store, liquor store, and cabin rentals. The nearest gas station is 18 miles from the town so make sure you fuel up before your trip.
Links to accommodations:
Deckers Country Store/Cabins (303) 647-2332
A how-to-tie on a fantastic pattern for the Deckers area. The copper variant is my favorite in the fall!
Huge Decker's Rainbow
Big South Platte Rainbow being released by into the river.
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