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Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain (CO)

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by flinch, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. flinch

    flinch Nortius Maximus

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    Fishing Report: Spinney Mountain Resevoir (Hartsel, CO)
    April 14, 2003
    Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, mid-60s, breezy

    Water conditions: clear, 40' below normal

    Effective lures: Black and yellow marabou jigs, black jigs, egg patterns, spinners

    Despite extremely low water conditions, the promise of early trout fishing on Colorado's most popular Gold Medal Water brought out a good-sized crowd on a Monday morning. Small fleets of tubes worked the coves, while the vast majority of shore fishermen lined the face of the dam.

    The fishing had slowed down from the intial mad rush on opening day, but a well-presented lure or fly equalled consistent fishing for trout between 13"-21". Marabou jigs on a slow, erratic retrieve took several large rainbows; the biggest being a fat, 21" rainbow that fell to a black woolly bugger jig. Most of the hits took place on the fall, so be prepared to set the hook at anything that feels out of the ordinary.

    Panther Martin, Mepps, and Rooster Tail spinners were popular with smaller trout, particularly those that were stocked during the fall of '02.

    By far, the most effective pattern was an egg-pattern fly suspended underneath a bobber. Most anglers set their indicators at around 24", then fished it about 10 yards out from the face of the dam. This technique was particularly effective when the wind kicked up. Rainbow and cutt-bow trout are cruising just off the dam, so don't be particularly concerned with long casts. Pink and light orange colors were the best fish-producers.

    With warmer weather in the forecast, the fishing should improve, and there should be some nice hatches coming off in the near future. Right now, focus on attractor patterns like woolly buggers, egg flies, and spinners. Fish slow and be alert. Large trout don't smash lures - that tiny little tap might have a five-pound rainbow attached.

    Fish on...
     
  2. 3MartiniLunch

    3MartiniLunch Vegan Slayer

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    hey flinch, I'll be out there June 21 to June 28...
    any advice?
    you think A-Basin will be open that late? I'd like to ski if possible.
    thanks,
    3ML
     

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    flinch Nortius Maximus

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    In June, your best bet would be to use a float tube (not enough water to launch conventional watercraft) and work the weedbeds. There are some pretty decent hatches (midges, callibaetis) coming off in the morning. Scud patterns work, but honestly, if you're trying for a pig, tie on a big, black, weighted wooly bugger and fish it slow.

    If you get to the lake early in the morning, you should be able to pick up cruisers along the dam face, but they bolt for deep water after the sun rises.

    A-Basin expects to close July 4, so you can make a few turns/