Current Conditions

South Platte River – Above Eleven Mile Canyon

Flow: 74 ft3/s
Temp: N/A F
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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 

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow, deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows remain above their normal historic level for this time of year.  Flows have remained consistent for 6 weeks which is good news for South Platte enthusiasts. Anglers willing to work hard and cover a lot of water are still reaping the benefits of some nice fish.  Effective patterns include: egg patterns, red midge larvae, #10 Pine Squirrel Leeches, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #22 Buckskins, #22 Manhattan Midges, #22 Black Beauties, and #22 Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges in the slow pools and tailouts.  Dry flies of choice are: Size 22-24 Matt’s Midge, 22-24 Griffith’s Gnats, and #24 Parachute Adams.

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Buckskin,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #24 Parachute Adams, and #22-24 Griffith Gnats.

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!