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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

Water Temperature:  Low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows remain above their normal historic level for this time of year.  Releases have remained consistent for a couple months which is good news for South Platte enthusiasts. Anglers willing to work hard and cover a lot of water are still reaping the benefits of some nice fish.  Effective patterns include: egg patterns, red midge larvae, #10 Pine Squirrel Leeches, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #22 Buckskins, #22 Manhattan Midges, #22 Black Beauties, and #22 Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges in the slow pools and tailouts.  Dry flies of choice are: Size 22-24 Matt’s Midge, 22-24 Griffith’s Gnats, and #24 Parachute Adams.

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #10 Mayer’s Mini Leech, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Buckskin,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #24 Parachute Adams, and #22-24 Griffith Gnats.

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