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Old 07-16-2014, 12:58 PM
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Feeling a little home sick, which is normal this time of year with 100 degree days in Tucson getting really old, and thought if I shared a few pictures of where I learned to fish as it may make me feel a little closer to home.

Here are some pictures of Greasy/Rock creek on some property my family owns on the east side of the coastal range in Oregon just outside of Corvallis, OR.

The creek(s) have been part of a larger water shed restoration program that has removed some manmade barriers and bank Stablization/Plantings projects to address passage and water temp issues.

I've caught thousands of wild cutthroat from 3" to 15" in streams and have seen several steel head - I never fished for them as they were so few and I didn't want to injure them.

We own a small house on the banks and I hope to retire there. Hope you enjoy.


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With all the rain the NW has been getting I asked my uncle to swing by our property and check out the house to make sure everything was ok. As you can see from the pictures above and the one below there's quite a difference. The creek crested two days after this photo was taken about 2' higher.

As part of the water shed restoration I mentioned in the previous post two new log piles were placed this past summer to create/improve spawning habitat. With this high flow I'm really excited to see how much gravel the log piles collected.

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That is a sweet looking small stream, I can understand why you would want to retire there, congrats!
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Yeah, between vineyards and marijuana farms, land in the Willamette Valley has gotten very pricey indeed.
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Yeah, between vineyards and marijuana farms, land in the Willamette Valley has gotten very pricey indeed.
Don't know much about vineyards and pot farms. The property has been in our family for 60+ years and will never be sold so price isn't really a concern for me. What is a concern is protecting and improving a place that is very special to me.
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Absolutely beautiful property you have there. I will admit though, that post rain high water picture would have me a little nervous.

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Absolutely beautiful property you have there. I will admit though, that post rain high water picture would have me a little nervous.

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Yep it was cause for some concern. In 1964 there was one of the largest floods recorded in the area and the house flooded with 6" of water. In the summer of 1965 the house was raised two and half feet. 1996 was the next flood event equal to the 1964 flood and the water only made it to the patio with no damage to the house so unless there's a 1000 year type flood all should be good.
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