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Tuesday 6th September, 2011

Everything changes. I accept that, but I don't have to like it.

Last week, while Farrah was writing the front page for me (and doing a much better job than I could!), I was out looking at a bunch of streams that I haven't been to in a while.

This year, thing have been strange to say the least. A colder than average winter, more snow than average. A cold wet spring (and early summer), with just enough flooding. And to top it off, a hot hot summer. The spring floods were closer to average in intensity, but well above average in duration. I wasn't expecting the rash of emergency flood problems that occurred from May through July.

Aside from human flood issues, I wanted to take a look to see how some of the other streams faired, those away (upstream) from human influence of dams and roads. I'm not sure what happened, but this year many beaver dams blew out, gravel bars changed, channels are in new places, and overall it's a whole new world. I'm not sure how, but the majority of streams I hit have changed.

Perhaps one of the worst changes comes downstream of a dam in a location that both Ray and myself frequent quite often in the cooler season. This location has one of the deepest pools in the mid section of the river and is full of large picky trout (browns, rainbows and bulls) as well as voracious pike and nasty walleye.
Well, this place is no more. The river has cut off early, leaving a deep pool of stranded fish. The fish seem fine, except for the pelicans and ospreys, but with temperatures again reaching over 30 degrees, something might have to be done. I wish I new what.

Other than a few lost opportunities, this past spring has opened new horizons in local fishing that I am just discovering!

If only I had 3 more months of summer...

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