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Updated 7/21/2021

Both boat ramps are open.

Spinney was packed full of water and has come down about 18 inches in the last week. With the reservoir stabilizing, the fishing has picked back up a little. The weeds are really starting to grow and that helps make good habitat all over the lake. The primary hatches are callebaetis, damsels, and some caddis.

Some type of watercraft is your best bet right now. The ability to move around is key. It's typical fishing right now with some absolutely electric days followed by slower days. Move around, there are a lot of good spots on this lake.

Water temps are already very warm. Take note of this and stop fishing if you see temps at 67 or higher. This will most definitely be an issue through the rest of the summer.

Static nymphing and slow stripping bugs will be effective right now. The proper depth is key, make sure you play with your depth! Recently the fish have been very deep.

Effective Patterns

Snails, Hoppers, goddard caddis,  callebaetis size 16, Damsel nymphs, scuds, leeches

Stripping the good ole wooly bugger can be deadly at this time. Pike are becoming more active too, be aware of that when you are stripping anything. Go beefy on your tippet.

 

Spinney Reservoir is one of the best stillwater fisheries in the entire western US. The regulations are flies and lures only and you can harvest one trout over 20 inches. Fish species include: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout, Cuttbow trout, yellow perch, and Northern Pike. There are two boat ramps and several parking areas around the reservoir. It is a $7.00 daily pass fee to get in. Anglers bringing a boat make sure to clean it thoroughly because they are now inspecting for Zebra Mussels.

This is an area we specialize and are permitted to guide in, so give us a shot if you have any question or if you interested in allowing one of our Orvis-Endorsed guides to show you how to conquer Spinney Reservoir.

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Distance - 58 miles - 1 Hour 16 Mins