River Gages (Time to Study, Observe & Record)

There are urban flood advisories in Portland today. Typical of mid- November it seems. I imagine the coastal streams are rapidly rising. So, if you fish rivers that have gages, monitoring the stream levels, now is a good time to judge the high water periods and note how quickly a river drops back into fishable shape.

Develop a feel for those low, clear, cold days and the river flows. Keep notes in a journal or somewhere prominent. You will know the optimum slot for fishing from the bank &/0r a boat. This data will be invaluable on whether you should drive two hours to the coast or not bother there and head to a more stable flow, say an open tailwater fishery, if you are so blessed. Track the weather fronts and then look at the flows. The same, of course, is done in the Spring/Early Summer when the snows start to melt.  

To the seasoned angler, this is automatic. For the beginner, who infrequently fishes, it requires some effort to not waste the high’s and low’s of river/stream levels so you can figure out the optimum slot of height/water clarity for preferred fishing (safe, fishable, worth your precious time). Yes, I know, I shouldn’t be taking pics in torrential downpours.

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