I hoped to give a report on the water level at Chickahominy before last weekend, however, between being quite busy at the coastal property (and an hour or two of fishing!), and not being able to access the site earlier this week, I wasn't able to keep my word. Apologies!
I did stop in to look at the water both coming and going from the area, and it appears it's in fine shape. For those who may have thought what appears to be the high water level for the spring is substantially above the current level, it looks like it's pretty close to the same height as it was at ice out, as that visible high water line is from last year...and before. I think we are good for the spring until things "green up" in the early summer. I think... I am hearing that fish caught this last week continue to be plugged with leeches, beetles, and a few snails. Plan accordingly.
The Blitzen is currently running at 120 cfs and holding fairly steady since hitting around 200 cfs a week ago.
The weather today has been everything from snow and ice coated ground (and vehicles) this morning, winds in the 20-30 mph range with higher gusts, flurries, sprinkles and anything but warm spells. No "great" weather in view, for over a day at a time, for about a week. Spring in Harney County!!
SO.....took my dad out to Chick Friday afternoon. The water has dropped this past week, and not sure why - maybe up to 2 feet...? It appears it dropped more this past week than previously from ice out. Very concerning, as we haven't had "evaporative" conditions. Still in good shape, clear, and fishing well when the weather permits!
I've had a couple of reports come in that Chickahominy fished quite well over spring break when the wind wasn't blowing. That's the norm for this time of year. I also had a report that the water level has dropped some over the last month, but no measurements on that to verify how much. I'm hoping to stop in and take a peek at the boat launch area on my way through in the morning, and will provide an update on the level by the weekend.
Reports also stated that the fish are fat, healthy, and full of leeches and beetles. Also heard some had some snails in the gut. This all shows that the standard flies - buggers, Prince nymphs, scuds - should all produce.
The Blitzen has been running fairly consistent between 75 and 85 cfs, so should be in good shape before runoff occurs. As always, I encourage those planning a trip to watch the USGS site for levels, and beware of rising flows or upcoming warm temperatures which will cause the water to get quite off color and normally any bite to turn off.
A new feature is being added to the website under STORE. Each month KCFS plans on sharing tying instructions for a Fly of the Month (FOTM), including info for purchasing finished flies. I can also help with purchase of materials. Since I have made quite the ruckus about the brown Woolly Bugger, and have been asked for instructions/suggestions for tying, that will be the FOTM for April.