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. Prepare for low flows and technical fishing.

Tips and Other Information: Fishing at the Dream Stream is fair right now with the recent cold snap. Anglers should prepare themselves for sporadic hatches of midges and look for the occasional fish eating adults in the slower runs, deeper pools and tailouts. Nymphing with midge larvae and pupae is your best bet right now, however.   Target the transitional zones that funnel into the deeper runs and pools.  The best fishing is between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the water warms up a few degrees.   I would concentrate your efforts between the barns and the dam where the water is a few degrees warmer than the lower river.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22 Minute Midge, #22 Tube Midge, #22-24 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-26 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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