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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 

Flow: 199 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 50’s and low 60’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for excellent fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, caddis, yellow sallies, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

Tips and Other Information:  Outflows remain stable and fishing has been quite good.  As long as it stay hot and dry, flows should remain in the 200 cfs range to meet downstream irrigation demand.  Effective patterns include #14 San Juan Worms, #14 Scuds, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, caddis larva, #18 Barr’s Emerger (PMD) and  #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis. Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of pale morning duns, caddis, and Tricos. The slower pools, back channels, and tailouts are providing some good surface activity. Flies of choice are: #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16  yellow Stimulators, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #10 Amy’s Ant, and #24 Stalcup’s Trico.

Effective Patterns: # 20 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #14 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin, #18-20 Barr Emerger (PMD), #16 Barr’s Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #12-14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun (PMD), #16 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun (PMD), #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, and # 14-16 Puterbaugh Caddis

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