South Platte: Dream Stream

Weekly Overview:

January 14, 2021: 

  • Difficulty: Advanced

  • Dream Stream flows continue to hold above 100 cfs, which is great for this time of year! Despite elevated flows, fishing continues to be hit or miss. Overnight and morning temps below 20 degrees have led to slow and unproductive mornings, so let the river sit until 11 am or noon. Once the water warms up and the ice and slush clears out from the river, we’ve seen productivity increase but you’ll still need to work for it. Deep and flawless drifts through deep pools, runs and pockets with 6x tippet is required to fool the large trout that we all come to this river for. If you’re not snagging the bottom of the river every few casts, it’s a good sign that you need to add more weight to your line. Adding extra split shot or tying on a tungsten bead nymph will help you get your flies down faster. We don’t typically start with a large lead pattern but scuds, leeches, Pheasant Tails, Frenchies and Perdigons are great patterns to lead with if you’re not seeing results from your double midge or baetis/midge setup. For midge and baetis patterns, you can’t go wrong with Miracle Midges, Bling Midges, Demon Midges, Mercury Midges, Mercury Black Beauties, Top Secrets, Jujubee Midges, RS2s and JuJu Baetis. Making adjustments and experimenting with different setups is tough this time of year because the last thing we all want to do is take our gloves off, but making adjustments will be worth it in the long run.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: 1/13, 1/14 & 1/15

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Miracle Midge (#22-24), Bling Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Rojo Midge (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20 - 22), Micro Mayfly (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20 - 22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), Buckskin Caddis (#18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech, eggs, San Juan Worm, black/olive Slumpbuster.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) 

      • Need flies for your trip? FlyCast has collaborated with our friends at Anglers All ​to package a dozen flies that are hot on the Dream Stream right now - Click here for hand selected flies

Detailed River Info:


The Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area, A.K.A "Dream Stream", is situated between the Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs south of Fairplay, Colorado. This section of the South Platte produces not only trophy worthy trout, but serene views and easy walk in access. 


Fishing this often crowded trophy tailwater can be tricky, especially as the winter progresses. However, as the Kokanee and Brown spawn has come to an end and temperatures continue to drop, the fair weather angler has hung up their waders and stored their rod until the spring. So if you can bear the brute of hand numbing temperatures and what often feels like tropical storm winds, you’re one step closer to a productive day on the Dream Stream. Don't be scared off, however, as the slow meandering water and open backdrop make for an easy cast and fly placement for anglers of all skill sets. Additionally, while colder weather often means sluggish fish, consistent water levels and temperature make for the ideal feeding environment regardless of the time of year.

River Access:

There are a number of ways to get to the Dream Stream. However, If you are coming from Denver, the most efficient route will be to take Highway 285 through Fairplay and continue onto CO-9 South.  Once you have reached Hartsel go east (left) on US-24 E then right on San Juan St, left on CO-RD 59 and finally, right onto Thirty nine mile Road. If you continue on to CO-9 (foregoing US-24 E), there are several parking lots that are visible from the road to the left.

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