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South Platte Report

March 17, 2024

The South Platte River “Dream Stream” has been fishing pretty good as of late.  The river is low but there are some nice lake run fish in the river currently.  Nymphing slow deep pools will be your best bet to find fish.  Winter can be a great time to beat the crowds and get a bit of elbow room on a normally crowded stretch of river.  Fish honest, be mindful of redds and spawning fish, an angel loses its wings every time you cast to an actively spawning fish.

Suggested Flies:

Miracle Midge #18-22, Mayhem Midge #20, Element Midge Hi Vis #20, RS2 Black Foam #20, Red Copper John #18-20, Glow Bugs #16-18, B’s Perdigon Black #20, Boroff’s Hot Belly Baetis #22, San Juan Worm #10-16, P.S. Micro Leech #14, Mini Dungeon Black/Olive #6, Circus Peanut #4



Above Spinney Reservoir


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Above Eleven Mile Reservoir


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About the river

The South Platte River is located a little over an hours drive east of Salida. The ‘Dream Stream’ section in between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is known for it’s large migratory trout entering the river from Eleven Mile Reservoir in the spring and fall. Large number of Kokanee Salmon also move into the river in the fall. As the Kokanee begin to spawn, sight fishing to large trout feeding on their eggs is the name of the game. This tail water is not an easy fishery by any means but can be extremely rewarding for the persistent angler.

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