South Platte: Dream Stream

Weekly Overview:

October 22, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Advanced

  • The story on the Dream Stream is largely the same as last week. Lake run browns and kokanee are in the system and while that has led to fantastic fishing, it comes at a cost, heavy angling pressure. While the most productive fishing window is 10 am – 4 pm, anglers looking for solitude should consider hitting the river earlier. During the morning, trout are keyed in on small (#22-24) midge larva and pupa patterns. Jujubee Midges, Top Secrets, Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, Rojo Midges and red Zebra Midges are great options. After 11 am, baetis patterns will receive attention (JuJu Baetis, RS2, Chocolate Foam Back Emerger, Mercury Pheasant Tail). In addition to midges and baetis, red nymphs, eggs, worms and leech patterns are great lead attractor patterns. Unless you see trout holding in tailouts or along outer seams, your best bet is to focus on the pronounced pools, runs, transitions and pockets. Trout are on high alert right now, so they’ll favor holding positions that offer them protection. Stripping a Sparkle Minnow or Woolly Bugger is a productive alternative if nymphing isn’t getting the job done. As always during the fall, please keep an eye out and avoid redds.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: 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), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Rojo Midge (#22-24), Pat's Rubber Legs, Mayer's Mini-Leech, eggs, San Juan Worm, black/olive Slumpbuster.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Parachute Trico (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) 

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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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