Originally Posted by Bionic Man
I will say we caught more big trout out of spinney 20 years ago. But fishing pressure was different then as was the "new lake effect".
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Back in the 80's when Spin open it was full of big cutthroat trout. 5-10lb cutts were common especially the first couple weeks after iceoff. Guess that's when Spinney got it's reputation and opening day madness. When the cutts expired DOW stocked rainbows and now the whirling desease free Hoffer rainbow.
The Hoffers grow fast but seldom over 22-23in. If you hook a 25"+ it prolly came as a Antero transplant when they drained that.
Do miss the early days but with a 20"average today on dryflys can't complain.