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Where to Go South Platte River – Dream Stream

Current Reports

Updated 5/4/2021

The flows have remained pretty low and its pretty slow in South Park.  It looks like they will cramp down the flows until Spinney Reservoir gets some more water in it. It's going to be a strange couple months up in South Park.

 BWOs are getting thicker by the day.

The warmer water temps have increased bug activity, and we are now seeing some BWOs enter the mix.

The fish are very spread out, so plan on walking a lot to find feeding fish.

With our current snowpack in the South Platte basin about average, the priority for Denver Water will be to fill all of the reservoirs on the system. Until then, we will see modest flows.

BWOs and midges are making up the majority of the bugs right now.  Nymphing with tiny bugs and light tippet is the name of the game.

Effective Patterns:


Egg patterns, scuds, Mayer's Mini leach in black or brown (18) Miracle midge, Black Beauties, Pale ale, medallion midge, purple haze, Blindside midge, Money midge, buckskins, red larva, Mercury midge, Juju midge, all in sizes 18-22, Caddis Candy (18) Sniper baetis, Jedi Master, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and black), cheesman emergers, ice emergers, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-24


Griffiths gnat (20-24), Matts Midge (22), smokejumper (22), Mole Fly (20-24), comparaduns


Slump busters in darker colors or natural, Baby Gonga, and Mini Dungeons. Green, brown, black, and natural seem to be doing the best right now.

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 $7 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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