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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, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are perfect right now and fishing has been good as of late. Anglers are reaping the benefits of some quality rainbow, cutbows, and brown trout that give this stretch its designation of the “Dream Stream”. Both nymphing and dry fly fishing has been productive as of late.  Nymphs of choice are Buckskins, Pheasant Tails, Barr Emergers, San Juan Worms, and Leech Imitations. Carry plenty of surface offerings to match caddis, yellow sallies, Pale Morning Duns, and Tricos.  Now is a good time to throw terrestrials on the down-wind banks to try and entice an opportunistic grab. Some big fish are looking up and don’t miss an opportunity to get more bang for their buck. 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