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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: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Mid to upper 40’s

Hatches: Midges, blue-winged olives, and sporadic Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for good fishing for another couple of weeks. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing has been fair to good for resident trout at the Dream Stream.   Effective patterns include 18
egg patterns, red midge larva, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #18 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Buckskins, and Top Secret Midges. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges, blue-winged olives, and sporadic Tricos.  The afternoon (2 p.m.) “olive” hatch has be quite impressive! The slower pools and tailouts are providing some decent surface activity. Flies of choice are: Size 22 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico (for spinners and sunken spinners), and #24 Parachute Adams. The brown trout run is in full swing right now.  Watch your step in the shallow riffles to avoid stepping on redds.  Please don’t target trout on reads.  If you see browns in shallow water, assume they are spawning and leave them alone. There are a lot of Kokanee salmon in the river which adds a lot of excitement this time of year.  Crowds have been heavy!!

Effective Patterns: # 20-22 Manhattan Midge,  #10 Pine Squirrel Leech,  #14-16 olive or orange UV Scud, #14 San Juan Worm, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18-20 Buckskin,  #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Foam Wing Chocolate Emerger, and #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun.

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