How fast of current is too fast?

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA RIVERS TALK' started by harper81, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. harper81

    harper81 Member

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    Well I am tired of looking out the window and seeing nice sunshiny days and not doing anything about it because i am too afraid of the Wateree river. The water level has been steady for 5 straight days now, but the cubic ft. per second is higher than its ever been. Anyway what is the normal cu. ft. per second for some of the rivers you guys fish? Is 9800 cu. ft. to swift of current in such a little river?
     
  2. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Bill, that is an awful lot of current for a smaller boat, and it would take heavy sinkers and tackle to fish there. Floating debris can be dangerous. You can go to a couple of different websites and get historical data on a lot of the rivers and lakes. Here are some that may help:

    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/sc/nwis/current/?type=flow&format=pre

    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/ahps/ahps_RVFSC.htm

    http://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/hydro/gages.htm

    I hope this will help you out. The Wateree should start dropping soon, if it hasn't already.
     

  3. Robbie Norton

    Robbie Norton New Member

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    Any time the rivers are out the banks it's to swift and there ar too many logs coming down the river, and it's not safe.:wink::crazy::roll_eyes:
     
  4. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I meant to add this one, Bill
    http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp
    It is more important to your fishing area, and it will let you know when to expect higher flows on the Wateree River. I looked and it appears they won't be generating for the next few days, so the river should drop pretty fast, I would think. I don't fish up that way, though, so don't take my word for it. :wink:
     
  5. PeeDee Cat

    PeeDee Cat Member

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    I HAVE FISHED THE WATEREE IN YEARS PAST IF IT IS OUT OF THE BANKS STAYOUT OFF IT WAIT TILL IT GETS DOWN TO NORMAL STAGE. I KNOW U ARE ABOUT TO BUST A GUT TO FISH BUT LIKE SOME OTHER MEMBERS HAVE POSTED IT IS VERY DANGEROUS TO GET IN A RIVER OR LAKE WHEN THE WATER LEVELS ARE VERY HIGH. YEARS AGO I WAS DUCK HUNTING THE PEE DEE ONE MORNING IN JAN. AND IT WAS VERY HIGH I WAS GOING UP RIVER AND HIT A SUBMERGED LOG FLOATING AND I CAME VERY CLOSE TO TURNING MY 16FT. JON BOAT OVER. I LOOK BACK ON THAT DAY AND I THANK GOD THAT HE WAS WITH ME BECAUSE I KNOW I WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT OUT IF I HAD BEEN THROWN OUT OF THE BOAT. TAKE AN OLD FOOLS ADVICE. U WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO FISH.
    PEEDEE CAT
     
  6. GatorT

    GatorT New Member

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    Hey - it's been a long time since I last spoke at'cha. I'm finally back on line. As for running the Wateree right now, it's a bad idea. That river is awfully tricky, in normal stages. And if that ain't bad enough, you have the rock bars, and the old railroad trestle that's fallen in that will rip your boat open like a can opener. It's bad rough on a boat even if you know where you're going. The channel changes from year to year. It's a river that you have to learn to be able to run. You are a grown man, and no body can tell you what to do, but I'd like to see you get some use out of your boat before you tear it up on the Wateree River. I think you should find somebody who really knows the river to go with you the first few times. And I'm not big on wearing my life-jacket, but I highly recommend that you have it on at all times while on that river. Besides, the river's high and cold right now - the fish aren't biting on the river.