Overall River Rating:

4/5

Dream Stream Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update: 7/16/16- Dream Stream is finally seeing some water after a long period of low water release. Fish are spreading back out into the rock gardens and the shallow heads of riffles and feeding happy and heavy. I would focus on these areas with very small hopper s and duel dry fly rigs. Amy's Ants and Chubby Chernobyls along with a variety of other attractors have been the ticket in these particular situations. Dropping a flashy bead head such as a Rainbow Warrior or a Mercury Beadhead RS2 can also pull a few fish. I also wouldn't count out dropping a Caddis Pupa or Yellow Sally nymph either. Caddis and Yellow Sally dryfly fishing in the afternoons has been lights out. The fish for the most part have moved out of the deep green holding pools and up into shallower areas.

River Information

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 prairie.  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, the "open" nature of this river also makes it vulnerable to the epic winds that can hammer South Park year round.  Additionally, 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. 



Hatches

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

 

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Shrimp

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

Fall: Baetis, Shrimp 

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22


Seasonal Conditions

The Dream Stream can be fished year round, however given the fact that it sits at over 7,000 feet, can get very cold and windy during the winter. 

The most popular times to fish this river are without a doubt the Spring and Fall. Anglers will flock from all over the country to try their luck at the massive Rainbows/Cutthroats (in the Spring) and Browns (in the fall) that move out of 11 Mile Reservoir to spawn in this 3.8 mile section of river. Fish up to 30" long are seen every season. Kokanee Salmon also make an appearance in the fall and can be quite fun to catch. 

The Dream Stream holds a good population of resident Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout as well. 


River Access

Approximately 2 hours from Denver near South Park, the Dream Stream is very easy to get to and the entire 3.8 mile section between Spinney and 11-Mile Reservoir is open to the public. There are 4 public parking areas once you arrive at the river and they won't be hard to find....as they are very rarely without at least a couple vehicles in each.