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03/23/15 Where's the predicted rain?. For
three days now weather forecasters have been
predicting up to an inch of rain each day. We haven't
seen it here, in fact the Nestucca looks beautiful and
is running just under 6 feet. Not much pressure, I guess
the predictions have scared folks off. Yes I know the
NOAA gage is messed up and no I don't have a clue when
they will fix it. I get that phone call about ten times
a day " did you know the gage isn;t working?" "Well yes
I do" "when they gonna fix it?" " well I'm not sure" I
am not in communication with NOAA , I wouldn't even know
how you do that. Suffice to say it is a government 4run
agency, need I say more!~ Does Social Security look
solvent, does Obama care work?, ask any veteran about
government run military health care. Government can't do
much right, why would you expect anything different from
03/21/2015 The predicted 1 inch of rain
didn't happen: Instead we received about an
eight inch, just enough to run the river back up to 5.10
feet. The height and river color were again perfect
today. Fishing wasn't bad either. More Steelhead were
caught in the middle river, 4th to Farmers today than in
the lower river. Bank anglers were catching steelhead
way up above moon creek. Pressure is getting lighter as
far as boaters go, some have traded steelhead for spring
Chinook fishing in the valley. Makes for a less crowded
river here and a few more fish to go around.
03/16/2015 The Nestucca never
reached the predicted 8 plus feet. It topped out at just
over 7 feet and is now on a pretty good drop. It still
had a lot of color yesterday afternoon , but by evening
it was looking much better. Three Rivers would be a good
bet for today if your bank fishing. By late afternoon
yesterday I could began to see rocks under the water.
the Nestucca could actually be fishable by this
afternoon, tomorrow for sure, unless of coarse there is
some more rain. That, for now, is not in the forecast.
I'm betting that there will be steelhead everywhere by
tomorrow. The fish that have been in the lower river for
the last two weeks will have moved into the upper river
and, I'm guessing, many more steelhead are moving in off
the ocean with the new river levels.
03/15/2015 NOAA gage malfunctioning. As you might all
have guessed the river gage has been messed up for some
time now. I have no idea when they intend to fix it!. I
manually read the gage this morning I got just under 7
feet. It's dark out and I have not yet observed the
river, however yesterday afternoon it was starting to
muddy up. My guess is that it is too off color this
morning. The good news, the rains have subsided, the
fishing should be dynamite by Monday or Tuesday.
According to the powers that be, we are done with the
rain for a few days. This is just what we needed to get
some more fish moving up river and to pull some more
steelhead from the ocean.
03/03/2015 Gauge is messed up. The
river gauge has been really messed up all week and not
reading correctly. The Nestucca manually is reading
between 4.8 and 4.9 feet. The water is low and clear
however there are lots of steelhead being caught.
Fishing is tougher than normal getting fish to bite in
this water ain't easy but do-able.
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