The infamous stretch of the Middle Fork of the South Platte between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is known as "The Dream Stream".  This is due to the hefty trout that venture out of Eleven Mile Reservoir and run upstream into the "Dream Stream" section of river.  This section is a typical "tail Water" featuring lots of smaller bug life, clear/cold water, and high fishing pressure.  While you always have the shot at catching the trout of your dreams, fishing here can be somewhat of a nightmare for the newcomer.  Expect heavy fishing pressure, spooky trout, and high winds along with your chance at a trophy trout.  That being said, the Dream Stream is still one of the best trout fisheries in the state.  Glorious views, abundant aquatic food sources, and Gold Medal numbers of trout still grace these waters.

Fishing can be sporadic at the Dream Stream, don't expect to consistently catch fish all day.  Instead, focus on brief hatches that come and go throughout the day.  These hatches cause normally spooky trout to leave undercut banks, and feed on emerging insects while they have the chance.  It can be a good idea to bring two set ups, one for a nymph rig, and one for dries.  Fish dries, a light nymph rig, or a dry-dropper set up during the hatch.  Try nymph or streamer fishing in the deeper pools and back eddies while you are waiting on the hatch. 


 

 

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Current Conditions:

 

River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second)

Flows out of Spinney Reservoir have been fluctuating between 200 - 300 CFS for the past week or two.  Good flows to fish this piece of water. 

 

Water Temperature (degrees F): 

high 30's through mid 40's. 

 

Water Clarity:

There has been slight greenish stain recently, but clarity is still about 4 feet or better.  This is actually benificial for the angler in this spooky tail water. 

 

Current Food Sources:

Baetis, Midges, caddis, scuds, crayfish, smaller fish, worms, and eggs.

 

Flies to Try:

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99

 

Nymphs:  

Natural and Flashback Pheasant Tails size 16-22 | Black Beauty size 18-24 |  Miracle Midge size 18-22 | Tungsten RS2 grey or olive size 20-22 | Demon Midge size 20-22 | Poison Tung black/Green or grey/blue size 18-22 | JuJu Bee Mideg olive size 18 -24 |  zebra midge olive size 18-24 | 

 

Dries: 

 CDC Baetis Dun size 18-22 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO size 18-22 |  Parachute Adams size 18-22 | Wilcox micro Midge black or red size 20-24 | Griffith’s Gnat size 20-22 | Morgan's Midge size 20-22 | Dandelion Midge black size 22

 

Streamers:

 Big Gulp Sculpin black size 4 | Sculpzilla olive or black size 8 | Mercer’s Micro Crayfish rust size 8 | Kraft’s Clawdad | Flash-a-Bugger olive/black size 8 | Pine Squirrel Leech size 8-10 black, or olive | Hale Boop Leech wine size 8

 

guide tip of the week:

 Flows are rising, which could stir up some food for trout such as caddis larva, scuds, cranefly larva, worms, etc.  However Baetis, and midges are still the main hatch currently.  A nymph rig is usualy most productive technique here in higher water, but dry fly action is still possible.  Streamers can also do the trick here, especially when more water is in the system.

Recent Media :

Ben McCormick snuck into the Dream Stream and plucked this long fin brown trout on a Black Beauty size 20.  Must have been the Howler camo that kept him hidden.

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Recent history:

 

A nice Cuttbow taken on an a Baby Rainbow Gonga earlier this spring

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