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Started by troutphisher, December 11, 2008, 15:47:20 PM
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I tried to get out today, but when I arrived on the stream it was a washout. I tried several locations early, and it was tough to stand in the current and maintain a 15 deg lean into the current and the water was coming up by the minute.
I went to another spot where the stream breaks up, through a labyrinth of channels and it was better for about 15 minutes, then the water started to spill over the banks.
I like a challenge as much as the next guy, but the odds were growing in deaths favor, so I pulled the pin and skeeeeeedaddled while I had a chance to get out.
Looks like you should have spent the day tying flies instead. At least we're getting some rain.
Sure hope this isn't in Western NC. Just started a stream restoration project over in Clyde that is hopefully not getting the same amount of rain. However, I doubt I could get that lucky! o-o
We created a new floodplain on Monday, which I am sure is getting really good use right about now.
dayum... that's some serious flow there tp......and I'll bet you were still tossing #22 midges!
Good to have the rain and the stream and fish need a change of pace...
yikes. glad to hear you didn't get pulled down stream. I have never seen it look like that before. I have seen it high, but not rageing. You need a drift boat for that water. I am guessing new structure and holding areas after this one.
USGS.GOV says about 2.5" of rain over the past 48 hours... creeks from red to black ----
I ditched the midges, and went with a size 14 ptn and #4 split shot, I had to check and scrounge around the back of the jeep and pull a fly from the cargo rug, but in hindsight it was futile.
I just checked the flow and it was at 1000cfs....and increasing, this is about 10x the normal flow.
If that's where I think it is, all this water should give it a good scrub, which may not be a bad thing given the drought. I guess if you were hell bent on standing out there you could have lashed yourself to a tree, but !
Hopefully it will have calmed down by early next week for a few days of looking for strong swimmers.
Thanks for the tip... sounds like you have experience lashing yourself to a tree.
I just spit in the bong.....
All the rivers in haywood County were the exact same sight as I drove by yesterday and still up and dirty about 11am this morning when I headed out.
Those pics are just damn scary.