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Middle Yough Report

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Mornings continue to be the most productive time to fish the river. Chances are, if you find a flat near moving water, you'll find pods of rising fish eating some combination of caddis, crane flies, or bwo spinners. Subsurface offerings of stones, caddis, crane fly larva, and small may fly patterns have been getting some nice fish to the boat as well. The streamer bite has fallen off a bit of late, but there seem to be a few fish still willing to chase if you're so inclined.

Evening have seen egg laying stones (size 4-8 in brown and golden), cahills, sulfurs, bwos, and caddis. For one reason or another though, the evening dry fly fishing has been sporadic to non-existent for a few days. Though last night was pretty solid. Perhaps things are coming back around.

The bass bite has slowed down a bit with the colder water temps we've had as a result of the cold front, but look for that to improve this week as the temps climb back to their relative norms. We've got an entire summer of this to look forward to.


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Posted on: 2011/6/21 9:58


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Love your reports, they are the main reason I read this website. I was curious if you know what's up with the scheduled releases on the Yough. Last year it never got below 620 CFS, and that was in September. Right now, on the USGS website, the forecasted flows this weekend are only 430 CFS in Ohiopyle, which is surely too low to float the middle. Do you have any idea what's going on?

Posted on: 2011/6/28 11:33


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They just increased the forecasted flows a litte bit to 520 cfs for the weekend, still far to low to take a raft down and it's only the end of June. I just don't get it...

Posted on: 2011/6/28 18:28


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Thanks for the comment. I'm glad the reports are helpful.

I'm not sure where you're finding these forecasted flows? NOAA? If so, you can't rely on them as they really don't take weekend releases into account. You can almost always rely on right around 700 cfs in Ohiopyle on Saturday and Sunday as they raise the river for recreational use on the weekends. If you check the USACE forecasted dam releases you'll see that they show the current day and the forecasted flows for the following three. They are generally accurate unless we get some major rain event that causes them to alter their release schedule.

The Confluence gauge is at 822 right now which is a lot more water than I'm accustomed to seeing on a weekday in late June, so we're actually looking pretty good this week and definitely through the weekend.

In any event, if you're looking to float this weekend, you'll have plenty of water. Go to it.

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Posted on: 2011/6/28 20:22


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Thanks for the reply and keep the great reports coming! My info for the forecasted flows comes from the USGS website as well as the army corps of engineers for the dam release. These 3 links specifically.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrog ... =oplp1&rssDate=1309248000

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrog ... gage=oplp1&output=tabular


http://wmw.lrp.usace.army.mil/current/forecast.html

What's the lowest you will take your drift boat down her? Last year we went at 620cfs in September and scraped alot! We got stuck in Victoria Falls pretty bad, and rock garden(above Haystacks was a nightmare).

Posted on: 2011/6/28 21:05


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Gents- I think see the problem- the Yough dam release doesn't take into account the flow from the Casselman. So a 650 cfs release from the dam + 100-ish cfs from the Casselman gets you to 750 cfs at Confluence. Makes sense?

Posted on: 2011/7/14 12:30


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Barring a severe drought, there will always be enough water to float on the weekends. That is ACE #2 priority (Of course, #1 is flood control). Every Friday afternoon they boost the flows. Every Sunday they drop. Generally speaking.

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Nigel,

Never got back to this. I rowed it right around 500 last year, both in hard boats and in rafts, and at that level, I'd take a raft. Dryflyguy is right: if you're going on a weekend, you can count on enough water to float--of course, if you're going on a weekend this time of year, you can also count on plenty of people floating. (I'd rather have low water.)




Posted on: 2011/7/16 7:22






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