The flows have been increasing during the past week and are up to 5050 cfs at Irwin and 6000 at Heise. There is some muddy low elevation run off draining into the river from Antelope Flat which gives the river a nice green color (good for streamer fishing) by the time it reaches Heise. Flow out of Palisades Dam will be below 6000 cfs through April because of bridge construction going on just below the dam. The bridge is being constructed to decrease traffic flow across the dam. In May flow out of the dam may be up 12000 to 15000 cfs depending on weather and runoff conditions. By June flows could increase to around 20000, again depending on weather and run-off rates.
We are seeing good hatches of midges and have been using Harrop Fluttering Midges and Kingrey”s Lowrider Midges on top. Under the surface we have been using effectively Bennett’s rubber legs, zebra midge nymphs, and golden stone nymphs. Of the streamer patterns that we’ve tried olive or tan sculpzillas seem best especially when presented on thirty foot sink tip or full sink lines.