Dream Stream Fishing at It's Finest

Big Browns on the Dream Stream
Fall 2008
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After many said I was crazy for going fishing on the Dream when it was suppose to rain, snow, stay windy and of all things crowded.....I went! Glad I did very few crowds, big fish and this piggy below.

What did I encounter, no rain, no snow, few crowds due to the Broncos game, and blue sky weather all day. I think the only downfall of the day was that I went to bed at 12:30 and awoke at 4:30 for a quick trip to Sout Park.

Plenty of flies to use but my go to's are definitely the Slumpbuster and Galloup's Zoo cougar for some really big boys.

When I got there I only noticed one vehicle in the parking lot, that was definitely a good sign of things to come. I fished the lower part towards 11 mile Rez, the most people I ran into were 3 others for the 1st half of the day.

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The fishing started off a bit slow but than picked up when I was able to get a 21" Cutty to take my sparkle winged RS2, crazy fight that was. After that nothing but dinks rising all over and after a few I grew tired of that and went in search of big fish.

I did notice lot's of Rainbows in spawn mode and plenty of bows paired up so that's always strange to see in the Fall. The wind picked up a bunch and after a few tangles it was time for the streamer rod and a drive over to the upper section. About 6 cars in the middle lot of the upper section so I was ready for a few more people. I fished a few holes caught a few more dinks and noticed some bigger fish in an upper hole. I was all over it! Still slinging my streamers out I got the tug and wham, off to the races. Long story short I was able to net this sweet brown and pure redemption from the Big fish I lost this past Spring. It definitely had been beaten up a bit and I was only able to take a few pics since I didn't want to do more harm. Funny thing is you never have that money shot you always want when there's no one to help take the pictures for you, they never look as big as they really are! A long day of fishing came to a close and I was done for the day after that. Though plenty of fish were stull rising as I walked away I called it a day and headed home on this amazing Fall day in South Park.

Fall in South Park

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Tips and Other Information: Fishing at the “Dream Stream” has been fair at best for “good” resident fish. You’ll need to cover a lot of water if you plan on being successful. Sight nymphing the deeper water has been the most productive strategy as of late. The brown trout spawn-run is in full swing now, with a large percentage of the browns sitting on redds. Please avoid fishing to the trout on redds. This is common sense—don’t fish for trout in shallow riffles, or areas that have a light-colored substrate. Egg patterns dropped with a small mayfly nymph or midge larvae or pupa has been productive in the faster slots and deeper seems, however. Many of the fish are finished spawning and heading back to the lake. A few “fresh” browns will continue to enter the river for another two weeks. The DOW has recently stocked 5-6 inch rainbows, unfortunately; they have been the bulk of the catch lately (other than spawn-run brown trout). The Kokanee salmon run has significantly suffered from the gill lice problem. As of late, I have only observed a handful of Kokanee.

 As always keep a close eye on flows, weather and fish patterns to land that big one!

Effective Patterns: #18-22 Red Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Buckskin, #18-20 Top Secret Midge, #20 Rojo Midge, #20-22 Mercury Baetis, #18-22 Bead Head Barr’s Emerger, #18-22 Churchill’s Sparkle Wing RS II, #18-20 Jujubaetis, #16-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #16 Nuclear Egg, #20-26 Parachute Adams, #24 Trico, #20-22 Griffith Gnat, and a #24 Hi-Vis Baetis.

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