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South Platte River: Dream Stream

Difficulty Advanced
Ideal Days To Fish 8/13, 8/14 & 8/18

Weekly Report

Report DateAug. 11, 2022

Dream Stream flows increased by 50 cfs on Monday. Sitting at 222 cfs, flows are at a healthy and ideal level. Trout are well spread out and feeding at varying depths throughout the day, so move slowly along the banks and do your best to sight fish. Shelves, undercut banks, transitions and tailouts are prime holding positions for trout right now. Hopper droppers and dry flies are producing results when targeting the outer sections of the river. The midge and trico hatch in the morning and evening has been a blast, so if you’re on the river between 8 am – 10 am or after 6 pm, be prepared to fish dry flies. The late morning and early afternoon hours are producing PMD, caddis and stonefly hatches but surface activity is hit or miss depending on weather conditions. If you don’t see trout feeding on or near the surface, nymph rigs are the way to go. Stonefly larva, caddis larva, scuds, leeches, worms and larger searcher patterns are ideal lead patterns. Pupa and emerger patterns such as Mercury Midges, Top Secrets, black/olive RS2s, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers, JuJu PMDs and Sparkle Pupa are our go-to trailer patterns right now.

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Detailed River Info


The Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area, A.K.A “Dream Stream” is a tailwater section of the South Platte River situated between Spinney Reservoir and Eleven Mile Reservoir. The Dream Stream is highly sought after due to its trophy worthy trout, serene views and easy walk-in access. While the cold winter months deter a number of anglers, this stretch receives heavy angling pressure year-round. Fishing during the week or hitting the river early is typically the best way to find serenity. The Dream Stream is known for its healthy population of rainbow and brown trout. During the fall, kokanee salmon run out of Eleven Mile Reservoir and spawn in the Dream Stream, which is unique to only a few rivers in Colorado. During the spring and fall, lake run rainbow and brown trout all make their way into the system and provide anglers the opportunity to land 20 – 30 inch trout.


The Dream Stream is a great river to land your personal best trout, but be prepared to work for it. Similar to other tailwaters in Colorado, these trout are incredibly smart and aren’t fooled easily. Clean drifts and presentations are critical and if you’re fishing when flows are low, stealthy fishing becomes much more important. During the warm months, nymph rigs, dry flies, hopper droppers and streamers are all fair game. Slapping hoppers against undercut grass banks is one of our favorite tactics during the summer and early fall. Streamers are a great way to attract large and aggressive trout. During the winter, micro nymph rigs and streamers are the best approach.

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.