Fishing Report: Deckers
South Platte River
In the winter months at the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area, which is also known as the "Dream Stream" and is located in Colorado near Spinney Mountain Reservoir, fishing can be challenging but rewarding.
Some effective fly patterns to consider for this area during winter include:
Midges: These insects are a primary food source during the colder months. Patterns like Zebra Midges, RS2s (Rim's Semblance 2), and Disco Midges in sizes ranging from #18 to #24 are often successful.
Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): If there's a hatch, patterns like Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns, or Pheasant Tails in sizes #18 to #22 can imitate BWOs.
Scuds and Sowbugs: These aquatic insects are prevalent throughout the year. Using patterns like Scud patterns, RS2s, or Hare's Ear Nymphs in smaller sizes (#16 to #20) can mimic them effectively.
Egg Patterns: As with many other locations during winter, trout might key in on drifting eggs. Carrying egg patterns in various colors (#12 to #18) can be productive. Streamers: Larger fish might respond to streamers, particularly if fished slowly and enticingly. Woolly Buggers, leech patterns, or articulated streamers in natural colors can work well.
Keep in mind that the Dream Stream can experience heavy fishing pressure, so having a selection of smaller, more natural-looking flies and presenting them in a subtle and realistic manner can be crucial for success.
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.