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There Are Still Some Hungry Fish

Report Date: November 9 2016

Well the flows down south are looking like a rollercoaster if you check the flow charts but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some hungry fish down between Spinney and 11 Mile. While the Fall is getting into it’s final act before the snow falls and the Winter arrives we want to really stress being mindful of where you are fishing and urge you to leave the spawning beds and any trout doing their business Read More


Fly Name Fly Color Fly Size(s)
Pine Squirrel Leech Black, olive 8-12
Midge Red 6
San Juan Worm Pink 10


Midges and baetis


You can walk into the upper section of river from the Charlie Meyers SWA in which a State Park Pass is not required. For map details, expand the access map in the sidebar.
Dream Stream hungry fish


Flow :173 cfs

Temp : 42.5 ℉

Gage Ht : 1.44 ft


Park County
clear sky
humidity: 36%
wind: 3mph W
H 45 • L 45
Weather from OpenWeatherMap



The Dream Stream is a local favorite, so getting there early as early as possible can be your best shot at landing a few fish.

Dream Stream Fishing report Fly Fishing Guide

The Dream Stream is up to 80 feet wide and more in places, deep, and offers both riffles and seams. The fish in the Dream Stream can be fussy and finicky. so come prepared with a good measure of patience at times and during some hatches. Be prepared to keep on trying, using different patterns and scouting different locations.

Keep in mind that only artificial lures and flies can be used on the Dream Stream, and there is a catch and release requirement for all species. Note too that some parts are closed to fishing between September to December for kokanee spawning.

Winter and spring hatches on the Dream Stream bring out the midges and baetis, and expect caddis, small streamers, mayflies, stoneflies, tricos and terrestrials in the summer. Fall time, expect hatches of streamers, mayflies, midges, tricos and terrestrials. There will be large variety of bug activity early morning, and fish seem to key in particularly to caddis and midges.

Most anglers consider the best fishing on the Dream Stream to be in March through early May, as well as from late September to the end of November. In the spring run, when the lake-dwelling cutthroat and rainbow trout are in the stream, it is most productive to fish the runs and deep ponds. Use streamers, RS2s, egg patterns, blue winger olives, copper Johns, bead-head pheasant tails, tail nymphs, and streamers. Fish the deep pools and runs during the fall runs when the lake-dwelling browns and kokanee are in the river. At this time, it is best to try pheasant tails, egg patterns, midge patterns and copper Johns.

Dream Stream Fishing report FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

Dream Stream hungry fish

There Are Still Some Hungry Fish

Well the flows down south are looking like a rollercoaster if you check the flow charts but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some hungry fish down between Spinney and 11 Mile. While the Fall is getting into it’s final act before the snow falls and the Winter arrives we want to really stress being mindful of where you are fishing and urge you to leave the spawning beds and any trout doing their business Read More

Dream Stream Brown Trout

Dream Stream: Fishing Conditions

The Dream Stream has been fishing well with most of the fish being caught in the morning hours.  Dead drifting Pine Squirrel Leeches and Pink SJ Worms along the deeper bends has been a successful technique, to finding larger trout. Blue Winged Olives have been coming off around mid- day with a fair number of fish eating them on the surface. A small Dark Olive or Gray Parachute Adams (#18-22) have been taking fish off the surface.  The Read More

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Dream Stream – Spinney Mountain Reservoir – Best Choice Right Now

It’s been a crazy year down south and the Dream Stream seemed to suffer due to a lack of water pushing between Spinney and 11 Mile. Finding a big rainbow in the river was a difficult task but don’t fret quite yet because we have been killing it down on Spinney. If you are willing to fight the windy days you can still find some thick bows cruising the shallows. Throw your standard lake patterns Read More

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Dream Stream Fishing Report | Stream Flows & Fishing Conditions

Current Dream Stream Fishing Report: South Platte River fishing conditions for the Dream Stream Section of the South Platte between Spinney Mountain & 11 Mile Reservoir and near Denver. Browns began moving in as they do a week ago and we had some stellar fishing reports.  Then on Monday, flows were cut in half from 104 down to 54. YIKES!  The fish are still there, but they are hiding more than ever! Get detailed information about Read More

