The last time I got out to harass the trouts was Tuesday. On the drive over to Pierce County I had no idea that it was to reach 97 degrees that day. I hiked in from an anglers parking lot, and let's just say I was a bit over ambitious with the hike. That past Sunday I had cracked a rib playing a pickup game of baseball with the kids, and I underestimated the toll that would have on me as well.
Pretty much had the lower Kinni to myself, seeing two other anglers, and a few guys getting ready to float a raft from F down to the St. Croix. My hike took me upstream of the Weeping Wall of the canyon, and almost to what some call the Powerline section.
Water was low and clear. Midges were coming off profusely, but even late in the afternoon not many fish were rising to them. I have heard reports that the Ephemerella nymphs are plentiful, and just waiting for rain to emerge. I think the food sources under water are plentiful right now, and we won't see much in terms of qualty dry fly fishing untill we get a good soaking from above. My friend down on the Big River confirmed this in his post as well. Even swinging wet flies and streamers has got to be tough right now. Maybe targeting those panfish in the bays is a better idea until then.