Spinney Mountain Reservoir can be as about as good as it gets for the still water angler.  The conditions in Spinney Res. are perfect for producing and maintaining a healthy population of large trout (we are measuring in pounds here, not inches).  Spinney can be accessed by foot, or by water craft.  Wade fisherman and float tubers usually target inlet areas, the dam, and shallow bays.  Motorized crafts, and drift boats often work deeper channels.  Static nymphing and streamer stripping are the common fly fishing techniques employed here.  Scuds, Annelids, Chironomids, Damsel Flies, Callibaetis, crayfish, baitfish, and smaller trout are staple food sources of Spinney Res. 

 

 

Current Conditions:

 

Water Level:

According to Chapparal General Store the reservoir is full. 

 

Water Temperature (degrees F)

mid 40's - low 60's

 

Water Clarity:

5' or better unless high winds or precipitaion stir up mud.

 

Current Food Sources:

 | Chironomids  | Midges | Callibaetis nymphs  | Damsel nymphs | Terrestrial Insects | small fish, leeches, worms, eggs, etc. |

 

FLIES TO TRY:

 

DRIES:  

Chubby Chernobyl size 8-16 various colors | Parachute Adam's size 16-22 | Elk Hair Caddis size 12-16, olive, brown, or black | Extended body Callibaetis size 14-16 | CDC Morgan’s Midge size 18-22 | Solitude midge in olive, black, or cream size 18-24 | Extended body Callibaetis size 14-16 | Mosquito 14-16 |

 

NYMPHS:  

Balanced Leach in wine/black | Duracell Jig Nymph in brown or olive | Tim's Chromie in black, olive, or red size 16 | Rickard's Callibaetis nymph size 14-16 |JIG ZEBRA MIDGE SIZE 16-20 | worm patterns in wine, purple, or red |

 

STREAMERS:

  BARELY LEGAL OLIVE/WHITE | ARTICULATED GOLDIE | BABY GONGA IN BLACK | DUNGEON IN BLACK, OLIVE, OR NATURAL | VARIOUS LEACH PATTERNS |

 

 

guide tip of the week:

 

The wade fisherman can hope to sight fish to trout that are cruising banks and shallows, opportunistically feeding, on whatever food sources they can find.  From a boat anglers can look to target weed beds that hold insect life like Callibaetis and Damsel nymphs, or cruise shallower bays looking for feeding trout. Try leech patters and stripping streamers can be effective on overcast days and later in the evening!

 

RECENT HISTORY: 

We love seeing and hearing about your outings as well. Send any fishing photos or stories  you want to share over to jacob@fishcolorado.com and we'll throw 'em up in the reports.

 

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