South Platte: Dream Stream

Weekly Overview:

December 2, 2019: 

  • Technicality: 4/5

  • Winter is settling in on the Dream Stream and that means icy banks and morning slush. If you look at flow charts, you’ll notice that flows spike overnight and drop during the morning. This is due to ice buildup rather than a fluctuation in flows. To avoid slushy water, we recommend fishing the afternoon hours. You can still catch trout when it’s slushy, but getting your flies down into the water can be difficult. Cold water has also led to subtle takes, so pay close attention to your indicator and set the hook even if it’s a slight twitch. Disco Midges, Mercury Midges, Jujubee Midges, Mercury Pheasant Tails and leeches are productive lead flies. Below that, trail a Top Secret or Black Beauty in the morning and a RS2, Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger or WD40 in the afternoon. If you’re not having any luck, put on a new leader, switch to 6x tippet and add more splitshot to your line. Slow, drag-free drifts are critical this time of year. 

  • Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), RS2 (#20-22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Micro Mayfly (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20 - 22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Disco Midge (#22-24), Rojo Midge (#22-24), egg patterns, Mayer's Mini-Leech, San Juan Worm, black/olive Slumpbuster.

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - 24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).

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Credit: Colorado Division of Water Resources
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Weather Provided by Weather Underground

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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