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Where to Go South Platte River – Dream Stream

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Updated 7/21/2021

 The flows seem to be sticking at around 150 cfs. These are decent flows for south park but wish it was a bit more.  While there seems to be fewer fish in the system, the fishing has been decent.  Be mindful of water temps up in South Park as Spinney reservoir is already pretty warm and that water won't offer much relief to the fish. Still tread lightly and be mindful of the water temps, avoiding fishing when the water temperature reaches 66 and above.

It's hard to say what the rest of the summer will look like regarding flows. Keep an eye on the water levels in Spinney. If it starts receding rapidly, expect a clamp down on the flows.

The fish are starting to spread out a little more evenly throughout the Dream now that the flows are higher, as the previous low flows forced fish to pile up in the deeper runs.

The bugs have been a lot of BWOs, Tricos, caddis, and midges. PMDs are also making a good appearance.

Effective Patterns


Juans 180 trio, black vis a duns, Caddis larva,  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, Barrs emergers, Barrs PMD emergers,  Jedi Master, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and black), cheesman emergers, ice emergers, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-24


Griffiths gnat (20-24), smokejumper baetis, trico vis a dun, Juans 180 trico, Matts Midge (22), smokejumper (22), Mole Fly (20-24), Sparkle duns, comparaduns


Slump busters in darker colors or natural, Baby Gonga, and Mini Dungeons. Lighter colors or straight black 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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