Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB
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Monday, April 13, 2015

How About An Update The Millers And The EB


As I write the Millers at Erving (the Bridge Street Pool) is running at 2470 cfs and trending UP.

As I write the Bears Den section of the Millers is running at 1430 cfs and has leveled OFF.

Some of this high water MAY be the result of the (maybe) hold back of water for the local party called the River Rat Canoe Race. I think that they didn't hold water back BECAUSE the flow was high enough. The stream gauges indicate this. This is very high water and the fishing will be tough. Wait a week and check the gauges on this site.

As I write the EB BELOW the Huntington Dam in running at 1110 cfs. Now, this doesn't mean that the CR section is roaring. They could hold water back and fill the flood pond and then, after the high water event(s), release water which will drain the flood pond and show a high flow below the dam BUT the CR will be PERFECT. How can you tell if the flow in the CR is good?

Simple - The EB (above the gauge) has a flow that is DOUBLE the combined flows of the West and Middle Branches. It's like that year round. So, go to the West Branch gauge site, write down the flow reading and then go to the Middle Branch site and do the same. The West and Middle Branches should have a combined flow close to equaling the EB. Now, I said that the EB was running at 1110 cfs. The WB is running at 664 and the MB is at 375. Combined that's at 1039 cfs which says that the EB flow isn't effected by the dam. This simple calculation always works. Observation: I feel that the EB fishes well below 600 cfs and we are a ways from that.

The Millers and the EB will be fine by late April if we don't get clobbered by rain. Hint maybe you should try the Middle Branch. You may be surprised.

Ken

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I visited the Chesterfield Gorge for the first time on Sunday afternoon and, therefore, have nothing to compare it to. Has anyone else been there in the last few days? Is it high/normal?

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,

Read my blog post on the update of the EB. It will tell you everything. In short the river is still too high.

Ken

Anonymous said...

I almost always find you write well and clearly but I find this confusing:

Simple - The EB (above the gauge) has a flow that is DOUBLE the combined flows of the West and Middle Branches. It's like that year round. So, go to the West Branch gauge site, write down the flow reading and then go to the Middle Branch site and do the same. The West and Middle Branches should have a combined flow close to equaling the EB. Now, I said that the EB was running at 1110 cfs. The WB is running at 664 and the MB is at 375. Combined that's at 1039 cfs which says that the EB flow isn't effected by the dam. This simple calculation always works. Observation: I feel that the EB fishes well below 600 cfs and we are a ways from that.

If the EB above the gauge is DOUBLE THE COMBINED FLOWS, should I merely add together the WB and MB gauge readings or do I combine the WB and MB numbers and double them?

Sorry for not understanding

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,
Add the readings for the West Branch and the Middle Branch together. They should, under normal conditions, come close to equaling the East Branch flow BELOW the EB dam. If the EB reading is much higher then they are releasing water from the storage pond. In short, the combined flow of the WB and the MB will equal the flow up in the CR Gorge section. If the combined flow is 600 cfs then it's a good bet that the flow in the CR EB is around 600 cfs.
Sorry for the confusion.

Ken

Anonymous said...

Hi Ken,

Thank you for this blog. Very imformative.

Question for you on the Chesterfield Gorge. Is that mostly a put and take area or do fish survive the summer there? I thought those rocks heat it up nice but id assume some fish survive in the deep pools.

Would it be worth hitting now?

Thank you very much.

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,

It all depends on how the Summer pans out. A normal to wet Summer with average temperatures will insure trout fishing through July and August. Last Summer was good. 2010 was terrible. Remember that regardless of how cool/wet the Summer is the EB is an early morning evening fishery during the heat of Summer. Can't avoid it.

Ken

Kris said...

HI Ken,

Thank you for your time.

Would it be worth hitting now? If so, where is the best spot to enter, I'm unfamiliar with the area

Thank you.

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Kris,

What river are you talking about. Be specific.

Ken

Kris said...

Hi Ken,

(Not sure if this was posted, i seem to be getting errors)

I am speaking to the Chesterfield Gorge. Would it be worth checking out? Really interested in fishing it I haven't been to area. Where would you reccomend me park?

Also, would be worth hitting thr section above 143 off cummington road?

Thank you very much Ken for your replies. Much appreciated.

Best,

Kris

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Kris,

Sure, fish the Gorge. You'll see where to park when you get there.

Fish the other area that you mentioned too.

Ken