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Levels of high water…

The Sandy River, near Troutdale, Oregon (just East of Portland)



Sometimes we lose our way……..

Life’s storms can take us off course. Often we seem to instinctively follow others toward vague, ill suited goals. The photo below could replace the analogy of sheep following sheep. Perhaps salmon, off course, following salmon would be more appropriate sometimes.

The Chum Salmon left the ocean and entered Tillamook Bay and then per their genetics, the Kilchis River. However, torrential rains raised the Kilchis River well above the banks and into the pastures and out beyond flooding roads and nearby homes. The salmon lost their way, leaving their destiny behind and charting a new course. Many followed along, following the leader so to speak. All would die, as the water receded, they would find themselves far from their destiny, far from their life’s requirements…water, oxygen, reproduction. High, dry and eventually dead. Rebellion vs. conformity and then there is just a wrong turn.

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The Chum Salmon have lost their way. Notice others, also lost, hold in the road side water, not yet prepared to push across the roadway. A sad event to witness, but impossible to help by now.




“No raindrop ever individually considered itself responsible for the flood.” (?)

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River Gages: Become Familiar With One Near You

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NOAA Gage Stations in Pacific NW

Whether you are planning a float trip, a fishing guide, a kayaker, a bank bound fisherman or a property owner monitoring a rising river, a river gage is an important piece of information. It may be a large measuring stick affixed to a bridge support that measures the rising waters or more sophisticated gages that measure height and CFS (Cubic Feet per Second). NOAA has such gages across the U.S. I am sure other countries have similar systems as a means of monitory flows. Become familiar with these systems for safety or whether a planned trip should be canceled due to projected blow outs of a river system.  A helpful suggestion: keep a journal or note somehow the fishable/floatable levels. Note when the river is blown out and note those levels. Note the historic floods and what is considered flood stage. Home Page NOAA. There are other excellent NW resources too: USGS Gages & Westfly


Nature: Levels of Change

The ebb and flow of rivers is always a visible reminder to a fisherman walking the river banks or drifting the currents. Etched into the banks are indications of water levels, swift currents and the aftermath of what must have been frightening power. Snapped trees, giant boulders displaced, brush piles of debris high in the tree limbs all suggest river levels many feet higher than the current levels.

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The lower Sandy River (Oregon) after flood stage levels & snapped trees. Soon the trunks of the damaged trees will be undercut, dislodged and wash down river to be snagged up or eventually be pushed out into the mighty Columbia River.

Speaking of flood, I thought this quote by Walt Whitman about his flood of thoughts while writing was intriguing:

“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught.”


Outdoors: High Water Warning

Watching the news, we are aware of flooding, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Oregon usually has the rivers over some banks in November or December and then in the Spring. On my recent excursion up the Deschutes River Rd. (BLM Access Road), I noticed a, new to me, paved portion of the bumpy gravel road. The look was unique to Oregon roads and apparently with good cause. I have seen these markers and warnings in Arizona and Texas, but never Oregon. Yes, as the stereotypical image suggests, it rains a lot in parts of Oregon. In other parts less so, but apparently when it does….look out.

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Photography: Wet Lens

table top rain drops SwittersBThere are a couple givens re Western Oregon weather: November’s end will see relentless downpours causing the rivers to rise over their banks…and, the end of May into June will once again beg downpours. Then that window of weather bliss will ensue through October.


Portland 1894 Flood: Steelhead in the Train Station

Portland’s 1894 Flood…Many Continued On With Daily Life

“Even in the biggest flood, in 1894, no one seems to have considered closing for business until the floodwaters receded. A downtown Portland hotel built a temporary false floor in its lobby, so guests could keep their feet dry. The cook at the Bureau Saloon brought a rowboat into the kitchen and stood in it while he worked. The Meier & Frank department store built raised walkways for shoppers– and shoppers came, many by boat. Erickson’s Saloon downtown — known at the time for having the world’s longest bar, a monster counter longer than two end-to-end football fields — moved onto a houseboat, which the owner anchored in the middle of the canal formerly known as Burnside Street.

Sullivan reports in his book that more than 1,500 boats crowded through the town’s streets and some folks in Chinatown staged an eight-block boat race downtown.

In the 1894 flood, one lucky angler found a very special fishing spot:  The Union Station train depot downtown. This fisherman managed to bag a 15-pound steelhead trout inside the station.”

Union Station, Portland, Oregon 1905

(Off Beat Oregon History)


Heavy Rainfall Photograph

Heavy rainfall. Well, I live in the Pacific NW and sometimes you would swear it never stops raining for nine months of the year. We are noted for it. People shake their heads in sympathy for me. Of course, if you read my ‘Greenery’ piece the other day you know I like Green. So, I tolerate the rain, although the grey skies do close in.

But seriously this is not Queensland or India or the tropics. So this afternoon, I had to anchor my pickup down lest it wash away so heavy was the downpour.

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