Hitting the Reset Button

After a heavy water season and a literal flushing of the system EVERYTHING has changed.

The flow rate is approaching normal seasonal levels:

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It was a blue bird day without much cast defeating wind. Perfect setting for a day on the Putah.  I fished a bit with a couple friends and found Access #5 to be dramatically changed with higher flows along the north side of the island and deeper channels dredged all over revealing wonderfully clean cobble.  It had a Lower Yuba look.  Years of accumulated silt – GONE!  Good riddance!

The few feisty fish that came to hand were chubby, healthy yearlings just losing their parr marks.  It was apparent that they have faired well after the long period of high water.  They definitely didn’t appear to be having difficulty finding food and shelter.  Here’s hoping that the bug life also thrives with the change in substrate.  Give us something more than that #24 midge please?!

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Photo courtesy of Steve Karr

On the downside, thistles have grown to astounding levels creating virtual hedge rows.  They have replaced blackberry patches that were burnt to the ground along access 4 and 5.

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A hedge of thistle at Access #4

Putah Creek Trout has an ambitious slate of future work – one of the first steps will be to determine just how the Putah has changed. We all look forward to the challenge of relearning this special water after such a dramatic makeover.

2 Comments on “Hitting the Reset Button

  1. Thanks Dr Dan. New member and excited about Putah and it’s little ecosystem . Been at least a decade since I fished Putah. Hope to make it a father/son flyfishing trip option. Lemme know about any work I can do.

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  2. Thanks for your interest Barry! Keep coming back to check on the website and the Facebook page for upcoming projects. You can always Donate to the cause as well. More to come!

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