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South Platte River: Dream Stream


A combination of low flows (35 cfs) and frigid air temps made for a difficult week on the Dream Stream. Negative overnight lows and afternoon highs around 32 degrees kept trout in conservation mode and increased bank ice. Slush runoff, frozen guides and subtle takes are the primary challenges right now. If you fish the upper section of the river below the dam during the warmest hours of the day (1 pm – 4 pm) you should be able to minimize these challenges. Weather conditions are expected to improve over the weekend, providing trout with more energy. Trout will hold deep in pronounced pools, runs and pockets for the better part of the day. As midge activity increases in the afternoon, trout will rise into the middle water column to feed on pupa. Taking note of changes to air temperature and bug activity will be important. You could be fishing the perfect combination of nymphs but if you’re not hitting the right depth, it won’t matter. Play with your weight and indicator placement until you dial it in. Tiny midge larva and pupa patterns have been the most consistent lately, but don’t hesitate to experiment with small baetis or attractor patterns. Baetis and attractor patterns are great lead flies when trout need a little extra encouragement. Before you hit the Dream, make sure to have some Bling Midges, Miracle Midges, Blood Midges, Mercury Midges, Mercury Black Beauties, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers, RS2s, JuJu Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Rainbow Warriors and Mini Leeches on hand.

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