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.
Nymphs To Try: natural and flashback Pheasant Tails size 16-22, olive, black, and grey RS2 size 18-22, Big Bear Baetis 18-22, Natural Hare's Ear size 16-20, Buckskin Caddis size 14-18, Black Beauty size 20-22, grey Bling Midge size 20-22, Smith's Tid Bit size 20-22, grey Foam Wing Emereger grey size 20-22, Red Rojo Midge 18-22, Pure Midge fire red 20-24, Top Secret Midge brown size 20-22
Dries To Try: Hippy Stomper charteuse size 14-16, Streambank Hopper size 12-16, olive Matthew's Sparkle Dun size 18-22, Parachute Adams size 18-22, grey or black Brook Sprouts Midge size 20-22, Griffin's Gnat size 20-22, Morgan's Midge size 20-22
Streamers To Try: black, olive, or wine leech patterns, Slump Busters of various colors, Meat Whistle in rust or black, Baby Gonga in Brown or Rainbow Trout themes.
The CFS being released from Spinney Mountain Reservoir has started to rise. So far there has been about a 50 CFS increase per day, and things still seem to be on the rise at about 300 CFS. Fish may be a bit unsettled with fluctuating water levels, but the good news is higher flows make the entire piece of water less spooky. Small baitfish, crawfish, leaches, scuds, caddis larva, small mayfly nymphs, midges, and annelids can all be important food sources at this time.
Spring is the season to chase large lake run rainbows in the Charlie Meyers Sate Wildlife Area. It is also the season to encounter large crowds of other anglers doing the exact same thing, so don’t expect to have the river to yourself. Embracing nasty weather, and high winds can be a good way to get some fishing in with less crowds in this area, as there will be less people on the water and trout will be a bit less spooky. A stealthy approach to any piece of water you plan on fishing is key here, tread lightly and keep a low profile when casting. Midges are still the main food source at the moment, but a few Blue Wing Olives have been starting to hatch as well. Scuds, leaches, crayfish, and caddis larva are always present throughout this stretch as well. Taking advantage of the time periods when bugs are actually hatching is your best bet here, fish become less spooky and feed heavily on emerging insects in faster riffles during these times. Between hatches try nymphing deep runs and back eddies with a long leader and small strike indicator.