South Platte: Dream Stream

Weekly Overview:

August 13, 2020: 

  • Difficulty: Advanced

  • Dream Stream flows currently sit at 270 cfs. With flows sitting roughly 120 cfs above the historical average, water temps are stable and trout have plenty of places to hold. With that in mind, don’t be discouraged by heavy angling pressure or feel that you need to squeeze into the big bends and pools that all the other anglers rush into. Fishing the “less desirable” water is a great way to avoid crowds and find unsuspecting trout. Everything from the pockets and riffles to long slow runs are holding trout right now, so cover a lot of water. We continue to see solid hatch activity during the morning and evening with dry fly opportunities in slow runs and pools. Hopper droppers are also effective during these hours when fished tight to undercut banks. With that said, nymphing is the most consistent approach. Trout are feeding on a variety of bugs right now, so make sure to have a variety of stoneflies, caddis, baetis, midge and searcher patterns on hand. A great setup right now is a triple nymph rig led with a Pat’s Rubber Legs or Two-Bit Hooker trailed by a Mercury Pheasant Tail and an Olive Sparkle Wing RS2. Like all other times of the year, depth is important, so if you’re not seeing any action, adjust your indicator placement and weight until you find their feeding lane.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Suggested Flies:

    • Sub-surface: JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20-22), RS2 (#20-22), Barr's Emerger (#20 - 22), JuJu PMD (#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), Caddis Candy (#16-18), Sparkle Pupa (#16), 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 PMD (#20-22), Parachute Trico (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22 - 24) and Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18).

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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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