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Report Date: 7/11/2024


Current Conditions: 

Holy flow drop! We have seen the flows absolutely plummet over the last several days. Flows are currently at 157 cfs which is just about average for this time of year. After near record flows things are returning to normal up here. There are 2 things that should be considered up here right now. One, with the flows dropping, water temps will become a concern. The water in Spinney is already warm, around 65 degrees. With the hot weather forecast, it will be wise to start taking water temps in this area. Read HERE about water temps.

Second, the mosquitos. They are REALLY BAD right now and can make your day very unpleasant. Wear insect shield clothing and be sure to bathe yourself in bug spray. Seriously, no joke. The fish have returned to their normal spots in the river. Begin focusing in the riffles, runs and seams for feeding trout.


We have been seeing good midge, Trico,  caddis, and yellow sally activity on the river. With these flow decreases, we will see the dry fly fishing improve significantly.


Nymphing will still be the most effective method, but we are about to see some fantastic dry fly conditions. Anglers should be prepared for both nymphing and dry fly fishing on a daily basis. This is a great time to really cover water as well.


Short Term-  We are entering an extremely hot period of weather over the next several days. We could see record high temperatures in South Park. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80's up here. A rogue storm could pop up, but for the most part rain chances are also slim during this time. The wind conditions do look great though.

Long Term-  Looking past this coming weekend, we will cool down a bit and return to more seasonal average temps. Rain chances also increase after the weekend and we will need some precipitation after this upcoming hot weather. Temps will return to the 70's next week. Any storms should happen in the afternoons and some of them could be severe. Its always a good idea to watch both the wind and weather forecasts this time of the year in South Park. In the longer term, some forecasts are pointing to sustained hot and drier weather. This could be the start of wildfire season here in Colorado. Please be responsible!

Run Off update-

After about 5 weeks of extremely high flows all over the state, we are finally starting to see things on most rivers return to normal. This runoff season was one for the books.


Go big. Big bugs, big terminal tackle.

This is an area we offer guided walk/wade  trips, please give us a call if you are interested! 


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Our Top 6 Nymphs for Today:

  • Mini leach, sizes 14-18
  • Buckskin, size 19-20
  • Iron Sally, sizes 14-18
  • San Juan Worms, all colors, size 12-16
  • Cranefly larva, size 10-14
  • Barrs graphic caddis, tan, sizes 16-18

Our Top Dry Flies for Today: Not in play today.

  • Mole Fly, brown. Size 22 
  • Neil's BWO, green. Sizes 22 & 24
  • Griffiths gnat, size 22-24
  • Matts midge, size 22
  • Mini Chubby, royal, size 14

Our Top Streamer Patterns for Today:

  • Baby Gonga, rainbow, size 6
  • Sculpzilla, natural, size 6
  • Slumpbuster, black/brown. Size 4


Standard nymph rig set up for the South Platte:

Screenshot the diagram above to reference while you're out on the water!




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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