Winter is still here at the passes

co_swepctnormal_updateIt has been mostly warm along the Middle Colorado River this late Winter, at least from Glenwood to Rifle. After this last weekend I will say that we should have a good runoff this year. I had to go to Winter Park for the weekend to see my cousins and almost didn't make it due to the storm that moved in.

I was eastbound heading for the Eisenhower tunnel and my brother was westbound over Berthoud Pass. Almost at the same time we found out that both were closed. He had to turn around but I made it to Silverthourne.

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What Happened to Winter

winter-warrior2A very lonely snowman stands guard near the Colorado River recently. He is not the only one wondering what happened to the snow and cold. We have gotten a fair amount of snow so far but we need more to get a decent runoff this spring.

I will be the first to admit that winter fishing can be a bit chilly and not welcoming but I also want the snow to fly. We need more Future Fish Habitat! Please! Did I just see a duck?…

Runoff is on

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Even though we have been seeing mud for he last couple of weeks, I think we all were thinking we might get a window. Or not! The rivers are raging and muddy as hell. But then it is a good thing all in all. The cycle of the river continues yet again. It was looking pretty dicey thru the winter of 2012-2013, very low flows from the Frying Pan River to the Colorado River and beyond. This stage sets the river up to support trouts and other fishes as well as the birds such as the Herons and Baldys for a healthy year ahead. Gone is the tree limbs and other dead flora that has collected over the past year. Hopefully the runoff will also redistribute the mud on the bottom of the Colorado River that accumulated in a late season blow-out that happen last year.

Take time to pause and reflect on past years fishing and other adventures. Think about passing on your love of fishing and/or floating your home waters and protecting what we are so lucky to have here. Pack out what you pack in. Trash is unsightly and reeks of disrespect to us and the lifeblood of the earth, our water. Check out the Six Risks Facing Fishing at Recycled Fish!

Snowpack Update

This last week the weather took a turn and tempuratures dropped. So did a bunch of much needed snow. So far we have had 2 significant snows in the last couple of days, one was 7-8 inches of the wettest snow I have seen in a long time. Today was a foot of wetter than average snow. It has been a PITA but a blessing also.  I saw on the the (Front) Ranger News station that the Colorado drainage is now at 94% and looking a lot better. WooHoo!