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 midge patterns
Nymphs To Try: Balanced Leach in wine/olive or black/olive, Duracell Jig Nymph in brown, Tim's Chromie in black or olive, Zebra Midge red or black, worms\ patterns in wine, pink, 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 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.