Palisades Reservoir is currently 74% full and releasing 8,000 cfs of cold and clear water. The flows have come down this week from 10,000 cfs as irrigation demand dropped due to all the rain we had last week. This flow opens up a lot more opportunities for wade fishermen or boaters who like to stop and wade fish. The drop in flows also signals the first of the “mutant” Golden Stones to hatch.
The mutants hatch at night and the early morning hours so anglers who hit the river first thing in the morning can be rewarded by skating and twitching their favorite Chernobyl Ant style patterns. Terrestrials, PMD’s and a variety of nymph patterns make up the mid-day action. The evening Caddis hatch remains impressive as well. There are opportunities to fish from dawn to dusk and beyond this time of year. Early morning and late evening floats have the added benefit of avoiding most of the crowds as well.
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