After a heavy water season and a literal flushing of the system EVERYTHING has changed.
The flow rate is approaching normal seasonal levels:
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?!
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.
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.