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I fished Spinney the past 3 days. Wed/Thurs the wind really blew hard. I managed to catch 6 on Wed. 5 on Thurs. and went early today and had 8. The weather today was bluebird perfect and I'm enjoying this lake, but have a lot to learn.
Any tips, pointers, fly or lure information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all and tight lines.
Bill
 

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Ive fished Spinney quite a bit in the past...it was a favorite place for me to go in early summer, but the wind was always pretty rough on me. i learned to work around it though, id fish for trout in the morning on the lake, switch to pike in the early afternoon on the flats, and then hit the river later around 3 or so...after that id fish the lake again until dark after the wind subsided. a couple of questions for you though that might help get you the info you wanted....what type of fishing are you doing? flyfishing, bottom fishing with bait or throwing hardware? are you trolling? from a boat or shore or pontoon or bellyboat? what species are you targeting? (trout or pike...) come on all of you guys on this board fish Spinney, throw out some info....
 

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Hello Ya'll,
I'm back in Flori-duh again. I both flyfish and spinfish. I'm new to flyfishing but have a fair amont of tackle.
The spinfishing has been most productive for me, I've found that the Rapala "blue fox" rainbow trout spin bait has been the most effective. Next most productive I've found is a florecent orange Panther Martin spinner. I tried several of the Jig type baits purchased at the General Store up there, but only managed one fish on those.
I fished primarily in the dam area and around to the inflow area. I saw a lot of large fish in the water but the largest I've I've caught there so far is an 18" rainbow. I walk the bank, although I have purchased a one man small pontoon boat which I have not yet set up or tried.
The boat ramps were still closed, although I did see 2 or 3  12-14' boats on the water with small outboards.
Again, any information would be greatly appreciated.
PS, I have never "bait fished" for trout, and although I saw 2 people at Spinney doing it, it is illegal.
I am primarily a trout fisherman, but when the pike get going I will switch from my 4# outfits to the 12#. I just love to catch fish.
Headed back to Colorado June 7. :)
 

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The box says Vibrex Blue Fox Rapala, Finland so who knows?
I believe I had one Pike bit on a large brown jig bait. The fish hit and ran like a wahoo and parted the 2/6 Fireline like it was 2# mono.
I did try fishing a 5" rainbow Rapala for about 40 minutes or so with no success. Keep in mind, I have no clue about pike fishing.
 

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it seems that you are trying to grasp the concept though keep it up whadley you will land the big one soon
 

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Does anyone else on this message board fish Spinney?? Can I get a little local knowledge help here?? If you come to Flori-duh, I'll give you more saltwater offshore and inshore information than you can get, on your, own in a lifetime. I thought this was a forum to share information and help each other. Nawanda worm guy, do you fish Spinney?? What flies/lures do you find most effective?
 

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I have fished spinney for the last 4 years,the first 2 i shore fished,the last 2 i have trolled.I've caught numerous 20+fish out of there.My #1 lure has been a kastmaster in cutthroat 1/4 oz,but all the holigraphic ones work.Lately i have come to the conclusion that the fly guys are much more sucessful with a nymph under an indicator.So i would break out the fly gear and belly boat and give this method a try.I have been out there Monday and today trolling and have been very sucessful(20+fish each day)but nothing over 18 inches.Talking to the fly guys, they have been more sucessful with the larger fish .I hope this helps some. lynmack
 

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Lynmack,
Thank you for the information. It looks like most of the belly boat and pontoon boats concentrate just off the grass beds near the boat ramp. I guess this would be a good starting point?
 

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great starting point from the boat dock head south about 30- 40 yards then head back east towards the dam the cast-masters work well however i would try bouncing tube jigs off the bottum i would try browns reds or dark greens 2-4 inch let me know how you do
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Whadley,

The "Blue Foxes" will take both Pike & Trout in Spinney and they're not expensive either.

I don't fly fish it, though I've hooked nice trout (and LOST them) on Pheasant Tails about size 14 - 16. Problem is, Pike will take the flies too and little bitty one's don't discourage them. Wooly Boogers will work. Go figger

Othersize, throw the stuff that is usually successful for pike. They're hungry and will make you happy. You won't need deep-running stuff yet. Hang in there. :D GIT HER DUN!
 

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Hmmm.... From Denver, Spinney is only like 1 to 2 hours rite? I think I've driven past the exit to it before.. Don't you take like, 285 west?
 

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1eye take 285 to fairplay then just out of fairplay take a left to Hartsel.Not sure of the highway,but im sure alot of these guys know.Then its 10 miles futher on the same highway.2 hours to the lake from denver.If you go,go early because the winds pick around 11,though i've caught some of my biggest fish on the windiest days.Trolling has been excellent with jointed rapalas and tazmanian devils in pink.Probably the best chance at a trophy rainbow or brown in the state.                        lynmack
 

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Thanks, lynmack!!!

Will have to visit the lake soon here.
 

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I have a small cabin in Indian Mtn just East of Jefferson. I've found that by taking Elkhorn, the dirt road also known as CR15 I can be at Spinney in about 45 minutes. It's 35 miles from the cabin to Spinney entrance. If I take the paved roads it's 58 miles and about an hour and ten minutes.
Bill
If you took a left off 285 just before Como on CR 15 and stay to the right at the firehouse(5 miles in on 15) this will dump you out on 24 just west of Spinney. The road is in very good shape and you can travel at a good speed safely, when it's dry.
 

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Thanks Whadley,

I turned down that road last summer going to 11 mile but thought it might run out or go to pot(hole) on me. Next time I will not worry about dragging the boat down it.

Thanks again,

Dan
 

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If your near Jefferson/Como (285) you can also take CR15/ Elkhorn to Spinney. I have a cabin in Jefferson and it's 35 miles if I use Elkhorn (dirt road well maintained) vs driving the 58 mile paved way.
Bill
 
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