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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 

Clarity: Good

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges, caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and Tricos. Flows are starting to shape up nicely and should continue to drop unless the monsoon season has other plans.

Tips and Other Information: The Dream Stream is starting to shape up after a challenging year with high water. Don’t get me wrong, the flows are still a bit high, but we are heading in the right direction. The big-bites are still a great attractor (San Juan Worms, scuds, leeches, craneflies, etc.) trailed by a smaller offering. Effective droppers are Buckskins, Mercury Pheasant Tails, Juju Baetis, Barr Emergers, Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, red Copper Johns, and RS 2’s in sizes 18-22.  The dry fly fishing should continue to improve as the flows receded. Carry plenty of offerings to match adult caddis, yellow sallies, and Pale Morning Duns. Make sure you bring plenty of Ben’s Bug Repellent, the mosquitoes and deer flies can get bad at times.

Effective Patterns: #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #18 Buckskin, #18-20 Juju Baetis, #18-20 FlashBack Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #14-16 Caddis, #16-18 PMD, #24 Stalcup’s Trico, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #10 Amy’s Ant, #10 Hoppers, #20-22 Parachute Adams, and #18-20 Sparkle Dun

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