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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Fish: Rainbow Trout

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Post By: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: 8/29/2022 4:54:23 PM     Points: 99    
I have had my butt handed to me this year at SMR. I never remember a summer like this.

Bugs have not been abundant, but there are enough to stimulate fish activity. But I am seeing no fish or evidence of fish. It's like fishing a Walmart parking lot.

When I am there no one else is doing any good either. Has anyone had decent fly fishing there this summer? Does anyone know why this summer has been so poor?

Hope this is not a trend. One can always hope for next year, but I am not optimistic.
 Reply by: Spikey      Posted: 8/29/2022 7:12:08 PM     Points: 357
Don't feel bad, its happened to me too. Last 2 trips I've made there we netted 4 small pike with about 30 fishermen hours put in for that. I mostly lure fish because it gets so windy and have emptied my tackle box at them with no results.

There are a few earlier reports of guys slaying the trout on static nymph systems, but they don't go into great detail about what flies they are using other than "chironomids". Theories abound about fluctuating water levels, the pike have taken over the lake...

But I agree, fishing is tough there this year.
 Reply by: conneresenfuego99      Posted: 8/29/2022 9:20:59 PM     Points: 9
Definitely my slowest year at spinney.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 8/29/2022 10:20:09 PM     Points: 178
Im a 43 year vet of the Skunkmile. It has been killing me lately also. Just paying dues I reckon.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 8/30/2022 10:51:34 AM     Points: 376
IMO spinney always gets tricky in the summer for trout

but i will say i crushed it multiple times there in may on the usual flies, i usually only fish it from opener to end of may then i find the trout go deep and get harder to catch..plus theres better bites elsewhere by then
 Reply by: fish&wish      Posted: 8/30/2022 10:55:12 AM     Points: 10
Definitely a tough year but although much fewer fish they have grown very large and feisty....
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 8/31/2022 6:17:18 AM     Points: 1183
If the water is above 65 degrees the trout are deep in most lakes but still eating. It could be harder to find them in large lakes like SMR.
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