Spinney Mountain Ranch – South Platte

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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

14 Day Forecast: Look for good hatches of Blue Wing Olives and Midges with Sporadic hatches of Tricos and Caddis on warmer days

Tips and Other Information: Overall, the fishing is fair to good at the Dream Stream right now. We have seen a consistent flow coming out of Spinney right around 120 cfs. Anglers are finding  a few “good fish” but they are covering lots of water and working hard for their catch. The kokanee are in the river but not in super high numbers or pods quite yet. We did see a decent push over the weekend though and this has made finding them a bit easier. Good patterns for salmon at the dream are worms, pats rubber legs, eggs and bright nymphs like copper johns and psycho princes. They are widely spread out in the river and are typically hanging in some of the deep runs at oxbows. The brown trout run has begun but its is small as of yet. A few nice fish have been caught but we are still waiting for a big push. Anglers are having the best luck on egg patters, midge emergers, and baetis nymphs. Please refrain from walking in the river from spot to spot as this is prime time for spawning fish and redds are present throughout the river.

Effective Patterns: #14 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Stalcups Baetis, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20-26 Parachute Adams, and #22 Matt’s Midge.

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!

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