Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

Closeup of trout being held above the water with meadow and wooden structure in the background

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges. The fish are beginning to move into their winter lies, so begin targeting the transitional zones that funnel into deeper water.

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, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Red Larva, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Matt's Midge, and #22-24 Griffith Gnats.


South Platte River – Above Eleven Mile Reservoir

Flow: 46 ft3/s
Temp: 27 °F
Wind: 4 MPH N
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Fly Fishing Information for The Dream Stream Between Spinney & Eleven Mile Reservoirs Colorado

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.

Tips & Other Information:

The stretch below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is fishing fair right now.  To my surprise, flow are well above their normal historic levels for this time of year.  Anglers should prepare themselves for intermittent hatches of midges. 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. There are still a few lake run fish in the system, but their numbers are dwindling fast.


Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing