South Platte: Dream Stream

Weekly Overview:

June 1, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Advanced

  • Despite low flows, the Dream Stream continues to fish well. Warming air and water temps have led to consistent bug activity. You may find some decent dry fly opportunities in the late morning and early evening, but for the most part, nymphing is still the way to go. Most of the action continues to come from a baetis or midge trailer pattern. Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers are hot during the morning and in the afternoon, you can’t go wrong with an olive/grey Sparkle Wing RS2 or Barr’s Emerger. When conditions are stable, lead with a Pheasant Tail, JuJu Baetis or tube midge. When conditions are in flux, large or flashy lead patterns are a big help. Mini Leeches, San Juan Worms, Rainbow Warriors and caddis larva are all good options. Trout are relatively consolidated right now, stacking up in pronounced pools, runs and transition areas. With high water clarity, walk slowly along the banks because you may find trout hugging the undercut banks.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

  • 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), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) and Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18).

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Detailed River Info:

Background:

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. 

Angling:

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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