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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

First Trip to Spinney

Post By: Scooter2019!      Posted: 6/4/2019 1:51:03 PM     Points: 0    
So I'm going to be taking my first trip to Spinney Res in the next week or so and I was looking for advice on where to start. I've got a generalized idea on fly patterns to use based on the time of year and recent reports and how to rig them. I will be doing shore/wading so very shallow depths, I keep studying the maps I find of the res and I'm having trouble deciding between the north west area (first parking lot), or driving past the dam and working the south/south west area. I don't mind walking, I'm just trying to determine what a good starting point is and go from there, I don't plan on hoping back in the car once I'm there so, work my around as I go. Any advice would be appreciated.

Also, is there anywhere I can find a map that lists the names of the bays/stretches of the res (or if anyone can list them off lol). I've read through several threads here and trying to figure out what part of the res people are referencing is a little confusing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thanks in advance!!
 Reply by: IrishMac82      Posted: 6/4/2019 1:58:29 PM     Points: 0    
You can stop at the Marina Store at 11 Mile and get a map. They are pretty cheap. They will also help you with some good spots.

I like to walk until I see fish surface. Even if its just a couple. Also pay attention to the wind. Casting into Spinney wind can be difficult if you're on the wrong side.

Good luck
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 6/4/2019 8:25:24 PM     Points: 1845    
Walk into inlet from the last river access. Typically I find fish there. The Upside is not many other guys go in there. There is a well marked trail. You’ll be behind the bird islands. Get the topo map at Sportman’s. Go fish !
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 6/4/2019 9:02:27 PM     Points: 6199    
Walking in from the river can take 35 minutes or longer, that sounds rough for the first visit.

I see a lot of shore between North boat ramp down to the dam. Often good shore action all the way in the Stadium corner, pheasant tails, copper johns at this time of year. Good luck.
 Reply by: Scooter2019!      Posted: 6/5/2019 6:43:49 AM     Points: 0    
Thanks for the tips, seems like the north/north east and inlet seem to be the general feedback I've gotten. As for the 30 minute walk I'll take it lol. Just did some back country streams a few weeks back so a shorter walk is welcomed lol.

As I'm used to rivers/streams, the biggest set up change I've read is just drastically increasing the leader/tippet lengths and having super slow retrieves with an indicator/bobber....does that sound about right?
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 6/5/2019 8:50:39 AM     Points: 15    
If you spend any more time planning this trip, you may not even have to go. Just wait for the book or the movie to come out and see if you had fun.

Just go fishing.
 Reply by: Scooter2019!      Posted: 6/5/2019 9:58:19 AM     Points: 0    
Haha, hey i've never found over planning to be a bad thing, I figure at the least it can't hurt me any, just gives me more options.
 Reply by: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: 6/8/2019 3:33:19 PM     Points: 10    
Hello, Just went to SMR and FYI the upper end is muddy. So don't walk in! Bird Islands are muddy on south and west sides. Otherwise, they look great. However, I boated all around them yesterday and not a fish was to be seen. Seems like all the action now is deep.