Spinney Mountain Resevoir
Spinney Mountain Reservoir is arguably the best still water fishery in the state. Formed by the South Platte River, Spinney Mountain is full of monster trout that pull like freight trains.
Spinney offers numerous bays, drop-offs and weed beds. During calm days, anglers can stalk trout on the flats like a saltwater angler targeting bonefish. You can stealthily hunt sipping trout as they cruise the flats for dry flies. Primarily, we fish Spinney out of a drift boat or 18′ power boat to cover more water in a comfortable environment. Some of the best fishing can be found near weed lines and drop-offs with both nymph rigs, full sinking lines and dry flies depending on the fishes feeding patterns.
We use nothing less than 3x tippet when fishing Spinney. You will find out why after your first trout. You better make sure your backing to fly line has a good knot and your backing is not tangled. A reel with a smooth drag is a must or you will just break off the larger fish. With trout frequently reaching over 20-inches, anglers have the opportunity to land numerous trout with leviathan potential.
In May Spinney gets a huge midge hatch. You can just close your eyes and listen to the singing of millions of midges as they hover over your head. Later in June the Callibaetis Mayflies emerge and they can last on into September. There can be a descent Damsels hatch and Scuds are the staple along with an abundant number of crayfish that keep these fish growing fast with lots of energy.
There is a large number of Pike in Spinney, and some really big ones. We do target them in the late spring and fall.