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dux_r_us 10-13-2013 07:09 PM

Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?
I'd call the Gila National Forest office and ask, but the Gov't is shutdown.

Can anyone provide information about the Gila River, especially the Western and Middle Forks, namely are they fishable? Did the fires impact the area around the Cliff Dwellings?

I will be in Southern NM about 25 October.



tx_newb 10-13-2013 07:16 PM

Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?
A couple friends and I have been looking for a backup backpacking trip for our original plan for a month or so now. One of the guys called the park ranger office at Gila the day before the shutdown. FWIW, In addition to mentioning the shutdown, the ranger he spoke with gave him a long speech about how bad the area is due to how much land they've had burned...basically spent 10 minutes telling him it would be a waste of time to come out. But who knows, maybe if the human traffic has been way down the fishing may have benefitted?

Hardyreels 10-13-2013 08:41 PM

Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?
I'm a long way from the impacted area but.............

If I were wanting to go there I would use the internet to search for hydrologic records for the region in question since the fire. This will tell you how much rainfall there has been and that will hint at how much ash and silt may have washed into the river since the burn.

The only way to really know will be to roll the dice and go.


dwtalso 10-14-2013 09:58 AM

Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?
The river near Gila, NM recorded flows over 20,000 cfs during last months monsoons (it's down to 82 csf now). That water pretty much came down out of the burned areas. Between that and the fact that the last burn devastated the newly recovered streams, I'd have very low expectations about fishing that area right now.

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