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Where to Go South Platte River – Dream Stream

Current Reports

Updated 10/25/2021

Check out our Fall fishing forecast here! 

Not much new to report on the "Dream"

 Flows on the Dream right now are great for this time of year. Unfortunately, thats where the good news stops. There are some salmon in the system but be prepared to compete with hundreds of other anglers (Seriously)

 For migratory trout, We have not seen anything to get excited about. It seems the very thing that gave this river its nickname is non existent this year.  Over the last couple of years, this "event" has lessened significantly. Until the inlet gets cleaned out, you can expect very low "runs" of fish. There isn't really a great place for them to enter the river. There are far more people on a daily basis than there are fish.

That being said, there are some things we can all do as responsible anglers to help insure the future of this fishery. LEAVE spawning trout alone. Please do not cast to fish on redds, and Please refrain from NIGHT FISHING as it's the only time fish in the system have to recover.

The Dream is fishing fair right now. Cover ground and you will have to work for the resident fish here.

The Fall is a hard season to predict. This area has taken an absolute beating the last few years. Low water, hot water, and unethical angling are all contributing factors to the downward fishing trends here.

The main bugs have been BWOs, Tricos, and midges.

RECOMMENDED Patterns

NYMPHS

Caddis Candy #16-18, Olive or Orange UV Scuds #14-16, Mayer's Mini leach in black or brown #18, Miracle midge #18-22, Black Beauties #20-24, Pale Ale Midge #18-20, Medallion Midge #20-22, Purple Haze #20-22, Blindside Midge #20-22, Money Midge #20-22, Buckskin Caddis #16-20, Red Midge Larva, Mercury Midge #20-24, Jujubee Midge 20-24, Juan's Sniper Baetis #20-24, Barr's BWO Emergers #20-24, Barrs PMD Emergers #16-18, Juan's Jedi Master #20-24, Pheasant Tail #18-22, RS2 grey and black #18-22, Cheesman Emergers #20-22, Stalcups Baetis sizes #20-24

DRIES

Griffiths Gnat #20-24, Smokejumper Baetis #20-22, Trico Vis a dun #20-22, Juans 180 Trico #20-22, Matts Midge #22, Mole Fly #20-24, Matthew's Sparkle Duns BWO #20-22, Comparaduns #20-22, Juans 180 Trico #20, Black Vis-a-Duns #20-22,

STREAMERS

Slump busters in both dark and light colors or natural, Baby Gonga, and Mini Dungeons or similar patterns.

The South Platte River below Spinney Reservoir is known to most local anglers as the "Dream Stream." This tailwater doesn't have many holds over fish and is subject to high wind speeds and inclement weather. The spring and fall have been the Dream Stream's saving grace because of the spawns. Large rainbows and cutthroat trout move into the river in the spring, and Large browns and kokanee salmon move in in the fall. There is no camping available next to the river; however, several great campgrounds are downstream along Elevenmile Reservoir. There is a $9 parks pass fee to park in the last lot below Spinney.

This is an area we specialize and are permitted to guide in, so give us a shout if you have any questions or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis-Endorsed guides show you how best to conquer South Platte River – Dream Stream.

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Distance - 47 miles - 1 Hour 2 Minutes