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Where to Go South Platte River – Dream Stream

Current Reports

Updated 1/13/2021

 Fishing on the Dream is just ok right now, and we have noticed a significant decline in resident fish populations on the Dream. Cover ground, a lot of it.  The flows are about average for this time of year. We do expect the flows to recede more as we move to late winter. With our current snowpack in the South Platte basin only at 74% of average, we will need to hit at least an average year to return to normal flows this summer.

South Park can get extremely cold so come prepared for wind and freezing temperatures this Winter. We saw temperatures in the last 2 weeks fall to around -40. Be sure to dress warm in South Park.

 Midges are making up most of the bug activity and nymphing with tiny bugs is the name of the game right now.

Watch out for redds! Be aware of redds/spawning beds to avoid disturbing spawning trout!
Click Here for our recent blog about the spawn and the importance of protecting this resource.

Effective Patterns:


Egg patterns, Mayer's Mini leach in black or brown (18) Miracle midge, Black Beauties, Blindside midge, Money midge, buckskins, red larva, Mercury midge, Juju midge, all in sizes 20-24. Red Copper Johns (18-16), Caddis Candy (18) Sniper baetis, Jedi Master, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and black), cheesman emergers, ice emergers, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-24


Neils BWO (20-22), Almost Dun (20), Griffiths gnat (20-24), Matts Midge (22), smokejumper (22), Mole Fly (20-24)


Slump busters in white or natural, Baby Gonga, and Mini Dungeons. White, tan 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 there are several great campgrounds 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 shot if you have any question or if you interested in allowing one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides show you how best to conquer South Platte River – Dream Stream.

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