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South Platte River - Dream Stream

Report Date: 06/21/2013
  • If you hate Big Browns, then dont go to the Dream.

    Reporter: Trout's Staff

    Flow Conditions:

    Water Clarity: Clear

    Current Fishing Conditions:

    June Fishing Report:

    Summer is a great time to visit the Dream Stream section of the South Platte River.  Flows are generally over 100cfs, making for ideal fishing conditions for the resident trout holding in this river.  There is an abundance of insects hatching, so having an assortment of flies that can "match the hatch" is ideal.  Dry dropper rigs are our favored method of fishing right now, although the die-hard nymph angler will find good success as well.  Keep in mind that with warmer day time temperatures, fishing will generally be most productive in the early morning hours (sunrise to 11am) and later afternoon to evening (3pm to dark).  Fish will be spread out throughout the river, allowing ample room for anglers.

    6/21/13 Update:  Fishing has been quite productive on the Dream Stream lately, and with other rivers across the state starting to come into form, crowds should continue to dwindle.  Flows have been around 170cfs, which is great for the dry fly fishing.  Terrestrials are starting to get the fishes attention, as are caddis and small stones.  Try fishing this area like anyother freestone river, you'll be amazed at the results.

    Insects and Natural Food Sources

    Baetis, midges, caddis, stones, terrestrials will all be on the fishes diet.

    Recommended Flies

    Amy's Ant 10-14, Grillos Pool Toy 10-14, Chubby Chernobyl 10-16, Parachute Hopper 10-14, PMX 10-16, Stimulators 10-16, Royal Wulff 10-16, Parachute Adams 12-18, Parachute Caddis 12-16, Snowshoe Caddis 12-16, Pheasant Tail 14-18, Copper John 14-18, 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

    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 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.

    Seasonal Overview:

     

    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

    Current Hatches:

    Recommended Flies

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