Spinney is open and after a great first week of fishing, it has slowed down. This is a byproduct of the low water levels. The reservoir is still under 60% full and it will take some time to fill up. Hand launched vessels only, as the reservoir is too low for the boat docks.
Its going to be a very weird year at Spinney. Either they anticipate a lot of runoff into Spinney or they will substitute with some water through Homestake canal. Either way, expect some funky water levels at Spinney for the first couple months of the season.
Spinney is currently 58% full
Static nymphing will be your best bet right now. Various chironomids in sizes 14-20, scuds, leeches, and egg patterns all taking fish.
Streamers- Stripping the good ole wooly bugger can be deadly at this time.
The crowds will remain pretty thick through these first 2 weeks of Spinney being open
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.