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South Platte - Dream Stream - 4/18/23

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
4/5
FLOW
106 cfs
TRIP
Full Day
DATE
Apr
18
WEATHER
55F°
GUIDE

Sam Wright

TRIP SUMMARY

What a day on the Dream Stream! The only thing keeping this from being a perfect day was the constant dreaded "W" that reared its' ugly head as the day went on, almost knocking us off our feet at one point. The egg bite is still strong, and with a bump in flows worms and leeches were getting good attention as well. Fish have room to spread out, and will do so especially as the day progresses. Start deep in the water column and focus in those slower runs. Look for those shelf drop offs at the start of the runs as you'll find trout that are eager to eat and will aggressively strike on your flies. Midge emergers (top secret, manahattan midge, jujubee midge size 18-22) will get you fish in the net early in the day, and don't discount getting some eats on the swing. Leave your flies in the water at the end of your drift for longer than you want to and you'll be surprised how many fish you'll get to eat. Flashback pheasant tail nymphs, size 18, will get some looks as well. Focus more on getting a clean, drag-free drift and you'll get good strikes. The breeze gets going in the afternoon so casting will be tricky. Just get those flies out there cleanly (as best you can) and let them drift through the run, regardless of casting location. Trout are moving into those shallow runs, riffles, and transitions as the day warms up so cover a lot of ground and pick things apart and you'll find success.

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