Do you love big bluegill?
I started a discussion a fishing trip I may do tomorrow (as I write this). Then I thought maybe I shouldn't after seeing this thread on another forum that shows a very muddy river in that stretch, presumably right after a rain.
Turns out I may be spooking myself with the old NC Angler picture. In the clear river picture at that link the river was running about 480 cfs. In the muddy one around 850. Right now, with yesterdays rain having been heavy at times over night but now turning to light drizzle, it's 257.
Looking at river data from the last week or so, it looked like they anticipated the previous storm and stepped up the release ahead of it didn't rise to rapidly but was running over 2500 when the rain came and they didn't drop it back under a thousand until about 4 days after the rain, then kept it ~500 for a few days before cutting that in half to the current release. This got me really curious - what's happening with lake levels above the dam? That's what really drives this. I think...
So it gets interesting. I looked at historical lake data for a longer period. It looks like they try to keep it at about 252' surface elevation (altitude, not depth). Last week, they were drawing it down because it was about a foot high. The "big rain" of the 17th isn't even a blip on the screen. They had already started the draw down and the rate of drop stayed pretty even through that. Right now, it looks like it is pretty close to 252, so I will monitor it but I am hopeful the release won't change much.
What is really interesting to me about this is that while this is not my favorite river (may favorite is more rural) it's pretty darn good for being so close to town and it appears that being dam controlled makes it operate on a different schedule. I have no doubt that my favorite river is a muddy mess right now.
I may add to this entry as I learn more.