Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: Clear
Current Fishing Conditions:
May Fishing Report:
With flows hovering around 35cfs, expect fishing to be tough on the Dream Stream. Deep pools and runs are the locations to focus your efforts, with small tippets and leaders being key to success. All in all, we would suggest looking else where for a day on the water, the Arkansas for example is a equal drive away from Denver and has been fishing off the charts.
Be wary this month of spawning beds (called redds) throughout this stretch of river. Please do not fish to actively breeding fish and be wary when wading shallow pea gravel looking for redds. If you would like to better understand how to identify redds or spawners when fishing, call the shop. We’re happy to educate!
5/17/13 Update: fishing has remained productive on the Dream Stream, as the resident fish are still actively feeding during this post-spawn period. The low flows make stealth along with light leaders and tippets a must. These conditions make fishing more of a hunting excercise, where you need to be sure the fish isn't aware of your presence before you present the fly to them. Once flows begin to rise, expect fishing to become much more productive.
Insects and Natural Food Sources
With the Rainbows and Cutthroat trout spawning, eggs are going to be a big protion of the fishes diet through April. Baetis will become more and more the focus in a fish’s diet as we get into the month in addition to Midges
Peg Eggs, Scuds, Morrishs Anato-May sz. 16-20, Bead Wing Midge sz. 20-24, Black Beauty sz. 18-22, RS2 sz. 18-22, Tungsten Poison sz. 18-22, Barrs Emerger sz. 18-22, Rainbow Warrior sz. 18-22, Winter Baetis sz. 18-22, Adult Midge sz. 18-22, Griffiths Gnat sz. 20-22, Para Extended Body BWO sz. 16-24
The Dream Stream, also know as the Charlie Meyers Recreation Area, is the most well known section of the South Platte River, if not the most famous in the State of Colorado. Positioned between Spinney and 11-Mile Reservoirs, The Dream Stream is a notorious stomping ground for anglers looking to catch trophy rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. Located in South Park, CO, this section of river is a meandering stream that flows through a high desert prarie. This makes it a great destination for beginner anglers, as there isn't much growth around the river to get caught up on. But be warned, as the "open" nature of this river also makes it vulnerable to the epic winds that can hammer South Park year round. Also be warned that The Dream Stream is also a very popular anging destination for private anglers and outfitters, so don't expect to be the only angler there on any given day.
Fall is upon us and the Browns have moved into the Dream creating a fisherman frenzy in the South Park Valley. The Browns are in and actively chasing streamers and eating egg patterns. You will see a lot of people up there so be prepared to do some serious walking and move around other anglers.
Nymphs: Eggs, Scuds, Morrishs Anato-May 16-20 , Bead Wing Midge 20-24, Black Beauty 18-22, RS2 18-22, Winter Baetis 18-22
Dries: Idyl's Challenged Pheastant Tail 16-20, Adult Midge 18-22, Griffiths Gnat 20-22, Para Extended Body BWO 16-24
Streamers: Sex Dungeons, Sasquatchs, Mohair Leaches, Thin Mints, Circus Peanuts