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By: LeeGoldsmith (offline)  Sunday, September 18 2011 @ 02:46 PM EDT (Read 6304 times)  

Hi All

I want to show all what I just saw Yesterday on the Rocky Branch River.  This was my jewal of a Mountain Stream and it now is a complete desaster.  I will show some pictures we took and what things looked like earlier this year and last year.  I will place the whole bunch of photo's in a slide show.

 

From this bridge I took two pictures last year and yesterday.

The Bridge, in not such good shape.

Forest Service Bridge ove Rocky Branch

Looking up Stream 2010

Looking up stream yesterday

 

Looking down strean last year

Looking down stream yesterday

 

Next I saw something that really shocked me.

Looking up stream 4 weeks ago

Looing up stream yesterday

 

Looking down stream 4 weeks ago

Looking down stream yesterday

 


Slide show of the Rocky Branch Distruction

Link to complete album or photo's  Rocky Branch

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By: Ziggyz (offline)  Sunday, September 18 2011 @ 08:01 PM EDT  

Surprised Wow what a diffrence we had a little of that but not much and nothing like that ,... I was happy when i fished the Mascoma today in my favorite spots to notice a little change in the river one big one was a tree that was obstructing the bank and made it difficult to pass by with out lots of climbing like a monkey Smile it has been swept away and pushed high on the bank Smile


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By: Dave V (offline)  Sunday, September 18 2011 @ 08:21 PM EDT  

 Dang Lee  .That is just to sad.  Thanks for the post   Gave me a whole new repsect for the power of water. Not sure how that area of the stream will recover. Where did all the water go  ? 



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By: Koda (offline)  Sunday, September 18 2011 @ 09:48 PM EDT  

Indeed tragic. From mid NH up and into VT they really got smashed with the high water. I'm being told the fish survived nicely. Man they gotta know some tricks we don't.


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By: T_Bone (offline)  Monday, September 19 2011 @ 06:50 AM EDT  

They are not doing well in VT, where the excavators and dozers are ripping rivers apart.  I just red a nesw paper article online about how they are continueing to destroy trout over there so they can rebuild rivers the way they think will best suit future development.  RIDCULOUS!

 

Well so much for esteemed trout fishing in VT.  Glad I never got to fall in love with any locations in my home state.

 

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By: LeeGoldsmith (offline)  Monday, September 19 2011 @ 07:42 AM EDT  

I almost cried when I saw what that river looks like today.  If the wife had not been with me I would have cried.  That in fact had become my favorite stream to fish and now may never be good again in my life time.  Was a real gem now gone.  I will have to try it again next year and see how things may change over the winter.  Time usually heals things but I think too much time for me to reallize.

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By: Dave V (offline)  Monday, September 19 2011 @ 08:38 AM EDT  

Quote by: LeeGoldsmith

I almost cried when I saw what that river looks like today.  If the wife had not been with me I would have cried.  That in fact had become my favorite stream to fish and now may never be good again in my life time.  Was a real gem now gone.  I will have to try it again next year and see how things may change over the winter.  Time usually heals things but I think too much time for me to realize.

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 Lee I looked at the rest of your pictures. I feel for you . Way worse then I could have imagined Keep the faith Lee I think it will heal . Might take a year or 2 but the winter run off should help  Might be a completely different looking stream but it will return. New pools new runs . A whole new stream to learn and fall in love with . Dave V



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By: Koda (offline)  Monday, September 19 2011 @ 10:40 AM EDT  

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Maybe a note of optimism here. Back a while ago I got hooked on the Cape and the salt water fishing from shore for stripers and bull blues. I had a Jeep Sahara edition at the time and got the beach permits to drive out to fish.

 

Of course I found some wonderful spots and marked them with 3 meter  precision on my GPS for the following years reference. Over the Winter the beach shore changed. I couldn't believe how much. Entire points and land were missing. Some surfaced miles down wind of where they originally were.

 

The fish simply moved to follow the new points .

 

I saw the Needleshop here on the homestead turn from an ankle deep brook to a raging torrent that came up over the bank a good 12 feet. I figured the beaver dam was gone and the fish would be in the ocean.

 

The dam is still in place and as noted, I saw Otter with a nice brookie the other day. Don't know how they do it but the fish survive.


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By: LeeGoldsmith (offline)  Monday, September 19 2011 @ 10:47 AM EDT  

Koda

Thanks very much for the words of encouragement, I need it right now.  Late spring next year will tell the tail if it is going to recover fast or slow.  I definetly will keep all informed.

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By: Koda (offline)  Monday, September 19 2011 @ 03:45 PM EDT  

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Mother Nature can be brutal, but she also can do some miraculous recovery on land and water. I've seen burned clearcuts come back with more life than was there before the fire.

 

The fish may have weathered the storm on someone's lawn but by George they're back in the streams over here now!


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