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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Skunkorama

Post By: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: 8/9/2020 2:34:34 PM     Points: 23    
I have been getting my ass handed to me this summer. Have hooked a few but the fish have been burying themselves in the weeds, which is a lost cause. Mostly on black foam beetles. I am waiting for the fall dye off of weeds before ventuing forth again. To
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Aug. 9, 2:51:51 PM     Points: 68    
I agree. Never liked the dog days much. Need that change in the air to spark em.
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: Aug. 9, 3:09:14 PM     Points: 3829    
Sounds like you are a fly only guy so what I do in North Park when I'm on the water and fishing the weed beds with my fly rod , ( if your not in the weeds your not catching them ) I use full sinking to 5 ft. line and a BIG Hornberg or a black leach from Jackson Hole Fly's and they are at least 2 to 3 in. long .
Big and Ugly pulled over the weeds works for me . :)
Got this one on a bead head prince nymph in the weeds . The fly is still in his mouth . Just some ideas.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Aug. 9, 3:55:01 PM     Points: 6766    
My last three trips to Spinney have been frustrating as well. Super calm, which is nice for boating, not so much for catching. Sparse hatches, mainly damsels, but few rises.

I got one nice brown last Wednesday, and a few break-offs in the weeds. Week before, I hooked big ones, but they all busted off 2X leaders. Grrrr!
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: Aug. 9, 5:58:52 PM     Points: 112    
I caught 5 cutbows over 22" this weekend. Largest was 23.75". This is on spinning gear. I even caught a few on pike gear with 30lb floro leaders. Did have a few dig in the weeds, I just motored over top of them and pulled them up.

Caught a lot of other fish too. I love the weeds personally and don't spend anytime fishing areas without weeds.
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: Aug. 9, 7:58:22 PM     Points: 3829    
^^^ love the weeds !!!😁
 Reply by: Kithme      Posted: Aug. 9, 8:06:53 PM     Points: 371    
Guys!!! I know itís legal in CO but this is a fishing forum. 😉
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: Aug. 9, 8:19:56 PM     Points: 3829    
LMAO , that's why it works so good.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: Aug. 10, 8:49:24 AM     Points: 1927    
Using big flies in weeds but catching one on a Prince Nymph? I was just at N Delaney. I agree with the sinking line and short leader. I got a couple of nice Browns in open water. One on a small skinny Hare's Ear, the other on a size 8 olive leech. Fishing was very slow except for guys in deep water using indicators. Basically, the fish don't like warm water and are deep unless the have a good reason to come shallow, like a hatch. They will come in at night for Crawdads. Can't do that at Spinney.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Aug. 10, 9:15:25 AM     Points: 741    
I've also been using spinning gear, having success using my #4 black panther martin on rivers and lakes. It's like "welcome to Wakanda!"
 Reply by: Skaggs      Posted: Aug. 10, 10:33:31 PM     Points: 0    
Went up to fish the afternoon and evening ...and it was tough.....We managed to catch one 20" pike. Had a couple hard hits that were probably pike. No trout. We had a great time...and love the lake.