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.
Dries to Try: various terrestrial patterns ( grasshoppers, beetles, ants, etc.) Parachute Adams size 12-18, Brook Sprouts Callibaetis size 14-16, CDC Biot Callibaetis Spinner size 14-16, various midge patterns size 16-20
Nymphs To Try: Balanced Leach in wine/olive, Balanced damse olive, Duracell Jig Nymph in brown or olive, Tim's Chromie in black or olive, Bubbas Callibaetis size 14-16, Rickard’s Callibaetis size 14-16, worms patterns in wine, purple, or red
Streamers To Try: Barely Legal olive/white, Double Gonga in brown trout or rainbow trout, Baby Gonga in black, Dungeon in black, olive, or natural, various leach patterns
Spinney is fishing fair to good, and you always have a chance at hooking into a beefy lake fed trout, or even a pike. Hatches are transitioning from chironomids, to Callibaetis and damsel flies. These hatches are normally more concentrated over shallower bays containing weed beds, so look to target cruising fish in these areas. Leaches, baitfish, and worms are always important food sources in Spinney as well.
Spinney is open and fishing well. Chironomids have been the main hatch recently, but most of our fish have been taken on streamer, and worm patterns. Expect Callibaetis, and Damsels to start hatching as water temps warm bit.
Here is the latest report fresh off the water…. “Started at 9:15am 6 knots wind, got some early action fishing south end of the lake next to the dam. Action with pink worm and black/olive leach 8’ -10’ off the points and bays. kinda slow but saw lots of fish, with some real big fish in the area cruising around feeding. finished at 1:45 pm water temp 50, clear visibility.”
Looks like CPW has changed there tune, no date is set but it sounds like opening day will be taking place very soon!
According to CPW Spinney Reservoir is still about 75% iced over, and there is no projected opening at this time.