July 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm #6443
I was fishing in the Wild Basin and even though the water level has dropped a little, from just below knee to mid thigh depending where you’re standing, but the water is still rushing strong. I can see now clearly how less than a foot of water if moving fast enough will take a car off the road.
I entered where I normally enter, and it looked reasonably wadeable, but I was wrong. It just became a constant fight, and the higher I went, the worse it got. So I ended up getting out and fishing from the bank, which wasn’t easy either because the forest is so thick in that area, even doing a roll cast ( which by the way I figured out my problem ) was impossible because of the overhead branches and bushes. So all I could do was try to place my fly next to the bank and let it float into the soft areas where the trout were hiding out. It would have been a lot easier with an ice fishing rod.
I lost many fish, and it got me to thinking what trouble Partsman was having in another thread. I could see the fish rise, and because of the soft water, they would just rise to the fly instead of chasing it down, taking the fly, then turning back facing upstream. I couldn’t figure out why I was missing so many fish. The fly was in good shape with a good hook. I figured that maybe I was just rusty fishing that type of water. But the part I liked the best was I found the fish, and they were going after my fly, so even though I lost many, I felt good just once again figuring out the puzzle.
After fighting all the elements, in and out of the water, I headed down just above Lyons in the canyon where it was more open, I didn’t feel cramped, so normal casting was back into play. I found fish right up in the rocks against the bank. I was able to land these easier, probably due to they would let the fly pass overhead, chase it down and take it, more of what I’m accustomed to. couldn’t fish too long there because the weather really took a turn and the wind kicked up so hard my fly line on my forward cast wouldn’t even get in front of me. And even if I did manage a cast, the wind would pick my line off the water and send my fly downstream. Not fun. But all in all, just being able to get into the thick forest, fish some beautiful though potentially dangerous water was good medicine.
I figure maybe in two more weeks, the creeks will be easier to fish. I hear the Poudre River is still going very strong, so I guess the rafting business will make good money this year.
What’s the scenario like in your area?July 7, 2017 at 10:45 am #6444
Planning to be at the upper Rio Grande in a little more than two two weeks – right now it appears that runoff is over and the river gauge at Creede is reading a bit lower than average already. Maybe I should be there now?July 7, 2017 at 11:53 am #6445
I read yesterday that the Arkansas in the canyon between Salida & Canon City is a little lower than expected.
I don’t know how much snow pack the southern part of the state got, but up here it’s normal from what I see. I guess I will no longer worry about snow pack reports in the future because its showing it doesn’t mean a thing concerning run off, unless we get no snow. That would be a problem.July 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm #6446
Snow pack matters Scotty. We were over 150% and I believe it was higher around Leadville. The reason the water is a little lower is the heat we’ve had for the last month. It melted the snow faster than normal.
No matter what they say the flows are we aren’t done with runoff here.July 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm #6447
I’m sorry, I think I worded that wrong. I know snow pack does matter. My comment was driven on the basis of for the last few months all I have been hearing about is people worrying about floods because of the warm temps & amount of snow. I guess I sorta got pulled into that as well, and now seeing that flooding isn’t going to happen, I need to just not listen to what others assume & just see for myself. Funny, I should know that already.
It’s the same thing as when the Broncos lose their first game whether it is the first official game, or if they are already 8 & 0, it doesn’t matter, according to the media, the world is going to end because of it. And I quote Sean Connery in the movie The Avengers; ” Oh do shut up! “.
So sorry, my bad.July 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm #6448
We had some flooding here. I didn’t really check the Ark, but I haven’t seen the creeks that high in a long time. It was way over the banks. They should be good to fish in another week. I don’t want them running too fast for dries.
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