Post by schrederman on Jul 5, 2020 18:41:01 GMT -6
I'd love to get up there for some fishing but hate the summer crowds... and kids cliff jumping into bluff hole... I was wondering with all the pandemic and riots is the park full? Are there crowds of people or is the park even open for RVers? I tried calling the park office twice but no one answered. I need a fly fix...
Post by schrederman on Jul 10, 2020 10:48:28 GMT -6
The two times I've been there in warm weather have been with mixed results. It's an exercise in futility to try to fish but I'm a musician, too. I've attracted visitors to my campsite just about every time I drag out my guitar. So, going in warm weather isn't a total loss. But I have friends that live very close to the White/Norfolk confluence and I'm going to stop up there and fish on my way back from Indiana. I'll see some of you this winter...
Seems too hot to fish with the direct sun beating down on you like jackhammers while it also reflects off the water back up at you.
Seems the water might be too warm and a tad on the deoxygenated side for trout catch and release survival.
And you want to lay inside a nylon tent even if the rainfly is off what with the evening heat? Ugh! You lay atop your sleeping bag which will be a big sponge and you can never really fall asleep due to the tortuous heat and the incessant nighttime buzz of the insects and tree frogs and then during the predawn light the birds kick in with their own racket. Pleasant dreams! Don't let me be a Debbie Downer. Enjoy the park for all it has to offer. Like maybe the air conditioned Forest Heritage Center and the logging museum. Hanging at Eddie's shop buying the stuff you always meant to but never got around to getting. Listening to the helo evacing someone who keeled over from heatstroke on one of the hiking trails. Then think back to just a few months ago when you were standing mid-stream in January wearing so much winter attire you looked like the Michelin Man in chest waders.
I fished a couple of weeks ago. There was a pretty big canoe/tube "hatch" everywhere. It was surprisingly not-too-crowded with fishermen, but it was pretty hot out and the fish were very quiet. The water felt pretty warm. I managed one brown up in spillway deep in a plunge-pocket.