Several friends and I spent Sunday to Thursday on the St. Joe, exclusively in the area between Gold Creek and Spruce Creek Campground. To no ones surprise, the flows are high, about double of their usual seasonal values and about three times higher than on some of my previous trips. Also, the water is cool; I measured 10oC (50oF) on my thermometer on Thursday morning. At these flows, the river is running from bank to bank, with little exposed rocky shore. Adding to the perils of high flow and a full river, there seems to be much more slippery filamentous green algae covering the rocks. Thinking beyond my own narrow self-interest, the fish seemed to be quite healthy and spunky in these cool temperatures. As I am left-handed and the road is along the left bank (looking upstream), I generally picked my spots to fish along the right bank (keeps my backcasts over the river and out of the trees). I took a few dunkings in 4 days, but none were serious. On the mainstem St. Joe, there were solid concentrations of spinners above rapids at dusk. I think that these rusty brown mayflies were flavs. We saw a few similarly-sized (#14-16) olive mayflies (flav duns?) emerging during the afternoon. Elsewhere, we also saw a few large gray mayflies coming off. They may have been Gray Drakes. I was expecting to see good number of yellow sallies or golden stones, but I remember seeing only a very few. There were some large tan caddis flying around; a friend observed that these were forming mating swarms in the evening over some of the riparian pine trees. They would occasionally fly out over the water too. [I fished dries exclusively.] While there were multiple types of bugs flying around in the evening, we generally did not see cutts switch to consistent rises in the tailouts at dusk that we have seen at lower flows. At the present flow rates and these water temperatures, I think that we were seeing mostly reaction strikes. Anything that looked buggy that floated overhead in a slower water was a possible food item for the cutts. At these flows, they really didn’t have much chance to examine passing items closely. It was eat it now or never. During peak early afternoon or evening hatches, I did see the occasional fish rise more consistenly; casting a fly in their vicinity (pays to advertise….) usually produced the desired result. For most folks, and for us, the evening hatch was less productive than in previous years. I think that as the light fell, it became harder for the fish to see the flies from their feeding locations in these currents. During one drizzly afternoon while we lounged in camp, we did see small fish rising pretty consistently in some slow water. We never had an opportunity to fish a slot with a quiet tailout in the evening – too much competition for these spots even midweek.