Locals are scratching their heads this week looking at river levels, especially since we are nearly a month behind “schedule.”
For those of us in the business side of fly-fishing, having huge flows on the Fryingpan this holiday week (the official start of summer) isn’t ideal, but we are thankful for all of this water versus dealing with a major fire and drought like last summer. The Fryingpan River is usually our go-to during runoff, but even this river has been challenging as of late.
Ruedi Reservoir should be full in the coming days, so we might see even bigger releases on the Fryingpan tail water if the inflow remains high. The Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado rivers haven’t peaked yet (we think), so we urge caution around all rivers as they are higher than we’ve seen in recent memory. Every guide with the proper permits is battling for a spot on the upper Pan this week, but there is light at the end of the runoff tunnel.
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