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Pat Dorsey’s Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers SWA

The Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (commonly called the Spinney Mountain Ranch or Dream Stream) is a classic meandering, meadow stream. Anglers have the opportunity to catch rainbows, cut-bows, cutthroats, and brown trout when they fish this fabled stretch of water. 

Current Conditions 

Flow: 344 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 50’s and low 60’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows, technical fishing, and reliable hatches of midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information:  Recent heavy rainfall in South Park area has the water levels on the Dream Stream rising.  Inflows above the reservoir are nearly 400 cfs. I would look for the City of Aurora to match incoming flows for their releases below the dam.  Currently nymphing is your best bet with the higher flows. Effective patterns include #14 San Juan Worms, #14 Scuds, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, caddis larva, #18 Barr’s Emerger (PMD) and  #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis. Anglers can expect to see excellent hatches of pale morning duns, caddis, and Tricos. The slower pools, back channels, and tailouts are providing some good surface activity. Flies of choice are: #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16  yellow Stimulators, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #10 Amy’s Ant, and #24 Stalcup’s Trico.   Crowds have heavy so plan accordingly.

Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #14 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Barr Emerger (PMD), #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #12-14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, and # 14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis

About Fly Fishing at the Spinney Mountain Ranch Dream Stream in Colorado

This beautiful section of the South Platte River meanders through a lush meadow portion of the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area and is often referred to affectionately as the “Dream Stream.” There are a lot of large trout to find along this three-mile stretch of the South Platte river, and the scenery is everything one would expect from the illustrious Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Dream Stream is in the heart of South Park nestled between 14,000-foot snow-capped mountain peaks to the west, abounding ranchland to the north and south along with the iconic Pikes Peak to the east. Whether you’re casting nymphs, dry flies, or streamers, Spinney Mountain Ranch is a well-balanced fishery that defines Colorado fly fishing.

What’s the Fishing Like at the Spinney Mountain Ranch Dream Stream in Colorado?

This stretch of the South Platte River is prime trout habitat that includes riffles, runs, gravel bars, shelves, and undercut banks. Fly fishing anglers can expect to pull in a mixed bag of rainbows, browns, and cutthroats ranging from 16 to 20 inches. What’s more, extraordinary rainbows and cutthroats up to 12 pounds make an appearance during spring spawning runs from Eleven Mile Reservoir, and similar sized browns and kokanee salmon in the fall can be available for about a three to four week period. Ideal flow for the Dream Stream is between 100 CFS and 250 CFS while regulations are flies and lures only with all fish being returned to the water immediately. The Dream Stream is one of our favorite places to host guided fly fishing trips, and you’ll be hard put to find better guides than ours at The Blue Quill Angler based in Evergreen, Colorado. Book a fly fishing trip with us today on the Dream Stream!