North Fork Stilly Condition

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Evan Virnoche

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#1
I heard from someone the other day that there is some serious clarity issues on the north fork. Rumor has it that something broke loose in Boulder a creek. Can anyone verify this info. Supposedly you cant even see your feet in 6 inches of water
 

Preston

Active Member
#2
I was on the North Fork last week to take some product review pictures. I was at the Whitman Road bridge and at Seapost; the water was fishably clear at at Whitman and moreso at Seapost (but that was before the rains of the last couple of days). Boulder River used to run clear except during the heaviest rains but quite a few years ago a mud slide occurred up the river which has plagued it ever since. Barring more rain it should clear up in three or four days. At this time of the year, the gauge height is a pretty good indicator; if it's on the way down, the river is usually quite clear by the time it gets down to three feet. Except under extremely bad conditions the river usually remains clear enough to fish above Boulder.
 
#3
I was there the other day and it looked like I expected. The river received a good sized shot rain late last week that would knock it out below the Boulder River.

I also remember the late 90s and early 00s when it truly had clarity issues and I hope it never gets that bad again.
 

Lex

Active Member
#5
Drove by it yesterday (5PM) and it was completely silty and unfishabe (IMHO) starting by what I think is the Boulder river confluence.
 
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Evan Virnoche

Guest
#7
from my source said it wasn't the same normal silt garbage. The only way he explained it was somefunky shit was going in the river
 
#8
I went out there yesterday hoping it had cleared enough after the rain on Thursday/Friday. The guage showed it dropped enough, but the river told a different story. Visibility was less than 6" at Hazel and crystal clear at Fortson. I assume Boulder is somewhere between those two?
 
#9
Here's a photo from Saturday.

I'm sure many of you know the rock I am standing on while snapping this picture, but for reference the clear water is dumping in from Deer Creek.

Poor visibility for sure, but the river was dropping at a decent rate.

Quick fishing report: Slow. Although the weather was spectacular and I was able to have fun with a new switch rod setup.

Scott.

NF Stilly 6.22.2013.jpg
 
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Evan Virnoche

Guest
#10
I went out there yesterday hoping it had cleared enough after the rain on Thursday/Friday. The guage showed it dropped enough, but the river told a different story. Visibility was less than 6" at Hazel and crystal clear at Fortson. I assume Boulder is somewhere between those two?
Boulder I believe is the last little creek you cross before getting to Fortson
 
#11
Well-
there appears to be something going on as the viz in Arlington at 1:00 was about 8" which - given the recent weather is a little weird
I'll head up tomorrow and let you guys know
something's up
 

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