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    Dry Fly Guy
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    One of my greatest struggles with living in Indiana (or perhaps I should say, “fishing a warm water fishery”) is the actual water.  Rarely is it clear and “clean”.  In fact, the water around here almost always has a semi-opaque green color, and as often as not, plenty of “scum” floating along to boot.  It just looks (and often smells) polluted.

    Yesterday I was passing by one of the streams I like to fish in this area, and like I always do, I craned my neck to see what the water conditions were as I drove by.  In doing so, I noticed a gentleman with some equipment at waters edge.  As i continued on I noticed his vehicle parked in the turnout, and the sign on the side caused me to turn around and pull in beside him.  He was from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Water Quality division.

    I scrambled down to the water to speak to him, thinking this was certainly one of the cleaner streams in the area, and started up a conversation with him.  Turns out I was right about the stream, but he still made it very clear, “Don’t ever eat any fish out of here.”

    I know the alpine streams that I so dearly love are not “pollution free”.  But I still believe that they are a lot cleaner than any water I regularly come into contact with around here.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that every trout stream I have fished is likely to be much cleaner.

    So while I have nothing against the fish that live in these warm waters, I’m truly a trout fisherman in my heart.  Even if for no other reason that the ability to see through something that should be clear.  It may only be the perception that the water is clean.  But that perception is enough to induce a more enjoyable experience for me, and I’ll take a clear mountain stream any day, irregardless of the size of fish that may come out of it.

    ~ DFG

     

    #1485

    Salmotrutta
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    Here in colorado we have plenty of water. However the problem is pollution. Bear creek has issues with leaky septic tanks. Clear creek has issues with mining polutution. The platte in the metro area still had that suncore spill in sand creek which drains into the platte. I fish for bass in the lower section of clear creek, but you can tell it’s heavily polluted by the sheen in the water. A few years back I’d wet wade it but not anymore. Suncore got a slap on the hand for their spill, but it’s still leaking last I heard. Very frustrating!

    #1487

    trouter3
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    Oregon is notorious for polluting waterways, timber and lumber companies are now closely scrutinized because of their polluting problems ..most of the states dollars allocated to fish and wild life goes to pollution control … The forest land in Oregon is so rural and vast it’s almost impossible control these companies that pollute the environment …that’s why I seek out small creeks and pristine streams and try to stay away from the large river, I get just as much success and pleasure fly fishing these waterways …

    Paul

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    ARReflections
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    There is such a balancing act between business and ecological responsibility. I really worry about all the fracking that now goes on and the effect of the waste water used in the process. They say the water is “cleaned” but you and I know human nature. The no one is watching me so I will just do xyz instead effect will eventually kick in. After a certain amount of time passes, joe public will forget about all the ecological concerns and then fracking companies will cut corners to save a few bucks. After years of irresponsible practices and broken promises, we will see the effects. A big uproar will happen and the companies will state they didn’t know about the long term effects and the operating practices are how they have been doing it for “years”. The EPA will try and balance the problem without trying to “hurt the industry”. In the litigation circus, the companies will try and get as much money from the industry for the stockholders and CEOs to retire comfortably before they say yeah we screwed up and now let us close this business down because it is bad for the environment (nevermind they already moved onto the next money making venture). I have seen and experienced the circus with another natural substance in Montana. Sorry, I digressed…

    I had to laugh David when you mentioned, …” like I always do, I craned my neck to see what the water conditions were as I drove by.” I think we are all guilty of this reaction.

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