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About Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

The lush meandering, meadow portion of the South Platte between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is known as the “Dream Stream” or the Spinney Mountain Ranch. This beautiful 3-mile section of the Platte offers anglers the opportunity of a lifetime to catch large trout. This fabulous tailwater fishery is located in the heart of South Park, tucked between 14,000 foot snow capped peaks on the west, rich ranchland to the north and south, and Pikes Peak on the east. Spinney is a well-balanced fishery where anglers can catch trout on nymphs, dry flies, and streamers.The river is comprised of prime trout habitat, which includes, riffles, runs, gravel bars, shelves, and undercut banks. Fly-fishers can expect to catch a mixed bag of rainbows, browns, and cutthroats in 10-18 inch range. In addition spring (rainbows, and cutthroats) and fall (browns and kokanee salmon) spawning runs from Elevenmile Reservoir are quite impressive with fish up to 10 pounds landed during a key three-four week period. Ideal flow conditions for “Dream Stream” are between 100 and 250 cfs. The regulations are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.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.

Suggested Flies
Dorsey's UV Scud
Dorsey's UV Scud
Dorsey's UV Scud
Dorsey's UV Scud

Dorsey's UV Scud

$2.75
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm

San Juan Worm

$2.00
Hunchback Scud
Hunchback Scud
Hunchback Scud
Hunchback Scud
Hunchback Scud
Hunchback Scud

Hunchback Scud

$2.25
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg
Flashtail Mini Egg

Flashtail Mini Egg

$2.00
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech

Mayer's Mini Leech

$3.25
Bling Midge
Bling Midge
Bling Midge
Bling Midge
Bling Midge
Bling Midge

Bling Midge

$2.25
Latest Report

Updated 6/10/24

Flows have bumped up to 294 cfs as of Monday, and are expected to keep rising. That means you can start throwing larger lead patterns on your nymohing rigs like San Juan worms, scuds, and leeches. Trail off your typical tailwater patterns like foam wings, RS2s, etc. You can also mix it up and cover more water here by throwing streamers.

Updated 5/7/24

Outflows from Spinney have been around 100 cfs for a couple weeks, which are good flows for this time of year. While most of the "lake run" fish have returned to the res, you might find some holdovers in addition to the quality resident fish that stay in the Platte. While the spawn is over, you'll still see redds around that contain eggs -- so avoid these and mind your step! 

You'll find consistent midge hatches in the mornings and some good baetis on overcast afternoons. Nymphing the deeper holes will be an angler's best bet, but don't shy away from trying streamers, especially in the mornings. On bluebird days the fishing will get more technical and you'll likely have to downsize your tippet and fly offerings. On a typical day, try throwing a leech or egg pattern with a midge pupae or baetis dropped off. As always, make sure to pinch your barbs!

Seasonal Tips/Hatches

In the spring, the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area, commonly known as the "Dream Stream," offers excellent fly fishing opportunities as fish become more active and insect activity increases.

Here are some effective fly patterns to consider for spring fishing in this area:

Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): These may hatch sporadically in spring, particularly on overcast and moist days. Carry patterns like Parachute Adams and Sparkle Duns for dries. For nymphs, try RS2s, Pheasant Tails, or Top Secret Baetis in sizes #18 to #22.

Midges: Midges will be active most mornings through Spring. Use patterns like Zebra Midges, Mercury Midges, or Massacre Midge in sizes ranging from #20 to #24.

Stoneflies: Stonefly nymphs become more active as the weather warms up. Carry patterns like Pat's Rubber Legs, Hare's Ear Nymphs, or Prince Nymphs in sizes #10 to #14.

Caddisflies: Caddis activity increases as temperatures rise. Patterns like Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, or Stimulators in sizes #14 to #18 can be effective imitations.

Attractor Patterns: Bright and flashy attractor patterns like San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, or Rainbow Warriors can be effective in catching the attention of fish, especially during runoff conditions.

Streamers: Larger fish might respond to streamers, particularly if the water is high and off-color due to runoff. Woolly Buggers, Sculpin patterns, and other streamers in various sizes and colors can attract larger fish.

As always, observe the water conditions, insect activity, and the behavior of the fish to determine the most effective patterns and presentations. Adjust your techniques throughout the day as conditions change.

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