Originally Posted by phlyingfish
Because the words only say so much. Here's a picture of the Lower Balls 'no swim zone'. How many sieves can you find kids?
Mark, what was the flow when this pic was taken? That looks really low.
One thing everyone seems to keep forgetting to take into account regarding the USGS guage at Belfry: the agricultural withdrawals before
the river reaches the guage can reach as high as 300-350 cfs if everyone's gates are open. In a dry year, 800 on the guage can be 1150 actual Box flow, and in a wet year, 950 can mean close to a true 950. My guess is that this year there aren't a lot of diversion gates open up there, with all the rain they've had. I've found 900 to 1100 on the guage to be more or less "best range", but we were in there once at 1300 and it felt like 2000+, then did it once in a dry year at 650 on the guage and there was plenty of water. so it's always better to err a little toward the low side, or be willing to just drive there and look at the stick. At 1800 to 2000, it gets really f*&#ing Western in there........