• Talked to state horticulturalist and she thinks they are drowning. Hmmmm seems odd, but this has been a very rainy spring.

  • All the sassafras on my property is dying. This could be due to a disease called Laurel Wilt disease. It is caused by a fungus that is carried by a small invasive beetle from Asia. There is no cure or treatment and is 100% fatal. The last distribution map I saw showed it in Southern Ark. but it is moving North. It could have made a ‘jump’ to the…[Read more]

  • McChuck replied to the topic McChuck in the forum General Discussion 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    We have a bunch of equip we’d love to give you. Is advanced level. Tell us next time you are at the river or in the vicinity.

  • McChuck replied to the topic McChuck in the forum General Discussion 4 months ago

    I don’t think anyone is doing the Saint at present. We were supposed to, but never did- instead I relied on my own observations- mussels, insects and all, and decided to monitor if I saw a problem. Finding large mussels in fisherman’s pool was the apex of my observations! We also put in a lot of time picking up trash and trimming the river of…[Read more]

  • McChuck replied to the topic Rock Creek in the forum General Discussion 4 months ago

    Good map! Thanks Dagger Dan! Believe it or not, I have owned a helmet cam for quite some time. I found it at Cat’s Paw and it still worked. I just have never been much interested in using it. Just a few weeks ago I gave it to Scotty.

  • McChuck replied to the topic Rock Creek in the forum General Discussion 4 months ago

    Rock Creek is well worth the time, a class 3 creek if you catch it at a good level. I put in on D highway, just opposite a dilapidated white house. It goes a little over a mile of just Cl-II+ boogey water along D until you get to a low water bridge. Here the creek leaves and for awhile you are in mostly forest. This section is Cl-III with a 8 f…[Read more]

  • I talked to Mr Wooten again. I’d bet that during the conversation he mentioned that he had been putting wire up for ages at least 6 times- same story- word for word. In this situation I am prone to believe they are protesting too much, and perhaps he is trying to convince himself as well as me.

    Anyway, the wire will still be up. But he agreed to…[Read more]

  • Johm- all I did was apologize. There was NO words spoken. We have had trouble there before, but I do think we have a right to exit the creek, move around the obstacle, and then re-enter, but someone, made that pretty near impossible. And again- why is it gone today?

    Kathy- You are 100% correct. BTW- thanks for you help and skill with the kids-…[Read more]

  • The event—– Di and her class did from our house to Low water bridg on Stout’s. It was my intention to pick them up at the MDC parking area if possible. It was not. The people at plain and fancy had placed a huge, 3 foot diameter log all the way across from bridge edge, to brushy woods. I guess to stop people from putting in there.  I only…[Read more]

  • Sarah, I haven’t done that section in a long time but I would expect there are plenty of features..

    The little saint is holding very well and should be pretty good tomorrow.

    Lower Stout’s will be low, but doable, I have done it at that level without getting out of boat. All reports are that the wire is Thegone. However, still keep an eye out as…[Read more]

  • Thanx Kathy but I am mostly worried about the clinic- we will have pretty high water by Saturday. As I probably won’t be there Sat morning here are some alternatives.

    Little Saint-Thompson Ford to Whitener Ford . 4 miles. Nothing more than cl-II. Easy shuttle.

    Little Saint to Highway E takeout on Saint. 9 miles but the current is Fast. Easy…[Read more]

  • BTW- we need wire reports for the clinin from anyone doing Stouts.

  • We have had hard rain off and on all day. Stout’s is way up. From my window it appears near bank capacity.

  • With the river coming up it definitely will be necessary. I have ordered Di to do 72 down tomorrow (OK stop laughing- she wants to do it anyway.)

  • That green thing- is it used for making rolls?

    And as Chris said- if you drive down 72 from Ironton to 72 bridge- 3/4 of those people are related.

    Beta comes in= the current is fast just above the wires. There is not a clean take-out.

    Crawling under barbed wire has a high probability of damaging dry gear.

    I offered up many options that have a…[Read more]

  • When Di took off at 5 pm the level at D was 33″. This is the result of an intensive cloud burst between MS and Silvermines and being a pulse should go down pretty quick.

    Tomorrow looks bad clinic-wise as we are supposed to get major storms and 100% rain.

    Good news? The warm rain warmed the river.

  • In thinking about this now for 24 hours what strikes me the most is Wooten’s inflexibility. He wants it done his way.period! Even when there are ways of pleasing everyone that are actually to his advantage. It’s a long stretch of wire and I would think replacing wire 3-4 times per year is a lot more labor intensive and expensive than simply…[Read more]

  • 1. The Henrys, who live near Stout’s and the place where the wire popped up have nothing to do with the wire or cattle. Their combative reactions to our communications relate more to their health problems.

    2. The guy who does put up the wire, and leases the land for 75 head of cattle came to my house yesterday and we had a long talk. His name is…[Read more]

  • Be prepared for gnats this weekend. I think they are just now hatching. They swarmed me as I sat by the pine tree at Tieman’s watching Di and Jerry go down the river.

    Also, has anyone else noticed that the MDC put the park bench on backwards? LOL They even had to drill new holes in the steel to make it happen. You sit on what should be the…[Read more]

  • McChuck replied to the topic Wachita Creek Level in the forum General Discussion 5 months ago

    There is no correlation but usually a good 2″ of rain makes Wachita and Brewer’s Creek runnable. Brewer’s Creek starts at Hanna Lake along route 221. Unfortunately there are now several houses at the put in making private property issues sketchy- a shame, as Brewer’s is actually a fun run- going mostly thru govt forest. The 2 sister creeks join…[Read more]

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