Flow out of Mackay Dam is about 80 cfs. This means wading in the river below is easy. Midge and some BWO emergences still attract fish here, but flows are sure to increase when irrigation demands kick in. We will report here when this increase takes place.
With flow less than 100 cfs below Mackay Dam, fish are concentrated and taking midge life cycle patterns with gusto. Any day BWOs will begin emerging in significant numbers giving feeding trout afternoon variety. Pick low light conditions for best fishing. With such low flows expect fish to be wary making a stealthy approach necessary.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is only 54 cfs. This amount will concentrate fish into deeper holes and result in little bank side habitat for young trout. Small bead head nymphs, BWO and midge life cycle patterns will bring action. Be ready for stormy weather if you try the river here!
With flow out of Mackay Dam down to 170 cfs, wading the river below is easy. Just remember that a lot of private land borders the river here. You are legal by walking within the high water mark, so respect the private land and enjoy tricos in the morning and BWOs later in the day. Look for the river below the dam to drop further as the water storage season begins.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is at 200 cfs making for safe wading in the river below. Morning trico spinner activity with fish responding makes for good action. The later in the day follow-up is with hopper patterns trail by either an ant pattern or a bead head nymph.
With 250 cfs coming out of Mackay Dam, wading is easy in the river below. This makes for a great choice for a morning visit as tricos are quite active. After they wind down go to terrestrial patterns and a great day of fishing can result.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is a bit over 350 cfs. Craneflies are quite active and fish in the river below are responding well. Wade carefully or consider a float trip.
With flow out of Mackay Dam still close to 500 cfs, wading is limited. The flow is sure to drop, and make for easier wading to meet flav and terrestrial insect and later trico activity. Floating the river to fish is possible, and caddis, PMD, flav life cycle patterns will work. Likely some golden stoneflies remain. We will post decreases in flow here as soon as such happens.
With flows out of Mackay Dam around 700 cfs into river below, wading is not easy. Be careful!
Flow out of Mackay Dam raised to 150 cfs three days ago, and to 320 cfs yesterday. This put an end to easy wading in the river below the dam and also puts fish down for a while.