From 2004 to 2008 I was fly fishing a 2km section of a local trout river on a regular basis spending about 30 or so days there every season. That was the most productive part of the river for brown trout, if not always in numbers , at least for chances for better 40+cm and even a few 50+cm fish. Then, after a small hydro power plant was built, all of a sudden everything changed! No more stable water flow, but a low water conditions for the most part of the day instead and the fish almost disappeared from that part of the river! What a difference with the seasons in the past when I didnt bother to fish other sections too often, because I had the best fishing on this section! Now after the hydro plant destroyed the water, sometimes it's a challenge to hook any fish at all on this section! On a smaller freestone rivers with hydro plants the situation is even worse! The river bed after the power plants location is almost dry and devoid of fish. I don't believe that these plants are necessary as the output of energy is insignificant to the harm they do for the nature.
Also on what appeared to be the biggest local trout river, 7 years ago was built a dam, thus destroying the best 20km of trout water. It was a very sad moment! I have only a very few photos left from my fishing days on that river and also from other very good local waters that either no longer exist anymore, or are changed beyond recognition after some careless human intervention, resulting in very poor fishing conditons and even total lack of fish! I was too naive in the past days thinking that the fishing and the fish from this magical waters will last forever, so veryoften I even didn't bother to take pictures of these waters, the fish and fishing! Some years after the dam was built on the above mentioned river and all the damage was done, the local media reported that a former member of the parliament declared half a milion euros as his personal revenue as being a "consultant" for the dam project!
The water is the precious resource where the fish live and with no good water there is no fish and fly fishing, so nowadays when I am out and fishing I often ask myself for how long this will last without being destroyed by the next greedy human intervention?
Photos: A couple of pics from a disappeared trout river and a local brown trout photo.