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 sporadic hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information:

The stretch below Spinney Mountain Reservoir is fishing fair right now.  Flows are low and clear, setting the stage for some technical fishing.  Anglers should prepare themselves for intermittent hatches of midges. Anglers willing to work hard, cover lots of water, and sight fish, are catching a handful of quality trout, however; but you have to put in some effort to catch the bigger fish right now. As you might imagine, the best fishing is between the middle lot and the dam. There is no need to get to the river early, all you will do is get cold. Plan on showing up around 10 a.m. and leaving by 3 p.m.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-22 Red Larva, #22-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #18 Mico Egg, #20 Mayer’s Tube Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

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 

Flow: 98 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing until Spinney Reservoir fills.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows were bumped two days ago which is great news!  Anglers willing to work hard and cover water are catching a decent number 8-16 inch rainbows, cut-bows, and the occasional brown.  There are a still plenty of lake-run fish in 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. There are plenty of opportunities to catch trout with surface offerings in the slower pools and tailouts. It’s hard to go wrong with a size 24-26 Matt’s Midge or Parachute Adams to fool these “risers”.

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

Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

Current Conditions 

Flow: 98 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing until Spinney Reservoir fills.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows were bumped two days ago which is great news!  Anglers willing to work hard and cover water are catching a decent number 8-16 inch rainbows, cut-bows, and the occasional brown.  There are a still plenty of lake-run fish in 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. There are plenty of opportunities to catch trout with surface offerings in the slower pools and tailouts. It’s hard to go wrong with a size 24-26 Matt’s Midge or Parachute Adams to fool these “risers”.

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

Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain – Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

Current Conditions 

Flow: 68 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 have been stable for the past several days.  Anglers willing to work hard and cover some water have been catching a decent number of 14-18 inch rainbows, cut-bows, and the occasional brown.  There are a still some lake-run fish 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. There are plenty of opportunities to catch trout with surface offerings in the slower pools and tailouts. It’s hard to go wrong with a size 24-26 Matt’s Midge or Parachute Adams to fool these “risers”.

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

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
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