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I ventured up to the dam this afternoon, not by boat but by truck.  I put on my waders and fished below the dam for the first time in, I think, over 2 years.  I don't like crowds, and it's too easy to hop in a boat and have tons of places to fish verses putting on waders and be limited to where I can walk and fish. 

So, I had not seen this area with no generation in a long time.  It's changed.

For those who fish up there, this comes as old news.  But there's a new chute to the middle of the "lake" beside the flow at rebar.  It's wide and shallow but deep enough to hold fish.  The flow at rebar might be half, and according to some, doesn't hold the fish it used to.

I fished the new chute.  Have no idea what to call it.  Does someone have a name?  Rebar, Jr.  Anyhow, I walked to the bottom and drifted several sizes and colors of scuds and caught 5 rainbows, nothing big at all.  But did see some nicer rainbows and 2 big browns.  The browns were moving all around and were hard to get a bug in front of.

Outlet #2 is super shallow.  I saw that when I was up there Monday night fly fishing.  Seemed like the flow was less too but that might be because the water fans out so bad instead of being funneled down.  Gordon Proctor must have gone down and moved some rocks around.  Yes, there's a story there.

Crowds weren't bad at all.  And yes, I think I won't wait 2 years to go back.

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That area is ok to fly... but I can't fly it here at the resort any longer without going through a bunch of permissions.  Because of the C of O airport.  What a pain!!

I should fly and video that area.  Good idea!

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2 hours ago, Phil Lilley said:

That area is ok to fly... but I can't fly it here at the resort any longer without going through a bunch of permissions.  Because of the C of O airport.  What a pain!!

I should fly and video that area.  Good idea!

I've seen warning signs up around the dam is the only reason I ask. If you don't do it I might come down in a couple of weeks and do it. 

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1 hour ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Do it at high noon on a sunny day please.  I left a scud in one of the browns a few weeks ago that I'd like to get back.

Yep. A bright day with low water would be best. Maybe I can buzz some shufflers while I'm at it. 

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One of my neighbors is into drones and he was down at our local baseball field, nobody else around, test flying a drone that he had just did some work to.  A deputy came driving in and got right nasty with him about it.   People fly kites there, throw frisbees, run RC cars and all kinds of stuff, so I don't get why drones are causing such a freak-out.

What's the (real/actual/potential) problem?

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6 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

What's the (real/actual/potential) problem?

People think you are going to be spying on them. Hovering over their teenage daughter while she is out sunbathing. Looking in windows. But it can also be a nuisance. You have to make sure it's legal where you are at. 

I took mine to the beach last summer thinking it would be nice to fly around. But there were so many already that it was a bit annoying. 

I'm not trying to interrupt anybody's good time or spy on them. I think if they took a look at the footage that most are able to capture they wouldn't freak out so much. 

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