A little History

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by DaMurph, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. DaMurph Member

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    Graham, WA
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    I don't know how widespread this practice was around the northwest but the fact it was done at all is amazing. I do know it was practiced to some extent in the PNW as my grandfather worked a log boom in skagit county waaay back in the day. This looks like it would be great for salmon/steelhead/trout redds!!!:hmmm:

  2. jeffw Member

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    Remnants of this type of operation are still visible on the Coeur d'Alene River. The guy in the video refers to "splash dams" and then talks about opening the sluice gates. A true splash dam (also sometimes and perhaps locally called a "Crotty" dam) was a gate of logs hinged at the bottom and held up by heavy rope. In the spring flood, the ropes were cut, and the hinged gate fell to the streambed (splash!!!). One can only imagine what this probably did to the stream bottom. Much of the timber in the Coeur d'Alene drainage was owned by the Ohio Match Company. I can't even guess how many railroad ties were made from all of these logs.

    Jeff
  3. KerryS Ignored Member

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