Last post by creakycane - September 30, 2022, 09:21:52 AM
Well, the water last few days has been very low and surprisingly clear. No boats, few fishermen. I'm sure they'll be cranking it up again before the end of today. 300, 600, ? Who knows. Caddis still around, and a handful of big dun mayflies ( isonychias?). Some glassy spinners that looked like fall ISO's to me, also. Nice to fish some pools that are tough wading at 300. Lower river still warm-feeling. Did more watching and driving all over than serious fishing. Saw a swarm of trico spinners around noon above a rippled area. Nice to leisurely poke around the Smith some days.
Last post by Onslow - September 29, 2022, 08:48:01 AM
Not a removal, but...
Russell lake is a recent build on the Savannah River. Work started in the 70s during the time when it seemed like the Army Corp wanted to damn everything. The lake came to fruition in the early 80s.
What was lost is 25 mile miles of remote Savannah River as it winds through a Fall Line. Gradient near Trotter Shoals runs about 25' per mile. The river here drains about 3900 square miles, and was the size of the New River at the VA/WV state line. A river this size with this much fall would have produced some some serious III whitewater at Trotter shoals, and some great habitat for bass. The topography here is somewhat hilly, and the river had many islands. What a treasure lost. Damn.
Just spent a couple days working in Calhoun Falls. This place is sparse. People who seek to move to Florida should consider lake like on the SC/GA border.