It 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.
It was clear sailing until I got into Winter Park. There is usually a reason that a town has a name, this was not an exception, Winter Park. Holy moly! Can you say "Whiteout"? On top of the snow storm that dropped 18" there are mountains of snow along the roads and highways.
The good side of all the snow is that it will become Future Fish Habitat this spring and summer. Keep your fingers crossed for more spring snows but it is looking good for a great year on the local rivers. The water has been way low the last couple of years and I expect a better runoff than we have had lately.
We have a lot of fishing ops before runoff though. Fishing has been good and we are seeing dry fly activity on all our local rivers. Mostly midges right now but the Spring Baetis have been reported in spots. Something a little bigger to throw that won't strain your eyes as much. I think I can safely say that the Mother's Day Caddis is not far behind.