Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bc interior, kootenay
There were 2 huge rain events last fall, one caused a mud slide that went right to the river. The Copper was running mud last spring for the whole month of April when I was up there. It was running mud when there was still snow on ground and even when it was snowing on lower elevation as first went into river on snowshoes through deep snow so wasn,t from snow melt that caused the muddy water. Runs that always were good producers are now full of mud, it was shallow enough to cross through powerline run at bottom of it and whole 1/2 mile section of bank above there is now gone. Change in a river is normal and likey good but this was a very big rain event and logging the hillsides above river surely didn,t help. I know they were hauling rock up with side dump B train trucks for 3 weeks that I saw when up there so a lot of rock is being used for something up above and I heard in town that there was still logging equipment left above the slide as no way to get it out so likely a pretty bad slide as loggers don,t like there equipment sitting for 6 months with nothing coming in to make payments. One of the spots that pretty much always held a fish isn,t even in water anymore but likely 15 yards out of water . The river changing is bad but the mud is affecting the Skeena now to and Lake Elies was running mud this spring too so Skeena was pretty dirty,even with snow banks on shore yet. Hope the Copper fish can survive it all. Sort of like watching one of your best friends dying to see such destruction to a river I loved to fish and likely knew best of all the streams close to Terrace.The Kitamat moved a lot to but with out the inflow of mud the Copper got and I don,t know where the mud in Lake Elies was coming from. Sort of sad but guess some one in power at forestry figures the logging is more important than the fishery,plus was a big rain but places they aren,t logging likely got same rain and are still running clean, one coastal stream would come up a foot from morning till after lunch in spring melt and was still clear as well water so that to me proves that there is a difference from logging or not to water clarity. Feel like I just wrote an Obituary ,she was a grand river and hope she flushes out some how and fish survive. There are some very nice fancy logging trucks up there now with expensive chrome and nice wheels on em so money there hauling sticks.
Last edited by DLD; 07-08-2018 at 07:52 PM.