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Jay Ford Thurston - Trout Streams and Floods Options
William Schlafer
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:23:54 AM
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Jay Ford Thurston's latest article in the Vernon Broadcaster is about Trout streams and epic floods, like the one the Driftless Area absorbed back at the end of September. For a change, it's not bad news.


-Bill
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weiliwen
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:30:36 AM
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Location: Lincolnshire, Illinois
I'm from the Pacific Northwest. We get a lot of rain, especially the coastal streams, and flooding is common. Agreed, it doesn't hurt the fish much, although fall Coho and Chinook fry can suffer. The big problem is that repeated high water tends to wash out the insect life upon which salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout depend. In the old days, dead salmon and steelhead fed the fry, but runs are significantly reduced these days, so the coastal streams tend to not be too fertile, like Driftless streams are.
DanE
#3 Posted : Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:54:16 PM
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I usually take what Jay Ford Thurston writes with a grain of salt, but this is actually a pretty good read, based on facts and not just his anecdotal evidence and opinion. ThumpUp
HookJaw
#4 Posted : Friday, October 28, 2016 5:08:23 AM
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DanE wrote:
I usually take what Jay Ford Thurston writes with a grain of salt, but this is actually a pretty good read, based on facts and not just his anecdotal evidence and opinion. ThumpUp


Yeah! After the usual quotes from his own book (pimpin' as usual) ... he actually quoted someone else ("research"!!!).



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William Schlafer
#5 Posted : Friday, October 28, 2016 1:38:23 PM
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Location: Sussex Wisconsin
If you happen to be in the area of Viroqua, take a drive down highway 14 towards Readstown and view the flood damage along Reads Creek.

An amazing amount of rock, gravel and debris piled up and rearranged though the valley. A couple of small bridges completely wiped out and several bigger ones damaged. That big familiar metal sundial along the roadway was tipped over by the force of the water. The nursery took some damage also, although it looked like most of the buildings were intact.

You have to have some pretty thick skin to live in that valley.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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