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Don Says: Dry Summer Ahead?

leah kirk


A number of the weather models for what may be in store us have become available lately which appear to point at the summer of 2016 being a dry one. Restricted rainfall means reduced flow in mountain streams, which is not a good thing for the blossoming guide business. Some studies indicate that low summer waters are actually helpful to brook trout numbers. That’s good to know, eh?   My experience with fisheries and wildlife biologists have overwhelmingly been that you launch a study to prove a point, designing the studying to produce factual credibility to the overseer’s (i.e. their ‘benefactor’s) need or philosophy.

                Low summer water rarely kept me from fishing mountain streams. While my success rate tanked, the challenge of low water made the fish harder and smarter to achieve the desired results. Even if it is a dry summer, you can still bank on very localized afternoon thundershowers that can add a few extra inches of flow to a stream faster than you can read this sentence. Such brief time slots often produce memorable fishing trips.

                Currently most southern mountain trout streams are at average to a bit above average flow volume. It’s a bit like Goldilocks’ assessment of the Three Bear’s bowls of porridge. One was too hot, and another was too cold, but Baby Bear’s porridge was “just right.”

                If you love fly fishing southern highland streams, then please be advised that for the Memorial Day week, the streams are “just right.”