Flow out of Mackay Dam has dropped from a little over 200 cfs to 160 cfs in the last few days. This means easier wading, warmer afternoon water temperatures, less overhead cover, and therefore a greater need for being stealthy and for playing fish quickly. Some western green drakes remain here, but terrestrial patterns are becoming more effective. Tricos are yet to be important, but should begin to be such any day now.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is currently about 185 cfs and has been just below 200 cfs for several days now. This is a great flow for not only good wading conditions in the river below, but also enough to provide good cover for trout residing there. Look for PMDs, afternoon flavs, and evening caddis activity to attract trout into a feeding mode. So bring life cycle patterns for all of these, plus traditional dry and wet attractors.
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.