Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Olive bugger, Aug 28, 2014.
Been out of the picture for some time, but was wondering what was happening?
Es muy bueno
They just blew up the last of the Glines Canyon dam and will be removing the final debris.
Last, and final blast was Tuesday. All that's left to do now is muck out the blast debris. It's gonna be fun to see how quickly the salmon get through there and on to the upper river.
Here's a link to the project's FaceBook page that has all the latest, plus two short (and not that good) videos of this final blast:
First chinook could be seen as early as fall 2015. That's optimistic, but other benchmarks have been passed earlier than expected.
Finally, some good news. Thanks for the updates, guys.
Another question in my mind. I was watching a video on Youtube, about the silt from the second dam. According to the vid, the silt was a good thing for sand lance and other salmon food. I was under the impression that silt was bad for the redds. Where am I going wrong?
Short term silt is ok, long term silting is bad.
So the plan is that once the silt is in place, the flushing action of the river will open the raceways for the redds to develop?
Will the silt not hamper the fish for some time?
The Sandy had redds the next year. They thought it would take up to five to clear out. But one good season of flushing and it was clear.
Well that is good news. Thanks for the info, guys.
Silt for the sand lance to lay eggs, food for the salmon to lay eggs, food for the steelhead.
It is all good. Ain't Mother Nature Grand.
Ill be on the Sandy this weekend.. how far upriver was the damn site?
and the side-track begins!
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=sandy river damn removal
1st link is helpful, 2nd is slightly helpful but also slightly passive aggressive
Yes, the silt is good for the Sand Lance and the silt they are talking about is the silt that is being deposited at the river's mouth. The delta is getting built up and creating more habitat for the Sand Lance to lay their eggs.
Sand lance and surf smelt spawn high up on the intertidal portions of the beaches. They deposit their eggs among the very small pebbles found on the upper reaches of the beach. Because those eggs are so high on the beach they are exposed for extended periods of time as the tide is out. Those eggs are vulnerable to being dried out. Having a sediments mixed in with those spawning pebbles helps to retain the moisture the eggs need to develop and successfully hatch. When one thinks about it is amazing how the various fish found in the area have adapted to natural processes of the area and each species carving out special niches in those dynamic processes.
The source of those critical sediments typically are inputted from eroding bluffs or river sediments. That is way the hardening of Puget Sound beaches and bluffs with rip-rap etc. has such negative impacts on the forage fish base of the region.
Silly question time. What happens to the Native trout in the higher elevations that people used to go fish for. Will they think that they are Steelhead and go out with the Smolt's. Or will they stay in the high reaches of the river.
There's a whole new world out there for the descendants of Elwha steelhead that have been trapped all these years behind the dams!
I just hope that man doesn't muck it up.
Here's a link to some additional (and I think better) video of the last blast:
Disregard the "Sorry"; just click on "Watch on Vimeo" and go from there. I tried it and it works......