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Old 09-06-2012, 09:22 PM
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Default Straight Fork Post (2011) Flood

We fished Straight Fork today for the first time since the 2011 flood. We were about 1.5 - 2 miles above the new bridge and I'll have to say that I never seen such destruction that the flood did in the upper area of this creek. The lower section didn't seem to be damaged as much. The flood literally changed the course of the creek in a number of places. I fished one of my favorite pools today and there was a boulder the size of a VW bug in the middle of the pool that wasn't there before the flood. We struggled to catch any fish. Between myself and Rex we did manage a few Brookies but there were no Browns and very few Rainbows. I'm no expert fly fisherman but prior to the flood I've had alot of great days up there when 25-35 fish in the 6"-9" range were fairly common........no so today.. I'd say it may take several years for the population to return to the pre-flood days..... Its mind boggoling when you survey the destruction.... should you be in the area stop by and see for yourself...... I started to post some pictures but without some "before photos" the after photos wouldn't make much sense..... Momma Nature will heal our wounds !!

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Default Re: Straight Fork Post (2011) Flood

Hi Bob,

Floods are notoriously hard on aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates alike. I have walked flood planes after flooding and seen innumerable fish - crayfish - all stranded on the land after the waters recede. Time will repair your river but nothing actually replaces the immediate loss.

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