October 2, 2010

Chocolate Milk Anyone?

After a long, hot, dry summer, the fall has brought it's first serious rains to the area.  The storm we had on Thursday night into Friday morning is the kind that transforms your normally slow 45 minute commute to work into about an hour and 45 minutes of bumper-to-bumper gridlock.  It's also the kind of rain that floods 4 of your employees' basements to the point that they need to call out the next day to clean up the mess.  Not good stuff.

Took the opportunity to check out the flows on one of my favorite trout streams (Valley Creek) during my lunch break.  My office is literally about 5 minutes from where I fish, so it wasn't like I making a big effort here.  Driving back was a sight unto itself, with all of the downed tree limbs (some quite large) and a lot of the creekside vegetation totally washed away. It looked very different from the last time I visited over Labor Day weekend.  It was as if someone took a giant bottle of Hershey's syrup, a giant spoon, and did some serious stirring.

Here's the view looking downstream from atop the Wilson Road (Metal) Bridge:

And a corresponding view upstream:

Since I don't have a "before" picture, it looks like the water was about 3 or 4 feet higher than usual.  That's typically what the drop is from the bank if you want to wade the creek.  As you can see above, there is no drop from the bank.  Valley's flows are also very gentle, these were downright rapids in spots.

I don't think there's going to be much (successful) fishing there this upcoming weekend.

Also made a side stop at the Schuylkill River where it runs through the area.  The picture sucks, but needless to say, it's quite high too. Keep your kayaks in your garage.


  1. Yea, it sounds like you folks back east are getting some major rain. On one hand good, on the other not so good. Drive carefully and stay safe! Hopefully the water will clear up in a few days and you can get back to fishing.

  2. Great looking syrup. The one in the bottle, love it.

    Lots of water here also, but the smaller streams should drop a bit in a day or so.

  3. Same deal up here in Vermont.
    We saw on average, four inches of rain in about 30 hours or so. The rivers are over the banks, roads closed, etc...
    Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

  4. Tell ya what...I'm thankful (again) that our house is on high ground after the past few days...what a mess!!

  5. You have my sympathies. Nothing can ruin a good day for fishing more than a rain storm. I guess California has some advantages. We are dry from May until late October, unless you happen to be high up (6000' or better) and then you get the lightning and hail in the late Summer.


  6. Man - for Valley to be that high is almost unthinkable! Looks like a few weeks before you're back chasing trout

  7. Just remember a very important lesson I had to learn. The fish are still eating...don't think all is hopeless.

  8. Well a week later, levels are still a little higher than normal but most of it moved through quickly.