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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Springtime!!....

...in Nevada. Finally, the extended period of snow-fall has ceased. There is talk that this will be a "top-3" year. The snow-pack around Truckee is waaaay above normal for this time of year; still limiting access severely on both the BT and LT. Yesterday Pancho and I ventured across the border into Nevada. Succinctly, 3 hook-ups, one break-off and ZERO lands during a 1-1/2 session from 3:15-4:45 PM. We experienced clear skies, sun and no wind with water-temp at 46 degrees, relatively low flows and great clarity. We came upon a run that had "bulging" surface-feeders. Skwalas, BWO and midges were emerging...sparsely. The hook-ups were on the stoneflies; two at the surface and one below. Still another 2 weeks for things to get going in the immediate Truckee area. Remember, water-temps will be a determining factor....not to mention clarity & volume of flows.

4 comments:

  1. About that snow...was thinking of making a first trip to the LT this spring but having second thoughts with all that water that'll be melting out of the snow. Looking forward to reports...

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  2. Pat---Don't forget that the LT...below Stampede dam...is a tailwater. So, the natural snow-melt into the meadow/canyon area is less important than the amount of CFS being released at the dam.

    Now, there is a different story on the BT in CA. Generally, natural melt will initially be a governing factor...less so the releases from the Lake and downstream inflows from Donner, Prosser & Boca. Once the melt is complete, then the reverse is applicable.

    So...bookmark the releases; some appear on my "Pertinent Links" on my 19th century website.

    ...hoping this helps in the interim

    Frank

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  3. Hey Frank. I don't know about you, but I'm so over the snow. At 3200 ft, I still have little spots, but melting rapidly. going to wander up to Ice House next week to see what's happening. Can't wait to get up to the Carson.

    Mark

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  4. Shoreman--sorry for this late reply (4/11/11)...You bet we're getting tired of the snow. At my home at 6500' we still can't see the ground. There are some really high snow-banks along the roads where I live; getting 15'-18' in some places.

    Frank

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