Definition of riffle:
- A ripple in a stream or current of water; also, a place where the water ripples, as on a shallow rapid.
- A trough or sluice having cleats, grooves, or steps across the bottom for holding quicksilver and catching particles of gold when auriferous earth is washed; also, one of the cleats, grooves, or steps in such a trough. Also called ripple.
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I've fished for bullheads, too, and for sunfish, in every place that the water is deep enough from the place where Berry Creek starts, over in the coal banks by Carbondale, down to the Sac and Fox spring and all along Lynn Creek, especially in the part that's full of boulders and little round pebbles, with here and there a riffle made by a broken flat rock.- "Tales and Trails of Wakarusa", Alexander Miller Harvey.
- "The Magnetic North", Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond).
- "Down the Columbia", Lewis R. Freeman.