Date Posted: July 31, 2019

The river remains clear after missing the rain the last couple of days.  The lake is about 4 ½ feet high and we are seeing 2-unit generation from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. With this generation, the lake should be back to normal levels by mid to late August.

Since the generation is continuing until 11:00 pm, the river never gets to low water levels before the new water arrives.  This shortens the time for fishing falling water.  During this period my best flies are still the size 14 weighted mayfly nymphs and weighted midge pupas.

Please exercise caution and be aware of the rising water.  All fisherman should be cautious when drifting the high water.  Especially small boats, kayaks and canoes.  In my opinion, the risk is too high for the pleasure you want from your trip.  If you do decide to fish the high water, a guide is a good investment since he will maneuver the boat, watch for obstacles while you fish and has a good knowledge of the river.  Be safe while enjoying the river.

Good Fishing!!
Greg Seaton


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