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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Any news?

Post By: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: 7/20/2019 12:50:43 PM     Points: 10    
I have not heard from anyone recently about SMR. Have been fishing Antero with some success, but it is close to being too weedy. Normally SMR has been fishing well for some time by mid July? Does anyone have news? Thanks --
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Jul. 20, 1:52:54 PM     Points: 26    
I'ma gunna check it tomorrow.....
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Jul. 20, 4:14:33 PM     Points: 5820    
Hey Dingoman,
can you share any more info on Antero I was going to visit Antero next Wednesday, and would love to hear your information!
 Reply by: VINNIE      Posted: Jul. 20, 8:12:08 PM     Points: 730    
Spinney started out normal this year with the chironimids and has been slow since. Big damsel hatches but the fish must be confused cause there not lookin up. I did well on damsel nymphs this week in 3-5 fow.. Not one callibaetis to be seen and a few caddis with 10 million skitters to deal with on the shoreline. I believe all the bugs headed west to Antero but Spin is due to turn on and last later into fall.. Cheers
 Reply by: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: Jul. 21, 12:56:11 PM     Points: 10    
Vinnie, thanks for the information. Yours is the best for SMR.

Malty, Antero is running hot and cold for me. Fish are eating aggressively near the top at dawn until the weather drives you off the water, but I don't know what they are eating - I suspect tiny midge. I see plenty of swirls but no noses.

I am a "fly changer", meaning if I don't get action on a fly in 15 minutes, I change. What has worked best for me this year has been 14 black midge with white tuft at the eye. Have fished red and olive midge with no luck.

There are a lot of callis this year flying around, although I have not seen many on the water. I don't see fish coming up to eat them, but they are eating the nymphs. The fish seem to like a 14 or 16 BH hare's ear which is very pale in color better than a closer imitation of a calli.

Tons of small damsels flying about. I have fished damsels, both dry and wet, without success. It seems that the damsel hatch is over, as I don't see any swimming in the water as I did several weeks ago.

My buddy has had some luck on a green scudzilla and a black ice cream cone. Have tried streamers without success.

There are a lot of fish in a foot or two of water, eating aggressiively, but on what we have not been able to figure out. And we keep trying everything in our box, including terrestrials! Unfortunately, your time to figure the fish out has been limited by the wind which comes up every day around noon.

We have been trying to find water without weed towers in about 8 - 10 fow and fishing there. Files about 6-7 feet down, and keeping them moving a bit to avoid them nesting in the weeds. Need to keep the rod high when a fish eats to keep them from tangling on the bottom.

Hope this helps. Good luck, and send us a report if you go.