It’s Hot! But the river is still cool. That’s the story over the last week with temps touching the century mark. As of now, they are generating enough water to keep the river cold and the trout in good shape. One generator has been running for about 4 hours each day, usually late in the afternoon for the last few days.
The fishing has been good with the main bite being from early morning to about 2:00 pm. I am suggesting ½ day trips from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm or full day trips from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is working well with comfortable fishing conditions. Wet wading is available in the mid to lower river with comfortable water temperatures. Waders are probably needed from the dam to Cow Shoals.
The best fishing seems to be in the areas of deeper water above and below the shoals. The trout are strong and are showing a lot of fight when hooked. This is a sign of good temperature and oxygen levels.
There is still a midge hatch early and then some time during the late morning or afternoon, blue winged olives are hatching. Small pupas and emergers seem to be the best choice of flies.
Drink plenty of water and enjoy the river.