Monday, July 12, 2010
A Matter of Survival
We have not had significant rain here in many weeks and it has taken a toll on the stream levels of many wild trout streams.
I took a walk along one of them last Friday and here is what I saw. The levels were at the lowest I have seen on this stream. The water temps were at a very critical 68 degrees, and if it were not for the heavy leaf canopy, they would be at deadly temps. I observed the trout holding in the riffles to grasp as much oxygen as possible, they darted for cover as soon as I was noticed. Many of the undercut banks still provided safty. I noticed that the stream held many 3 to 5 inch trout, and a few larger ones observed. And something else showed itself in the low water, lots of crayfish. The need for rain is critical if this stream is to survive.