Shod be fine by August, but flaming gorge is releasing 8600 cats right now. This will drop to 4,600 starting Monday, and may remain that way for some time. Dog friendliness at the above levels is less certain. I imagine the fishings tougher too.
The USBR was saying in a recent post that they will hold the 2400cfs level for the entire summer season. Sounds great but I will believe it when I see it. Typical August is 1600 when they generate electricity and 800 when they don't.
As far as trail hikers, that's why I said river right- trail is river left. Plenty of room to pick the dogs back up before you reach a wade fisherman. There is more than one use of a river, though I do realize 99.9% of the traffic on that stretch is not aware of that fact. I think it is important to be respectful of other resource users, which includes things like keeping your dogs from disturbing fisherman, and also letting other users pass as opposed to occupying the navigable width of the river with cast and backcast without ever yielding to let people by.
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