As reported in my 2012 Trip Report v1.0 the water level rose dramatically before the opener Thursday. When we arrived at Salmon Point on Monday night, the rock looked like it did in the picture below (from a previous trip).
Sock and Chin were streaming up that gap heading for the ilk of Grayling Slayer above the bridge. It was way better than TV and cheered us greatly.
The weather Tuesday and Wednesday was so gorgeous, I had to stick my head in the fish pool to cool off. Consequently, there was an immediate and rapid rise in the river level, debris load, and sediment. Water color went from grey to brownish grey. Debris went from occasional sticks to a steady stream of trees.
The actual level of the river was not a problem for fishing. In fact, I was hoping for an even slightly higher level to get the back eddy in the cove around the corner to work correctly. I have fished and limited out there many times - nay - every time with equal or higher water levels in that location.
So I'm thinking that it was NOT the level of the river, but the rapidity of the physical and chemical changes that stopped our target species in their tracks and sent us packing back to our urban caves fishless. Methinks they're getting acclimated to the new chemistry and sniffing out traces of their home waters before continuing on with their mission.
What think you?