Hit this section of the South Platte River, between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile State Park east of Hartsel, at sunrise for the big ones: The browns, rainbows, cutthroats and cutbows are all famously "monster-size." Named for the late Denver Post outdoor columnist famous for his love of all things hunting and fishing, this section is ideal for beginners, because the high-desert prairie location means there's very little for the fly to tangle in, and the clear water makes it easy to spot your prey. The fact that the area has become so well known means you're not likely to be alone, but anglers willing to cast on windy or colder days will be rewarded with some solitude. And don't forget the waders: This Dream Stream, as it's also known, is always numbingly cold.
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