Fishing Information

South Platte River - Dream Stream

Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated June 14, 2019 - 2:14pm

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update: 6/14/19 -- Flows on the Dream Stream are up to 426cfs with a steady climb happening. Current fishing conditions on the dream stream are still fantastic. We have been finding more and more fish moving into the riffles every day. Our go to nymphing set up has been a leech as the lead fly, followed by a buckskin or electric caddis, then either a pheasant tail or juju baetis. Using a 9ft, 4x leader and 4x tippet will give you enough pulling power to land fish but will be just subtle enough to fool the bigger fish. The toughest times to be successful on this stretch of river are always those bluebird days. Make sure to keep a low profile when sight fishing and try to avoid walking on the high banks as much as possible. Make sure you are continuously adjusting depth and weight to correspond with each different run you fish. If you have the itch to throw steamers, try to plan your trip to the dream stream on an overcast day. Top producing streamers are going to be the Boogieman, Krafts Kreelex, and Dirty Hippies. If you have any further questions regarding the dream stream, feel free to give us a call at 303-733-1434 or send us a live chat on our website.

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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

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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