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Where to Go South Platte River – Dream Stream

Current Reports

Updated 1/16/2022

 Weather looks to be pretty decent (For South Park) for the next few days. It will be stormy and windy mid week. The flows are very low right now and there is quite a bit of ice from the lower section of Charlie Meyers downstream. At these low flows the river can freeze up very easily. You will see a ton of ice early with some places clearing as the day progresses. The closer to Spinney dam you fish, the better chance of being open water.

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of resident fish around right now. Mornings will be cold and expect to encounter some floating ice on the river on very cold mornings.

Midges have been the staple food source on the Dream. Tiny flies (#22-26) and small tippet (5x & 6x) is the game which is usual for this area in the winter.

Please be sure to keep away from any redds in the river. These spawning beds will produce fry (baby trout) in the spring and are vital to sustaining the fish population.

This area has taken a beating the last few years. Low water, hot water, and unethical angling are all contributing factors to the downward fishing trends here. Be a steward of the resource!

RECOMMENDED Patterns

NYMPHS

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

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