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.
Water Temperature: Mid to upper 40’s
Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and sporadic Tricos
14 Day Forecast: Look for good fishing for another couple of weeks. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.
Tips and Other Information: Fishing has been fair to good for resident trout at the Dream Stream. Effective patterns include 18
egg patterns, red midge larva, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, and Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and sporadic Tricos. The afternoon (2 p.m.) “olive” hatch has be quite impressive! The slower pools and tailouts are providing some decent surface activity. Flies of choice are: Size 22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico (for spinners and sunken spinners), and #24 Parachute Adams. The brown trout run is in full swing right now. Watch your step in the shallow riffles to avoid stepping on redds. Please don’t target trout on reads. If you see browns in shallow water, assume they are spawning and leave them alone. There are a lot of Kokanee salmon in the river which adds a lot of excitement this time of year. Crowds have been heavy!!
Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #14-16 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, and #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun.
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!