As of last night there were no bug stones on the lower river below Byington. There are a few small yellow sallies flying around so we should see some big bugs and the rest of the hatches start any day now. In the meantime the best fishing has been with a rubber leg nymph with a san juan worm or golden stone nymph dropper.
The flow is 15,800 at Irwin and 9,000 at Lorenzo. The river has a slight green tint which is normal for this time of year. A word of caution about the river below Byington. The high flows remodeled the river so there are many new brush piles and obstacles to watch for. The North Twin Bridge has two strong back eddies. One on each side of the bridge directly below the bridge.
The stonefly hatch is always fun to predict. Its not unusual to see a light hatch in the lower river and then see it suddenly appear in the lower canyon around July 4th. That may be the case this year. We’ll keep posting updates in the meantime.