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Old 08-25-2013, 10:56 AM
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Default Re: Flash flood possiblity in river Canyon?

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to get in trouble, you need not be near the storm...I've seen one flash flood in the Sierra after a huge thunderstorm. When you see full grown pines ripped out and carried away it'll get your attn.

Amazing Flash Flood / Debris Flow Southern Utah HD - YouTube
Yes this is what they look like. Two years ago, while dove hunting we got stuck on the only road out. The wash was bone dry three hour earlier, when we went in, and raging on the way out. Rain that caused it was 40+ miles away. We spent the next six hours waiting for it to subside. Learned a lesson that day.
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Default Re: Flash flood possiblity in river Canyon?

Now, to be fair, most places that you'd be fly fishing are going to be in the mountains (especially if you're in a canyon, obviously). If you're in the mountains, you're probably going to have trees - dense forest even. Woodlands have about the lowest runoff factor of any land use type. Places like the desert in that video may have a runoff factor of 2-3 times that of what you'd encounter in a mountain forest.
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Very true. But when 'forest's' have reached their 'saturation point' all hells going to break loose. Smaller the river collection point (Chetco River comes to mind here in So-Oregon) the more dramatic will be the result.

Seen that river go from 750 cfs to 10,000 cfs in just a few hours.
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I almost went fishing at Eleven Mile Canyon the days of that video that was posted. My drive takes me on US 24 west and I was glad to have stayed on base that night. Do not tempt mother nature out here.
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