Pat Dorsey’s Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers SWA

The Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (commonly called the Spinney Mountain Ranch or Dream Stream) is a classic meandering, meadow stream. Anglers have the opportunity to catch rainbows, cut-bows, cutthroats, and brown trout when they fish this fabled stretch of water. 

Current Conditions 

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Look for low flows for the remainder of the autumn season.

Tips and Other Information:

The stretch below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is fishing fair right now.  There are a few Kokanee salmon entering the system, and a hand full of lake-run browns showing up, but for the most part, anglers are catching a lot of small fish.  Fly fishers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos. Anglers are catching a few fish on top with #22-22 Matt’s Midges, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Duns, #22-24 Trico Spinners, and #22-24 CDC Biot Comparaduns.  Sunken Trico Spinners are also effective as the hatch winds down. Anglers willing to work hard, cover lots of water, and sight fish, are catching some quality fish…but you have to put in some effort to catch the bigger fish right now.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Radiation Baetis, #20-22 Buckskin, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Red Larva, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #20-22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, and #10 Amy’s Ant.