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I was out at Spinney with my girlfriend and buddy and got skunked trying to fish some flies under an indicator. I saw these guys in pontoon boats hauling them in. One guy had an outboard on his pontoon boat. Anyway they were kind of rude when I finally asked them what they were using. Are midges and Chironomods the same thing?

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Chironomid is the uppety flyfisher term for midges...Spinney has a huge midge that comes off this time of the year...most midges are tied on size 18, 20, 22 hooks...the monsters at Spinney I believe are black and a size 10 or 12...which is huge by midge fishing standards...they crawl out of the muck and rise and hatch...right now Aurora Reservoir has been going through the same hatch of huge midges...it is why I believe the trout fishing has slown down so drastically in the last couple of weeks...they are sitting on the bottom eating midges...here is a link about them...

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/nqento/part20.html
 

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  ...and is the Spinney boat ramp in operation yet? :D
Water levels have increased and the North Boat Ramp is open to all boats. Courtesy docks are not in place due to low water levels. The South Ramp remains closed to all vessels due to low water conditions.
 

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This one kind of amazes me...

The water level at Spinney is lower than it has ever been...the south ramp has never been any good and it was a great idea since it is in the cove and protected from the wind...is there ever a better time to extend the boat ramp...hey Colorado State Parks spend some of that lotto money...it does cost that much to extend a drive way...I know Powerball is a 150 million tonight...and I am playing...

Oh and a second grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr thing...while I am making improvements at Spinney during a low water time...how about hauling in some rocks by the dump truck load and building a rock jetty right next to the north boat ramp on the west side of it...most of the wind at Spinney is that nasty SW cross wind that kills you at that boat ramp...or from the straight west that really kills you...if you had a rock jetty there it would semi protect that totally exposed boat ramp...I have seen sunk boats there...you think if nothing else State Parks would try and eliminate an unsafe situation...the last one would also make a rocky point for shore fisherman to have access to...not as intense as the ones at Marting Lake but similiar...this almost enough to get me on my soapbox about the lack floating docks at Aurora...but I will count to 10 and let it go...

Oh and thanks Terre!...I need a blushing smiley face here...just an avid fisherman...who when he isnt doing it...loves to talk about it...
 

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Well I was out at Spinney on Saturday and yes the chrinomidges were in full gear. Not sure it's an uppety term for the midge just the actually name of the midge and when you hear it you know exactly what the guy is talking about if i say hey use a black midge most people figure something small. Now the larve of a chrionomidge is actually red or a redish green so my experience last weekend was a size 12 black midge landed me one fish the same fly in red landed me nearly 20. The fishing stayed hot from when i got there at 9 till about 1:30 than they shut down on the midges but with my experience with this fly up at teh delanneys is an hour or so before dark they fish just go crazy for these things. I actually should be up on Spinney again this weekend trying to get my daughters into a big fish. So if you see a guy in a green drift boat with 2 little girls and a black lab swing by and say hi I'll be more than happy to show you the fly i tie for the uppety chrinomidge.



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Thanks everyone. I am trying to learn all of these things and its hard when people get mad at me for getting close to them. I just want to see what they are doing that is different than me.

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Just for the record we all started somewhere and we all have had those days where everyone around us is pounding the fish and we sit there staring into our box. My experience is if you aproach a flyfisher he will be more than happy to share what he's doing. It's not like sharing this info is going to kill the fishing where he is fishing. Be respectful and it's amazing what these guys will share with you.......




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The water level is probably going to be to low at ice off to launch now for years. The North boat ramp is very usable when the water is up or when the wind is out of control. I've had to drop people off at the South boat ramp and dock at the North. And if you think it bad at Spinney its much worse at Twin Lakes and Turquoise. Has anyone heard of any pike coming out of Spinney I can't seem to remember any recent reports.
 

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Chooch,

I use a red hook with a red bead glued to the hook that is killer at Spinney. Below that I tie a 6" fuchsia Gitzit about a foot down the line and I bounce that rig on the bottom. Most fish hit the red hook, but some big ones hit the Gitzit, especially if I eat a garlic sausage before I put the Gitzit on. I use 10 lb fluorocarbon b/c the fish are big and I always try to set the hook twice before I real the fish in.

I have seen a guy kill them with a diving rapala under a big baloon as an indicator as well.

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Chooch,

I use a red hook with a red bead glued to the hook that is killer at Spinney. Below that I tie a 6" fuchsia Gitzit about a foot down the line and I bounce that rig on the bottom. Most fish hit the red hook, but some big ones hit the Gitzit, especially if I eat a garlic sausage before I put the Gitzit on. I use 10 lb fluorocarbon b/c the fish are big and I always try to set the hook twice before I real the fish in.

I have seen a guy kill them with a diving rapala under a big baloon as an indicator as well.

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I guess there are plenty of ways to catch trout there.
 
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