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Old 12-24-2006, 09:38 AM   #1
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Rocky River < 400 cfs

Chagrin River < 400 cfs

Grand River < 500

Conny http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?04213000

Vermilion River < 200 cfs
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Old 12-24-2006, 01:03 PM   #2
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If you'd like to add the rates for the Vermilion and Grand, feel free...
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Old 12-24-2006, 07:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Carl... If anyone would like to modify the flow rates please do so. The Rocky and Chagrin are only examples.
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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I would go with the Grand at under 500 and may I add that all of the rivers should be on the drop to be SAFE!!!! While under 500 may be okay on th egrand if it is on the rise stay away. It's not fun to be caught on the other side.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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Default Flow Rates for the Conn

Does anyone have any data on what a good flow rate is for the Conn? I have no idea!! thanks jim
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:06 AM   #6
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Default Reading the Flow Charts

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In my opinion, there is no 'magic number' to look for on the flow charts to determine a stream's most fishable condtitions. I think that more important than any number is the slope of the line on the charts. While the line is spiking straight up this is indicating that the stream is rising extremely fast, and depending on how high it is spiking it may be on it's way to a blow out. Following a steep upward spike, the steepness of the downward slope indicates how fast the stream is dropping, and usually the faster a stream and it's flow drops the faster it will also clear. For instance, the flow charts for the Rocky and the Chagrin (two of the faster clearing streams) will usually have more pointed peaks than those of the slower to clear Vermilion and Grand rivers. The graphed line on the flow charts will usually resemble a 'ramp' shape. Generally the closer to the bottom of the 'ramp' the better the stream conditions. Also, just after the line has leveled out again a stream may still have decent flow and color, but if it has been running horizontally or downward for an extended time the water may be lower and clearer than is preferred.

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Old 11-21-2008, 02:03 AM   #7
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thats why i never look at numbers(they change depending on the year)
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:19 PM   #8
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Ok, How do I read these charts?
Are there charts that are easier to read?
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:10 PM   #9
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Is there a way to find water temperatures ? I dont see anything that post temperature , or is it there and Im missing it ?
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:53 PM   #10
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Is there a way to find water temperatures ? I dont see anything that post temperature , or is it there and Im missing it ?

Click on the rocky and they have it at the bottom i bet the temps are about the same in all the rivers.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:04 PM   #11
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I find these numbers to be very useful for the Grand (OH) and Cattaraugus (NY). Actually what I go by for ideal conditions are a little narrower (Grand 250-400 cfs), Catt (230-500 cfs ). Was curious if anyone had similar "ideal numbers" for Walnut (PA) ??
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:58 PM   #12
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Since I am computer illiterate would someone be kind enough to add the Black River to this list? Thank you in advance.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:27 AM   #13
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Default Link to Black River

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/uv?site_no=04200500

Here's the link to the Black; looks pretty fishable.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:29 PM   #14
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Thank you River Doc. Too bad I can't get out today. But we'll see.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:16 PM   #15
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i know its prbly not the right section to put this question, but does anyone know for the cuyahoga? im looking at the gauge at old portage trail. just want to know if its wadeable, and at what level that is.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:22 PM   #16
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Where are the flow charts for the Ashtabula River?
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:01 AM   #17
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A funny thing about the shape of that curve - a friend of mine is studying gamma-ray bursts from stars, and the same shape of curve is there. It has the name FRED, for Fast Rise, Exponential Decay.

I see that all the time on the Scioto and Olentangy gauges. It's really clear on the Prospect gauge, but you can often see bits of it on the Olentangy at Wilson Bridge, when they're jacking around with the flow out of the Delaware dam.

http://www.sciotoriverfriends.org/stream_gauges.html
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hi, i'm a newbie to the river flow charts......what does the ht. stand for? is it height above flooding?.....normal depth of river? thx for any help
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:46 AM   #19
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Default 1/3/2014 Flow Rate

I know many of you monitor the flow rate info on the USGS site to see when conditions on the Rock are optimal for steelhead fishing. I check it many times a day and don't know if anyone noticed the spike in flow rate and gage height early yesterday morning at USGS 04201500 Rocky River near Berea OH. I was curious as to why it went from around 240 flow rate and 1.75 gage height to 1200 flow rate and 2.80 gage height in a matter of minutes. The heavy snow had stopped and the air temp was too cold to melt snow. I e-mailed the USGS and they got right back to me with this reply.

On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Eberle, Conrad <cmeberle@usgs.gov> wrote:
Tom,

We just took a look at the graphs and, frankly, we're not sure what to make of this spike either. It's definitely an oddity. One of our technicians happens to be working in the general area this morning, so we're dispatching her over to Berea to take a look. Thanks for the heads-up.

And again later

We got a report, with a photo, from the technican who visited Berea streamgage, and the cause of the rise in stage is a substantial ice jam. We're surprised that this much ice formed there so quickly.

M.E.

I thanked them for the timely response and for all their hard work. If you have any questions regarding the data on the site you can e-mail them and the are happy to reply. What a great tool to have in our fishing weather arsenal. I wish they had attached the picture of the ice jam so I could have posted it here.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:59 AM   #20
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I was curious about the spike also. It makes sense now and thanks for the information.
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