We launched for Gates on June 29th, took off on July 3rd. Bugs were horrendous at the put-in, as bad as anything I've endured. Reminded me of the Everglades. We called the last members of our group who were still in Denver and had them make emergency stops looking for bug headnets, 100% DEET spray, and citronella candles. The mosquitoes got better each day as the trip went on, but my son counted over 100 bites still visible on his body when we got back home...
I think the Green was at 9,200 the day we launched, with the plan to drop 1,000 cfs per day beginning on the 29th. We had big water in the Canyon, but I think the Yampa was only putting in about 2,000 or so by the time we got to the confluence, so the Split Mountain section didn't seem too big (definitely not Grand Canyon-like).
We arrived the day they found the body of the missing rafter. One of the groups that launched the day before us decided to split up, and one 6 year old went on the trip and another family with a 6 year old decided not to go. The group which didn't go let the group take their raft down, which then became lost at Disaster. I think it was found damaged a day or so later and most of that group might have left the river at Echo Park - info was a bit sketchy.