June started off the same way as May ended with 2.5″ of new rain in the valley. The lake is now at 91% full, with inflows right around 3700 cfs. As of right now there is no plan to bump outflows into the river until the reservoir is full.
The dry fly fishing continues to remain surprisingly strong with our spring hatches of midges and blue winged olives. The upper 3 has had the most consistent dry fly action but 3 – b has also offered up some really good surface action for those who know where to look. There is a lot of dead biomass and a mix of bug life in the surface film the lower you get. Spinners, cripples, dead midges and terrestrials are all around. The water has been getting very mossy and off color from all the rain about 10 miles down river. It is still fishable on the left bank after soap creek. It will still be sometime before the lower river below Bighorn access is fishable.
The water temp down at three rivers is 50 degrees now. Once water temperatures reach the upper 50’s we can expect to see our next round of insect emergences. This won’t happen overnight with these low flows this year. Dry fly anglers for now will have to enjoy the tail end of the excellent spring emergences for now. We are banking on excellent hatches of pmd’s, sallies and both tan and black caddis throughout the summer this year.
The nymph fishing has been great the past few days. With increased water temperatures fish are starting to move into some faster water. The fish have really plumped up after gorging on insects all spring. Black, cream, red midges, bwo nymphs and sowbugs are taking the most fish. Sowbugs have definitely become more effective as of late.
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