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Pat Dorsey’s 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: 256 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 50’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, yellow sallies, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for flows to bounce up and down until Spinney Reservoir fills. See below for more information.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are back up with an expected peak in run-off flows (due to extreme heat) entering Spinney Reservoir. Denver Water released some additional water from Antero too, so inflows are now 514 cfs. Even with all this water, the City of Aurora does not expect Spinney Reservoir to fill until sometime in July.  Currently the fishing is good at the Dream Stream!  Effective patterns include #14 UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #12 Chamois Leech, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, caddis larva, and #18 Barr’s Emerger and #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis. Elk Hair Caddis, yellow Stimulators,  Amy’s Ant, and Stalcup’s Tricos are fooling trout on the surface.

Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge,  Mayer’s Mini Leech, Pine Squirrel Leech, #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

About Spinney Mountain Ranch

The lush meandering, meadow portion of the South Platte between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is known as the “Dream Stream” or the Charlie Meyer’s State Wildlife Area.  This beautiful 3-mile section of the Platte offers anglers the opportunity of a lifetime to catch large trout. This fabulous tailwater fishery is located in the heart of South Park, tucked between 14,000 foot snow capped peaks on the west, rich ranchland to the north and south, and Pikes Peak on the east. Spinney is a well-balanced fishery where anglers can catch trout on nymphs, dry flies and streamers.

The river is comprised of prime trout habitat, which includes, riffles, runs, gravel bars, shelves, and undercut banks. Fly-fishers can expect to catch a mixed bag of rainbows, browns, and cutthroats in 16-20 inch range. In addition spring (rainbows, and cutthroats) and fall (browns and kokanee salmon) spawning runs from Elevenmile Reservoir are quite impressive with fish up to 12 pounds landed during a key three-four week period. Ideal flow conditions for “Dream Stream” are between 100 CFS and 250 CFS. The regulations are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.