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Fly-Fishing: Irene seems to have had good effect on brown trout

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Trout routinely survive floods, but the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 was anything but routine. Esopus Creek in the Catskills got the most rain, 11.5 inches, and swelled overnight from a fairly typical 450 cubic feet per second to 80,000 cfs, the largest volume ever recorded on the creek. The muddy torrent destroyed homes, roads and bridges. It was hard to imagine that trout and the insects they eat would escape being severely ...


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