Water Conditions: Fair
Flows are 75 cfs as of 6/17
Check the flows frequently, it makes a huge difference
Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair
The fishing is fair BUT:
Flows have gone back down and only about 20% of normal and that combined with warming water temperatures will not help out the fishing. This will be the 2nd year with limited stocking of fingerlings and a computer programing glitch which removed "barbless" from regulations on any body of water that is stocked, no matter how limited it may be.
SO, it is up to us to protect this fishery, or we can be more concerned with ego gratifying pictures and videos and watch the death spiral of a once great fishery. If you must take pictures keep the fish in the water at all times and debarb your hooks.
With the cooler temperatures of the last couple of days the water temperatures should be good but with the expected warm up it shouldn't stay cool for long. Yesterday the water got up to 68 by noon and that was after a night in the high 30's. There's a lot of weeds being flushed out so nymph fishing, indicator or otherwise is difficult. Luckily dry droppers have been working well, with a lot of surface activity, mainly from smaller fish. Take a thermometer and take temperature readings frequently. Once the water gets above mid 60's it might be time to head elsewhere or at the very least be very aware of how the fish are recovering and land fish as quickly as possible. Better to break off a fish than exhaust it beyond recovery.
Okay back to the fishing. Very important to keep track of the flows. Under 40 cfs the fish get much spookier and skittish making for very tough fishing. Midges and caddis in the morning with caddis and Baetis midday, there are some Tricos in the early morning but not sure if that will last since they're a little early. If you feel like tying up # 32 Daphnia patterns the Daphnia are getting flushed out of the reservoir and they will actually key on them. The water is a bit murky, but it will vary a lot with the wind we're having.
DRIES: | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Caddis Adult Tan #14-16 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Chernobyl Ant #6-10 | Chernobyl org/grz #6-8
NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-22 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 | Tung Stud Black #18-20 | Glass Bead Micro May Olive #22-24 | S&M Nymph #20-22 | Tungsten Jig Baetis #16-20 | TTS Opal B/L #14-18| Tungsten Z- wing #14-18
STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #10-14 | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 | Punk Perch Light #10-14