Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

Current Conditions 

Flow: 72 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  High 30’s to low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see good (some dense at times) hatches of midges. Target the traditional winter lies (slow, deep pools) where you’ll find the largest concentration of fish.  The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are low, but fishing has been good, especially for small to medium-sized fish. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently stocked 16,000 rainbows in Eleven Mile Reservoir. As you might imagine, there is a surplus of 8-12 inch fish in the system right now. The little fish are gobbling midge pupa (mid column) and eating single adults and clusters on the surface. The midge hatches have been incredible lately, especially on overcast days.  It’s hard to go wrong with a  size 24-26 Parachute Adams to fool these surface feeders. A size 18 Griffith Gnat is an excellent choice for the clusters. Anglers willing to work hard and battle the elements are catching a few nice-sized 14-18 inch resident rainbows, cut-bows and the occasional brown.  There are a decent number of lake-run fish that are entering the system. Make sure you pinch your barbs and watch your step in the shallow riffles to avoid stepping on redds. Crowds are extremely heavy, so plan accordingly.

Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge, #18 Micro Egg, #18-22 Mercury Pheasant Tails, #18-20 Buckskins, #20-22 Barr Emergers, #20-22 Jujubaetis,  #20-22 Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Tube Midge, #20-22 Chironoflash, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger , #20-26 Parachute Adams, #18 Griffith Gnat, and #20-22 Matt’s Midge