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: Parachute Adams 16-20, Rengade 14-18, Wilcox's JC Special, Brook Sprout Midge 16-22, a variety of terrestrials.
Nymphs To Try: Balanced Leech in olive/wine/black, Tim’s Chironomid in black size 14-18, various worm/annelid patterns, Duracell Jig Nymph size 14 -16, Tung Bead CDC Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears size 14-18.
Streamers To Try: Meat Whistle in black, olive, and rust. Dungeon in black, olive, or white. Slump Buster in black, olive, and natural. Double Gonga in black, Rainbow, or Brown Trout color ways. Various leech patterns in red/wine/purple.
Spinney is still producing some nice trout, and it is also a good time of year to catch pike feeding in the shallows before winter hits. With water temps getting colder it is a good idea to fish a little deeper for trout. Leaches, smaller fish, and chironomids are good food sources to imitate at this time of year. Pike will be more likely to feed on small trout, crayfish, and leaches in the shallow bays at this time of year.
Similar report to previous updates…Concentrate on fishing over weed beds or to pods of cruising fish. Expect Callibaetis to be the most prevalent hatch. Worms and leaches can always produce as well. On hot days look for sources of cool water such as inlets, or deeper zones with good feeding structure.
Spinney Reservoir is about 3/4 of its capacity with good water clarity, although slightly off color at the inlet area. Aquatic weed beds normally associated with high aquatic insect concentrations are growing. Currently Chironomids have been one of the more productive insects to imitate, with Damsel Fly and Callibaetis action expected in the near future. Fishing weed beds in shallow bays has been productive, keep an eye out for cruising fish in these areas.
The water at Spinney is currently clear and low, with only the North boat ramp open at the moment. Fish have been seen cruising in pods along the banks, hunting for food. This means the wade fisherman has just as fair a chance to hook up as the float fisherman. Recently, success has been had with both static nymph rigs, and small leech patterns stripped through shallow bays. As water temps rise look for more weed bed growth coinciding with chironomid, Callibaetis, and Damsel hatches.