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SUMMER HOURS: 6AM TO 6PM DAILY

Report Date: 7/19/2024  

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.

Hatches:

We are still seeing some 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.

Tactics:

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.

Tips:

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. With all of the weeds getting pretty thick, its a good idea to beef up on your leader and tippet sizes right now. 2x is a good bet.

Weather:

Short Term-  We will continue to see about average temps in the upper 70's/ low 80's and increased chances of afternoon thunderstorms. These rain chances could be pretty high, especially through the weekend and on Sunday. Sunday is all but a sure bet we will see a good clip of moisture up here. Wind does not look to really be a factor over the next several days, but could get really intense if a strong storm moves through. 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 weekend, we will still have some chances for afternoon rain, but significantly less than we will see this weekend. It looks to be heading towards a bit warmer and drier pattern, at least for the moment. Longer range forecasts are hinting at drier and warmer weather through the rest of the summer. As always, we will have to wait and see what that brings.

 

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RECOMMENDED PATTERNS:

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