Current Conditions

South Platte River – Above Eleven Mile Reservoir

Flow: 118 ft3/s
Temp: 32 °F
Wind: 13 MPH SW
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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

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Look for low flows for the remainder of the autumn season.

Tips and Other Information:

The stretch below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is fishing fair right now.  There are a few Kokanee salmon entering the system, and a hand full of lake-run browns showing up, but for the most part, anglers are catching a lot of small fish.  Fly fishers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Anglers are catching a few fish on top with #22-22 Matt’s Midges, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Duns, #22-24 Trico Spinners, and #22-24 CDC Biot Comparaduns.  Sunken Trico Spinners are also effective as the hatch winds down. Anglers willing to work hard, cover lots of water, and sight fish, are catching some quality fish…but you have to put in some effort to catch the bigger fish right now.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Radiation Baetis, #20-22 Buckskin, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Red Larva, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #10 Amy’s Ant.

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!