I expected more Posted by: Big_D on Aug-29-11 9:28 AM (EST)
Irene came and went. Our creeks and rivers were getting mighty low, as is usual in August here. We generally have wet Springs and dry Summers, which we have had this year. The ground must have been REALLY dry because we had a couple days of rain before Irene, then a nice sunny day, and then Irene came and dumped a good bit of water in a short time. The Potomac where I usually fish is now running 1.15ft after the bump. 1.15 ft. 4 feet is where I stop fishing because it's tough to get the bait down to the fish. 2 - 2.5 is optimal. Even after Irene, it's still possible to walk from Virginia to Maryland and not get your waist wet. Crazy.
Only one of the creeks I like is runnable now. The rest are still too low. I may go wade one that's often a bit dicey for wading if everything is still this low.
I guess I shouldn't complain.
- Big D
Dear Big D,
Looks like there is enough rain coming over the next couple of days to render all rivers and streams too high to mess with for most folks. They certainly won't be fishable.
There is a heavy swath of rain coming to the mid-Atlantic and North East States. The last I looked said to expect 6 to 10 inches of rain over the next 3 days in central PA.
Unless there is a gigantic tarp over VA you should be getting it too. Spring fishing in PA was pretty much a washout this year, looks like the Fall is setting up to repeat that.
Goobs AKA Tim Murphy
It's not been near as heavy as it was expected to be on Sunday or so far today. If I wanted to go fishing now, I'd have to bring my own water. I hope it's not 6" of rain though, that would be a washout and then down to a trickle again because the ground couldn't absorb enough to refresh the deep water tables.
- Big D
Well after the rain we just had in Harrisburg PA area and water the river blowing over flood stage (17ft) and the river is going to go at least 28 plus it is going to rival the worst flooding in Harrisburg History from Hurricane Agnus in 1972. I would think someone is getting our surplus of water.
And all those who live near you. I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and remember Agnes in 1972 very well.
- Big D
I was too little (3 1/2) to remember Agnes. Good news was the Susky only went 25.2 which was well under what they originally called for. Still the 5th highest river stage of all time but flooding was at least alot more in check that what it would of been.
Did make it out to paddle on Sunday but that was at a local lake at Ft Indiantown Gap.
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