Happy Fishing, jp
(The update below was put up 8/17/12)
The steelhead numbers across Ice Harbor Dam are so low they aren't worth reporting. The thermal block continues.
You've probably heard all about the Mustang Fire and the Halstead Fire and how they are both affecting The Salmon River. The Mustang Fire in particular is the biggie. It has closed the Salmon River Road from North Fork on down and is wrecking havoc with river runners and local residents.
The "back story" about the evacuation of the stranded river runners came out in today's "Post-Register in Idaho Falls. Seems the Lemhi County Sheriff played a trump card on the Forest Service and put together a convoy to get them out. VERY interesting story! Here's a link to it: http://goo.gl/l7WUn Note that it is Copyright 2012 by the Post-Register and may not be used without express permission from them.
Well, we've been thinking about this thermal block thing. Maybe it's a good thing the steelheads are holding up in the Columbia. Even if they arrived early, it wouldn't do anybody any good since you couldn't get down river of North Fork anyway.
Likewise, they say the smoke and ash are so bad from the Mustang Fire it sounds like a real dicey place to be right now.
Now. meanwhile, these fires are progged to burn until it snows, which could be October. If I was a bettin' man, I'd betcha there's going to be problems with the Salmon River Road for weeks to come and it might even slop in the areas up river from North Fork.
Soo..maybe that thermal block isn't such a bad thing afterall. The longer they hang down there in Lake Wallula, the later they come up river and maybe, just maybe, their arrival might be timed for when the fire goes into remission. Wouldn't that be a hoot?
Just thinking out loud.
Happy Fishing! John Parsons