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

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of caddis, pale morning duns, yellow sallies, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Currently the flows are perfect on the Dream Stream. As you might imagine, fishing has been good with river levels holding steady at nearly 300 cfs for a week.  Anglers willing to work hard and cover a lot of water are catching a mixed bag of rainbows, cutbows, and brown trout.  Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of Tricos, PMD’s, caddis and yellow sallies. Effective flies have been caddis larvae and PMD nymphs dropped off a larger attractor nymph like a scud, San Juan Worm, or cranefly larvae. The City of Aurora plans to match incoming flows (as their releases) so hopefully it keeps on raining in South Platte.  The mosquitoes are starting to get bad, so make sure you wear a long sleeve shirt and bring some Deep Woods Off.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20 JujuBaetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback PT, #14 San Juan Worm, #18 Buckskin, #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #16-18 Barr’s PMD Emerger, #16 PMD, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, and #24 Stalcup’s Trico