Close to Denver, the Dream Stream is a six-mile section of the South Platte River that includes the Spinney Vail Valley and Eleven Mile reservoirs. Even in your wildest fishing dreams, you would be hard-pressed to find a more plentiful supply of trout in picture perfect surroundings.
Report Date: August 27, 2020
Dream Stream flows have held steady at 130 cfs for the past seven days. At this level, clarity is high, so do your best to sight fish. If you can’t locate trout, focus on the pronounced pools, runs, shelves, undercut banks and transition areas. If you’re on the river during the morning and evening, be prepared to fish dries. Trico activity has been heavy during those windows and trout are taking full advantage. If trout refuse your fly on the surface, either increase the amount of fluorocarbon tippet you have between your leader and dry fly or tie on a smaller pattern. Aside from the trico hatch, anglers continue to see good results from fishing hopper droppers tight to grassy banks. Amy’s Ants, Hippie Stompers and Chubby’s will all attract trout looking up at the surface for a big meal. When nymphing, focus on the riffles, transition areas and deep pools/runs. Two-Bit Hookers, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Guides Choice Hares Ears and Mercury Pheasant Tails are solid lead patterns right now. Small black emergers such as RS2s and black Foam Backs are great trailer patterns during the morning. In the afternoon, olive/grey RS2s and Barr’s Emergers are our go-to’s.
Dream Stream River Access Points