Fall Fly Fishing | South Platte Dream Stream

Current Dream Stream Fishing Conditions Flows are at 109 CFS, water is clear, weeds are thinning, morning temps are cold (warming by noon) & there are big migratory browns  everywhere! Needless to say, It’s been a great start to our fall season in South Park. See the Most Recent Dream Stream Fishing Report >> Fishing So Far this Fall… The early part of the month  was body count fishing of browns 18-21.” and bigger fish Read More

Finding Pre-Spawn Brown Trout | Dream Stream & Tomahawk

A Good September Game Plan for South Park & Dream Stream Early season browns have begun to show up in staging areas on the Dream Stream. September is a great month to find pre-spawn brown trout lingering around the 11 Mile Reservoir inlet and other lesser known waters in South Park. Brown Trout who call 11 Mile Reservoir home for the majority of the year do not miraculously decide to swim from the middle of Read More

South Platte River Late Summer Fly Fishing | Deckers, 11 Mile, Dream Stream

Flows on the South Platte River are back to ideal levels in all the tailwater sections. We’ve had a great August on tricos and hoppers and look forward to more of it in September! Hopper fishing has been great the last few week in the Deckers area of the South Platte River which has coincided nicely with a recent stocking. Tons of new fish have shown up, and we aren’t complaining about that! Ideal flows Read More

Dream Stream Spring Rainbows | Big Rainbow Trout in South Park

Brandon and I made it down to South Park this week and got blown away on the Dream Stream.  Despite relentless South Park winds, we were able to escape the crowds and find some nice fish! We didn’t tie into any 15 pound behemoths but we did find some quality fish in the  20-23″ range that have migrated up from 11 Mile Reservoir.  There are spawning beds almost all the way up to the dam.  Read More

Dream Stream Winter Fishing Report | Late Winter-Early Spring

Stream Flow Above 11 Mile Reservoir: 58CFS Clarity: Cloudy Weather: WINDY-Gusts up to 70MPH Dream Stream Flies: 6mm Troutbeads (mottled glow roe, glow roe, mottled white, Lemon drop), #16-18 Flashtail San Juans (red, pink, tan), #12-14 no bead prince nymph,  #14-18 red & Chart Copper Johns, Ketchum Release hook remover tool Find out more about Troutbeads Pegged Eggs for the Dream Stream                       Are the Read More

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Dream Stream Fly Fishing | Questions & Answers

A Dream Team on the Dream Stream Question: What would happen if you were to take  the 2010 & 2011 Teva Mountain Games winners, team them up on the same guide staff, and send them to South Park to guide for 1 week in October? Answer: See Video Above. Enjoy! South Platte Fly Fishing Reports Dream Stream Tips & Tricks Video Dream Stream Guided Fly Fishing Dream Stream Fishing Reports Fly Shop locations, hours, & Read More

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Dream Stream Description

The Dream Stream is a world-renowned section of the South Platte River. This is a tailwater river, flowing between snow-capped mountains through vibrant meadows from the Spinney Reservoir and traveling 3.8 miles to form the Eleven Mile Reservoir. It is an ideal place for fish to live and breed. The fish population here is so spectacular, it has been called the “Dream Stream” by the locals, and has been given a Gold Medal designation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Expect to catch trophy rainbow and brown trout in the 16-20 inch range in these waters, as well as Kokanee up to 12 pounds during the three to four week fall spawning season.

Other reasons to hook up with a Minturn Anglers fly fishing guide to explore the Dream Stream include tailwater that provides a constant temperature allowing year round fishing, public access to its entire length, and grassy banks that are friendly to flies and beginning anglers. This is a very popular fly fishing destination, so expect company on the water, especially on weekends. To get to the Dream Stream, travel about 55 miles from Colorado Springs along Hwy 24 over Wilkerson Pass. Go south on County Road 23, south again on County Road 59 and then west on Road 59. If you are traveling from South Park, go south on Hwy 9, and then follow Hwy 59 from Hartsel to Hwy 59. There are four parking areas that can be used to reach the Dream Stream. One is immediately adjacent to the river on County Road 59, and two other lots are just across the river. The tailwater section can be reached by paying a $4 entry fee to the Spinney State Park. Read more details on the Dream Stream.


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