After fishing our way upstream a little ways I heard what sounded like a waterfall. Having fished here several times in the past, I could not recall seeing a waterfall in the meadow. Since the last time I had fished Caples Creek and this trip, several beaver dams have been erected in the meadow. They must have been built during the lower flows earlier in the year. Now with the higher flows they are causing the water to find it's own path. This is leading to the flooding of the surrounding grass plains.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Caples Creek, as well as to Red Lake Creek, over the next few years with all of these beaver ponds having been built.
Will the fishery get better, or worse? A few years ago I volunteered, along with some other Trout Unlimited members, to assist the Department of Fish and Game in electroshocking this stretch of water. We found a bunch of smaller fish, as well as a lot of suckers. I hope the trout can out-compete the other species if the water flows continue to stay low.
Some stretches still remind me of their former glory days.
In total I think I landed 6 fish, Cindy 1 and Gary had 8 if I recall correctly. It was a beautiful day to be on the water and not moving cinder block to build my retaining wall...