Water Temps?

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Water Temps?

Post by mwinkels » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:20 pm

I made it out for an hour today. The water was just a little off color. I had a few fish on but could not bring them to hand. I think I am way to rusty need to get out more!

The stream temp was 62-64 degrees. That seems high considering the time of year and the weather we have had.

Thoughts?

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Post by brntrout » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:03 am

Temps in the 62 to 64 range seem VERY high considering it hasn't been that warm yet air temperature wise. Where were you fishing generally. Better yet PM me i'm very curious what stream could be that warm already?

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Post by winonaflyfactory » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:34 pm

What part of the creek were you temping? Can you verify the accuracy of your instrument? Questions I would ask myself if I was getting a number I didn't think was right. Also, what was the activity of the fish in that area? Were they aggressive or lethargic? Did the water "feel" that warm?

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Post by SubtleSip » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:12 pm

I went out yesterday to test out my new thermometer. I checked twice, both times that I took temps and came up with 62 around 6:30 PM and 60 closer to 7. I got a couple of agressive takes fishing a streamer. Noticed one that was smacking the top of the water consistently but didn't see much happening on the surface. I was south of I-90
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Post by mwinkels » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:12 pm

winonaflyfactory wrote:What part of the creek were you temping? Can you verify the accuracy of your instrument? Questions I would ask myself if I was getting a number I didn't think was right. Also, what was the activity of the fish in that area? Were they aggressive or lethargic? Did the water "feel" that warm?
I checked a few different parts, near the bank, middle of pools, before/after riffles, not much different.

I cannot verify the accuracy other than it is close to the same reading as my outside thermometer +1 degree. I hung it right next to it last yesterday/today.

I was only out for an hour but the fishing was not productive. Only a few strikes and long distance releases using nymphs/streamers.

It felt warm to me and it is usually a very productive spot that is why I took the temp.

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Post by brntrout » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:54 am

MW,

I'm guessing our water tables are so super charged right now (overly full)that the water at the top of the water table might be warmer simply because its so much nearer to the surface of the ground. If that assumption is true then as the water table drops down to its normal level the streams temperature should become colder again maybe by 2 to 4 degrees. However, that analogy might just be BS, only time will tell I guess provided it quits raining and our water tables actually do drop down to near their normal levels?

The stream MW was fishing is usually around 57 - 58 degree's this time of year.

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