With flow out of Mackay Dam dropping near 300 cfs, the river below is in great shape for walk-in wade fishing. This time of year tricos begin attracting fish in the mornings, and flavs take over in the afternoons. Of course the tricos are more numerous! The other big attraction to fish will be terrestrial patterns. The real old-timers fishing here prefer to fish streamers as darkness falls. So consider!
With flows out of Mackay Dam close to 500 cfs (that’s close to normal for this time of year) , wading with caution can be done in the river below. A few golden stones may be hanging around, but caddis life cycle patterns and dry attractors might bring the best top water action. Try rubberlegs, medium sized (#8-10) wooly bugger types, soft hackles, and your favorite bead head nymphs for below the surface.