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Report Date: 7/16/2024  

Current Conditions: 

Spinney has continued to fish on the slower side, but some nice fish are getting caught. Persistence is the key here this year, and most successful anglers are having to move around quite a bit to find success. The mornings have been the best and we would recommend being on the water at sunrise or shortly after. We are seeing some borderline hot water temps at Spinney. This lake usually warms up very fast this time of year. As a reminder, the higher water temps will decrease the dissolved oxygen and the fish will become sluggish. Outside of the callibaetis and damsel hatches, fishing will be on the slower side. The callebaeits are comprising most of the bug activity and we are also seeing good numbers of damselflies. Fishing has been consistent during the hatches but dies off when the hatches are done. The fish have really spread out and some type of watercraft to access more locations is ideal right now. Shore fishing can still be had but it has gotten tougher to access the better areas of the lake.

Both the north and south boat ramps are open.


We are still seeing chironomids, but the callibaetis are the big news right now. These mayflies are preferred food sources by the trout and they will gorge themselves on this large mayfly. Damselflies are also prevalent right now and can afford some very fun stripping and even dry fly fishing. Focus on the callibaetis and damsels in both their premature and adult stages. Leeches, scuds, and streamers are also good options.


The majority of fish have spread out into the lake a little more and float tubes, kayaks, or boats are the way to go right now. Try static indicator nymphing at various depths, or even midge stripping the above hatches. Sometimes these fish like horizontal movement in the presentation. The depth you are fishing will be THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR in nymphing. With the warmer water temps, fish have started to feed at greater depths. Focus on the 10 foot to 15+ foot depths.


With the water temps being on the warm side, its best to focus your efforts on the front end of the day. The fish have all but shut off after the hatches, so plan your fishing times around the bug activity. When it on, it will be on, but anglers can expect some significant down periods before and after the hatches. One thing we like to do is "follow the rises". Look for fish consuming adult mayflies and then concentrate your efforts in that general area.


Short Term-  After an extremely hot period of weather, we will see things cool off a bit and return to near average for this time of year. Daily rain chances will also increase significantly this week. This is a welcome sign with the higher water temps we are seeing in the lake. Temps will be in the mid to upper 70's with chances of rain around noon each day. This is a typical pattern we see this time of year and really marks the start of our "monsoon season".

Long Term-  Looking past this coming week, it appears we will see more of the same. Monsoon season typically arrives about this time of the year. Longer range forecasts are pointing at at least a couple weeks of this pattern. After the extreme heat we are hoping these daily storms follow through. As we hit mid summer the focus will be on the severity of wildfire season. These storms will help mitigate this. Forecast trends are pointing at some drier conditions in the August timeframe, but we will have to wait and see how that develops.

Run Off update-

After about 5 weeks of extremely high flows all over the state, we are finally starting to see things on most rivers return to normal. This runoff season was one for the books.


This is an area we offer guided fly fishing trips. Angler's Covey is home to some of the best and most passionate stillwater experts in the area. If you would like to try your hand at stillwater fly fishing, give us a call! You wont be disappointed.


Our Top Nymphs for Today:

* Galloups callibaetis, size 16

* Mini leech jig damsel, size 14

* Poxyback Callibaetis, size 16

* Bubbas callebaetis, size 16

* Hares Ear, size 14-16

Our top Dry Flies for Today:

*Parachute Adams, sizes 14-18

*Adult damsel, size 14

Morrish May, grey, size 14-16


Our Top Streamer Patterns for Today:

  • Baby Gonga, white/yellow, rainbow, size 8
  • Swim Coach, black/purple, size 4
  • Meat Whistle, crawfish size 1/0
  • Home Invader, olive/white, size 6


See below for Spinney Mountain Reservoir Map, or CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir Map



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 $9.00 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