Fishing Information

South Platte River - Dream Stream

88 cfs
5 mph
31 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated November 05, 2019 - 2:08pm

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update: 11/5/19-- Cold temperatures and shorter days have arrived- fear not, fishing is still great and will remain that way! Current flows at the Dream are at 51.1 CFS. As always, stealth is a necessity when fishing one of the most trafficked tailwater in the state. Take your time picking apart the various features here and don't be afraid to stay mobile. Brown trout are still in spawn mode- LEAVE EM' ALONE. Spawning brown trout are easy to distinguish from the rest. Avoid their redds (i.e. clear patches of white gravel located in knee to ankle deep water) at all costs! Fishing the deepest pockets and bends have been far more productive. A variety of fly sizes have been working lately, so don't be afraid to think outside box. San juan worms, baetis patterns, midge/caddis larvae, & streamers in a plethora of colors and sizes are always a good place to start. (Think #14-22 for baetis and larvae, and #12-14 SJ worms) Presentation is often more important than fly selection at the Dream.

River Information

This section of the South Platte runs through a large meadow between Spinney and 11 Mile Reservoirs. The Dream Stream is roughly 3 miles of public trout water with average fish in the 14-18" range with fish over 20" not uncommon. At times of the year, much larger fish enter the system from 11 Mile Reservoir. Due to the location of this stretch, it can take on some nasty winds and quick weather changes, be prepared.

Seasonal Conditions

Throughout the Spring and Summer, this river fishes great with all types of applications. Dries in either terrestrial or smaller specific dries can be extremely effective in the warmer months. Nymphing will take fish year round. Streamers can be a great time on those overcast or poor weather days. In winter this river is still very alive, but it is a nymph fisherman's game. Small midges and baetis are the ticket in those low, clear and cold waters of winter. In the fall and spring please be mindful of fish on redds. Although it can be very tempting to cast to a trout over 24" in a foot of water please skip those and hit the deep pools and runs adjacent to them (hint: there is likely just as large or larger trout hanging in those deep sections).

Additional River Information

South Platte River below Spinney Reservoir (Dream Stream)

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 88 cfs
  • Wind 5 mph
  • Temp 31 °F
  • High/Low 31/20

River access

There are 5 locations to park at the Dream Stream. The most popular is going to be right at the river crossing on Thirtynine Mile Road. For this just keep an eye out on the right, just before crossing the river. There are two more lots just after crossing the river on Spinney Mountain Access Road for the upper reaches of the river. The last two are in state parks and require a park pass or daily fee. You can enter the uppermost reaches of the river through Spinney Mountain State Park or the lowest reaches in 11 Mile State Park by the inlet.

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