Monday, October 3, 2011

Truckee River - The Next Generation

Fished below Farad on Sunday, had the river to myself...not a sole in sight. I popped about a dozen juveniles today, mostly rainbows and mostly under 12". A black Copper John is apparently very popular with baby bows and browns.Fall is here and the Chokecherries are ripe. If I were a bear, I'd be in heaven. Did you know this bitter berry was the most important fuit source for many Native Americans?Farad is a cool section of water.Access can be tricky with many cliffs and unwadable shorelines.FARAD HYDRO PLANT
Location: California
Operator: Truckee Meadows Water Authority
Configuration: 2 X 1.4 MW Francis
Operation: Since 1899 (Rebuilt 1933)
T/G Supplier: AC, WH
Quick Facts: Farad was built in 1899 by Truckee River General Electric Co., a corporate predecessor of Sierra Pacific Power Co., one of four mini-hydro plants originally built to run the silver mines in the Comstock Lode. In Sept 2000, Sierra Pacific Resources announce that it would sell its water business and the cities of Reno and Sparks, along with Washoe County, formed TMWA to acquire the related assets including the four mini-hydro plants. Farad has been out of service since 1997 when its approach flume was washed out.


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