Releases from Englebright reservoir were cut drastically
last Monday evening and the river went from 14k down to 5,165 cubes. Knowing
there would be more clues revealed as to how the river may have changed, I
drove down to get an accurate picture of such. I studied the river below the
Parks Bar Bridge down to near the Hammon Grove Park area. The river’s course
did not change that dramatically, but there are some interesting new side
channels and islands popping up. It seems there could be more braided areas but
no one will know for certain until the flows are down to 1,000 cfs. I’m by no
means an expert hydrologist but the river structure has definitely been changed.
We’ll know a lot more when the clarity improves as we will them be able to
determine the bottom structure more accurately.
The willows really got hit
hard. Many were ripped out from their established homes, while others that made
it are in a frozen state of leaning downstream from the heavy flows. The woody
debris fields are an impressive sight. There is also a lot of garbage lining
the banks like plastic bottles, and other household garbage. In the future
anglers should bring a trash bag and after a day’s session, make an attempt to
fill it up and dispose of properly.
Access on the Hammonton road is good, high
clearance vehicles can get through the washout, and other spur roads that lead
down to the river. It will take a while, but added traffic will wear these
areas into better shape. The “put in” seems easier now but again this area will
need to be packed down by multiple vehicles to smooth things out. Right now,
the Lower Yuba River is up and flowing at 10,383 cfs after the first storm
that rolled through yesterday. I know its torture waiting for our rivers to
clear up and come down throughout the entire state, but my streamer box is filling
up quite nicely with some fresh patterns, and some long overdue tying sessions
are being completed.
Be safe out there if you’re near big water, or getting
some face shots on the board with all that fresh pow.
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