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Old 05-14-2010, 10:34 PM
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Default A BIG scare on the Big Horn

I`m sure anyone who reads the paper in Wyoming knows about the train derailment we had in the Wind River canyon on Wensday. I has working out of town when I got the news right after it happend and thought the worst. Them trains carry some pretty scary"stuff" but thank GOD only the lead engine made it to the water and two cars carring dirt tipped and spilt some. The two engioniers made it out OK. Ive been waving at those guys for the last 9yrs while fish`in the canyon. The worst of it was the diesel that spilled from the engine, about 4000 gallons of it! I thought I was going to come home to a lot of dead fish and a spoiled river today but to my amazement there is no trace of any spill and I saw no dead fish. A lot of it was contained with booms and it sounds like the clean-up crew was right on top of it to keep as much of it removed as possible. I talked to a biologist who was on the river and she said she was suprized by how fast it cleared out and the little impact it had on the life in the river. The ph is normal and she said there should be no longterm affects. I`ve known since I first seen the conyon that a train wreck is immenent, what can you do... This time we got lucky!
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I`m sure anyone who reads the paper in Wyoming knows about the train derailment we had in the Wind River canyon on Wensday. I has working out of town when I got the news right after it happend and thought the worst. Them trains carry some pretty scary"stuff" but thank GOD only the lead engine made it to the water and two cars carring dirt tipped and spilt some. The two engioniers made it out OK. Ive been waving at those guys for the last 9yrs while fish`in the canyon. The worst of it was the diesel that spilled from the engine, about 4000 gallons of it! I thought I was going to come home to a lot of dead fish and a spoiled river today but to my amazement there is no trace of any spill and I saw no dead fish. A lot of it was contained with booms and it sounds like the clean-up crew was right on top of it to keep as much of it removed as possible. I talked to a biologist who was on the river and she said she was suprized by how fast it cleared out and the little impact it had on the life in the river. The ph is normal and she said there should be no longterm affects. I`ve known since I first seen the conyon that a train wreck is immenent, what can you do... This time we got lucky!
That is good news thanks for the report! After I saw the news of the train wreck I was really afraid the Wind River would suffer from this accident. Your title was a little misleading it says "Big Scare on the Big Horn", should have said "Wind River", no biggie, I just thought you should know.

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Old 05-15-2010, 09:22 AM
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Default Re: A BIG scare on the Big Horn

I cant kid myself or nobody else. I know this wreck has killed fish and affected life in the river. The only real good thing other than no very toxic **** other than diesel was spilt is that the wreck was just two miles into the canyon and not further up in rapid water were it would of mixed into the water more. The mouth of the canyon was the best spot to fish. I wont really know how bad it is untill I get in there and fish it. I am scared for the river and the fish becuase just by looking at it you cant see the damage. This gave me a flashback of the wreck on the upper Sacramento 20 odd years ago and the reality is it could happen anywhere. The Big Horn sure has took a beat`in so far this year...If the wrong **** got in the river the whole thing could of been dead. To me thats real scary!
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:24 AM
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Default Re: A BIG scare on the Big Horn

I got good news, although I`de been working out of town for two week and was grounded to the house by my wife...I just could`nt stand not knowing what the impact was in the lower canyon so I went-she`ll get over it. I started two miles down stream from the wreck and was`nt too optomistic about seeing much but just a few yards up I saw a 20" bow rising for mayflies. I brought my rod along for the scout trip w/ my favorate go-to fly "bugger" and the fish took it on the third pass. From then on it was business as usual. I high tailed I up to the wreck and spotted many large feeding fish and I caught three bows and one brown, all over 20". I even hooked a very large bow that might of been bigger than the largest I ever got in the canyon, 28.5". It got off but I was`nt a bit sad about it.

Anyway`s, I just thought ya`ll would want to know about it. A world class fishery just got spared from a potental catastrophe!
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