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My question is for anyone who has fished the South Platte or Dream Stream as to whether or not you thought it was any better than the Norfolk tail water in Ark.  I have a buddy who really wants to go out west and fish this stream, but I couldn't help but think it would be crowded and the fish there would be pretty hard to catch.  Thoughts?

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It is crowded, but so is the Norfork. Colorado is pretty low on my list of vacation trout fishing states because of their stupid stream access laws. Landowner's own the bottom of the stream, so access is limited and public areas get crowded. I would look to Montana or Wyoming if you want to go out West.

 

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Not been there and don't plan to go, had to search "Dream Stream" though, as I had never heard of it. Pics look like a canal (no shade either) running through a dessert so the scenery is different than Norfork. Ad said they sometimes get salmon, so thats different. 3.8 miles Co. or 5 miles Ar. If I had a choice right now, I'd go to Ar.

But if I had never been west I might chose differently. Good luck.

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6 minutes ago, Gavin said:

It is crowded, but so is the Norfork. Colorado is pretty low on my list of vacation trout fishing states because of their stupid stream access laws. Landowner's own the bottom of the stream, so access is limited and public areas get crowded. I would look to Montana or Wyoming if you want to go out West.

 

            Wyoming is the same as Colorado. Stream bottom belongs to landowner. Float through but don't drop anchor or touch the bottom. Montana is way more forgiving just stay below high water mark.  Lots of public ground available both places.  Truly impressed with Utah and fishing last August. Defiantly not finished fishing that state,

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My thoughts are that it would be crowded and there is virtually no cover anywhere around so when the wind whipped up it would make it even harder.  I have fished the Norfork a few times and I know what to expect there.  That and the fact it has some hogs in it as well.

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If the only objective is fish, Norfork is the hands down the winner IMOP but if the experience and different scenery matter out west wins.  We usually go west a couple 3 times per year for a couple weeks or more.  Each time we pull out of the driveway I tell my wife we are leaving better fishing, but we continue to do it.  We find if you can/will hike just a bit you can leave the crowds, a pair of snow shoes can get you completely out of crowds.  

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well the fishing part is important in the regards to I don't want us to be frustrated trying to catch fish.  I know it can happen anywhere, but at least I know the Norfork and where to go on it.  That and the motel would be like 30+ miles away to stay at out in Colorado.  Put that with the fact we could be caught in a snow storm that time of the year out in KS. or the plains!  We will more than likely hit the Norfork since he has never been on it.

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