Overall River Rating:

3/5

Dream Stream Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update: 2/4/16- The Dream Stream is in full on winter mode with the majority of fish relocating towards the deep, slow water. Focus on these areas, as well as the shelves, rock gardens, and riffles directly adjacent. Fish will often move into these shallower locations to feed during the warmer parts of the day. These areas can provide some phenomenal sight fishing opportunities so always make sure to spend a minute or two scanning the shallows before wading out and fishing the deeper water. From a fly perspective, a worm, egg, stonefly or scud trailed by a small midge or baetis nymph (sz 18-22) should be all it takes. Be sure to use plenty of wait and set the hook often as many of the strikes you get this time of year will be very subtle. As is always the case with South Park in the Winter. Pick your day wisely. We've been hearing reports of some pretty crazy weather there lately with temps falling well below zero.

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

Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Tricos, Terrestrials, Stoneflies, Small Streamers

Fall: Mayflies, Tricos, Terrestrials, Midges, Streamers


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.