North Fork Stilly Condition

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Evan Virnoche, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. I heard from someone the other day that there is some serious clarity issues on the north fork. Rumor has it that something broke loose in Boulder a creek. Can anyone verify this info. Supposedly you cant even see your feet in 6 inches of water
     
  2. Preston

    Preston Active Member

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    I was on the North Fork last week to take some product review pictures. I was at the Whitman Road bridge and at Seapost; the water was fishably clear at at Whitman and moreso at Seapost (but that was before the rains of the last couple of days). Boulder River used to run clear except during the heaviest rains but quite a few years ago a mud slide occurred up the river which has plagued it ever since. Barring more rain it should clear up in three or four days. At this time of the year, the gauge height is a pretty good indicator; if it's on the way down, the river is usually quite clear by the time it gets down to three feet. Except under extremely bad conditions the river usually remains clear enough to fish above Boulder.
     
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    I was there the other day and it looked like I expected. The river received a good sized shot rain late last week that would knock it out below the Boulder River.

    I also remember the late 90s and early 00s when it truly had clarity issues and I hope it never gets that bad again.
     
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    I'm going out now to run some errands - I'll check it out and post
     
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    Drove by it yesterday (5PM) and it was completely silty and unfishabe (IMHO) starting by what I think is the Boulder river confluence.
     
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    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Damn I was planning on going out there tomorrow.
     
  7. from my source said it wasn't the same normal silt garbage. The only way he explained it was somefunky shit was going in the river
     
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    I went out there yesterday hoping it had cleared enough after the rain on Thursday/Friday. The guage showed it dropped enough, but the river told a different story. Visibility was less than 6" at Hazel and crystal clear at Fortson. I assume Boulder is somewhere between those two?
     
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    Here's a photo from Saturday.

    I'm sure many of you know the rock I am standing on while snapping this picture, but for reference the clear water is dumping in from Deer Creek.

    Poor visibility for sure, but the river was dropping at a decent rate.

    Quick fishing report: Slow. Although the weather was spectacular and I was able to have fun with a new switch rod setup.

    Scott.

    NF Stilly 6.22.2013.jpg
     
  10. Boulder I believe is the last little creek you cross before getting to Fortson
     
  11. Jamie Wilson

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    Well-
    there appears to be something going on as the viz in Arlington at 1:00 was about 8" which - given the recent weather is a little weird
    I'll head up tomorrow and let you guys know
    something's up
     
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    you guys with the questions should look at a road map - if the river is pukin' at Boulder Creek you need to know where it is!!​
     
  13. I know whetre it driving just csnt pinpoint in my mind typing on interwebz
     
  14. A little off topic but Does anyone have a reliable shuttle for the noeth fork?
     
  15. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    HMMMM should I still fish tomorrow below boulder? Not sure if its worth it....