Overall River Rating:

4/5

Dream Stream Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update: 9/27/16- Dream Stream fishing has remained consistent in the recent weeks. It is kind of in a transition period and people are beginning to get Brown Fever here. There are a few lake fish beginning to appear and crowds are also growing. This will be the trend for the next couple weeks so keep that in mind. While nymphing is the most popular way to fish here this time of the year, Hoppers have continued to move some very nice rainbows and resident browns. If you can spot a fish laying in calm water they have been moving to Fat Albert's in a very aggressive manner. Circus Peanuts and Peanut Envys in multiple colors are also producing consistent follows and takes. However the majority of fish from here on out will be caught on Nymphs, plenty of patterns are working - Flashback PTs, Red and Purple JuJu patterns, Red Worm patterns are a few to try.

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. 



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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.