A little history............ Prior to 1990 - 91 (one of those years, memory is not real crisp), Beaver Flats did not exist. The river turned towards the highway at the logjam just below the cabin that washed away last year (or year before?) on the other side of the river about a half mile above Beaver. From there it met with the road and then formed a pool/run that paralleled the highway and was known as The Dragon's Tooth (named for a prominent rock) . In the winter of 90-91 a major flood punched the river straight through the corner that used to be at the cabin, and gouged out the bottomlands to form a new section of river. That first Spring after the flood this section of new river was wide, flat, and full of sand. As the river went through Spring/Summer runoff, and also the lower but more stabilized flows of the following Fall and Winter, it channelized and removed the sand and fine gravels to reveal large rocks. It was that next Winter/Spring season that things shaped up well enough for this new section of river to offer a promise of steelhead water. One night a group of us were sitting around BSing about fishing when the subject of beavers in the pool came up. Several stories were related, mostly about how beavers had put off the fishing on rivers in Alaska while fishing for silvers. The resultant consensus was that the presence of a beaver while fishing was definitely bad mojo. The next evening a member of the group went to the new "flats" and caught an 8 or 9 # native steelhead just minutes after a beaver had slapped its' tail and swam through the very water he was fishing. As per our custom - first person to catch a steelhead in an unnamed piece of water gets to name it - the new water was christened "Beaver Flats". Haven't seen a beaver there since!
They are still there but back in the woods. Last week after fishing through BF and the two runs below it, I decided to try and cut the corner through the woods back to the road hoping to meet the trails that branch off at the bottom of the hill. It is a jungle back there and a flooded one at that. Lots of dams and fresh cuttings and yes, even a trail back to civilization
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