Cle Elum Blockages (pics)

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Chris Stokesbary, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Chris Stokesbary Member

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    Floated the Cle Elum from Bakers to South Cle Elum on Saturday.
    Two complete blockages (one tree, one logjam), both have room to drag a raft around.

    Logjam portage isn't immediately obvious as it's a narrow channel coming into it...there is a gravel strip on the left of the jam. Scout-able from the right side. The logjam also has a large tree behind (biggest tree right of center) it that the beavers are almost done with, so it could get worse before it gets better.

    cle_elum_1.jpg
    cle_elum_2.jpg
  2. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Just trout fishing I take it? How was the clarity?
  3. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Thanks for the pics Chris. Hopefully higher flows will help clear these.
  4. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Now here's a thread that's worth a shit.
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  5. TonyZ Member

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    I have a friend named STIHL that can help solve this problem
  6. Broderick Smith SeaToTree

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    How'd you guys do Chris? I hiked up about 5 miles from the confluence a few weekends ago with some pals. Threw everything we could at them but saw nothing. Yak was blown.
  7. Chris Stokesbary Member

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    Clarity was too good. Tried all the usual suspects, occasional unidentified fish-like taps but no real action besides a pissed off beaver and spooked elk.

    Your STIHL friend might make quick work of the first problem...good luck with the second.
    Don't spend much time on this forum anymore, but blockage knowledge is something to spread.
  8. teedub Active Member

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    A couple of good cuts in the second one and the physics of hydraulics will take care of the rest. Lesson I learned the hard way when I was a lad - don't cut on the down stream side....
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  9. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    You boys got permits for in-stream habitat restoration? ;)
  10. Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Better to ask for forgiveness than for permission ;)
  11. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Or 'Nothing is illegal, until you get caught. Then, it's very illegal."
    Steve
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  12. teedub Active Member

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    I bought my USFS firewood permit and a gallon of gas!
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