Overall River Rating:

3/5

South Platte River - Dream Stream

Latest Update: 12/4/14- The Dream Stream is fishable thoughout the winter, however given the fact that there is nothing to protect you from the elements on this meadow stretch of river, choosing your day is highly advisable. This river can get quite frigid and windy. On the calmer/warmer/sunnier days, focus on the transition zones next to deep bend pools to have actively feeding fish pulled up into them. Midges, Baetis, Eggs and San Juan worms should all catch fish.

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.