Sunday, July 4, 2010

The New Proposals For The Tailrace Below Smith Dam

I was at the Riverside Fly Shop the other day below Smith Lake dam. I was talking to Brandon who is the owner of the Riverside Fly shop about the restoration of the tailrace, and what all is involved in the upcoming project. I really feel good about the changes that will take place with the tailrace especially the numerous access points along the 4-mile stretch from the waterworks building to the fly shop. Another great feature will be the wing dams along the 4-mile stretch. They will help create low current and breaks when a generator is running. These are just a few of the proposals that Brandon told me about the other day. The work is proposed to start the first of this year and will continue throughout the year. Brandon and the local Sipsey Trout Unlimited Club has put a lot of time and effort to get this project going and when it is finished it should be a great trout habitat for Alabama and the surrounding states. If you happen to be in the tailrace area, go by and visit the fly shop, Brandon has all the latest fly fishing gear, not to mention the top of the line Temple Fork Rods. He also does guide fishing trips as well as fly tying classes and rod building.

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