Back to back days on the Dream Stream last weekend provided some excellent fishing; along with crowds, and wind, and bent hooks, and broken tippets. The lake run fish are in for sure, especially on the lower half of the river below the bridge. Open water on 11 mile has helped to get things moving, and for the next several weeks anybody has the chance at a true trophy. Several friends have reported some of the best "big fish" fishing of their lives. In one day a group of three landed 12 fish over 24 inches. The crowds and the wind are there as well, and you better go early to get the "honey holes", if you know where they are. Fish seem to be stacked in deeper pools and runs in the morning, and on the move in the afternoons. With lots of cutts, bows, and hybrids coming to net the South Platte is fishing good, and should stay full of big fish for the next few weeks. Try leeches, scuds, pheasant tails, annelids, san juans, caddis larva, princes, hares ears, copper johns. Get it... the lake run fish aren't as picky as you would think 20 inchers to be, and every fly we used had some degree of success. Glow bugs are working good as well. The river bottom shows the evidence of a spawn just kicking into full swing, so be careful where you walk and don't do anything dumb. Catch a big one!!!! These guys did!
- Randy Hicks