Its not a secret anymore, Salmonflies are out!
We have been seeing big bugs across the majority of the river. We have been having luck on streamers and
Caddis flies and PMD’s have been out above Jerry Creek, so don’t be afraid to try a smaller dry behind your salmonfly pattern. Miracle caddis, elk hair caddis or Tan/Brown Twisted Baby have worked in the last couple of days.
The canyon is floatable, but please be aware that it is still moving fast! The diversion dam is only advised for “expert” level rowers, as the second wave has a boat flipping curl on it. Watch the flows, if it is between 5,000 – 6,000 at Maiden Rock, the diversion will continue to be dangerous. Dropping river levels has really spread the boater traffic out, and people have been floating the everywhere from Mudd Ck all the way down to Notch Bottom.
We expect Saturday to be quite busy, and don’t forget that the stretch from Jerry to Divide is closed to outfitting and non-resident anglers. It is closed Divide to Melrose on Sunday. Be safe out there, have some patience in the parking lots, and catch some fish!