Author: Tucker Ladd
Well we're now into the latter part of June, and river's across the state are still flowing at exceptionally high levels. The Southern part of the state is starting to see flows subside, while the Central and Northern Mountains are still experiencing high flows and off color water. So the common question lately in the shop has been, "when can we expect flows to start dropping?". While my magic ball in for repairs, I will do my best to give you all the most educated guess I can. Currently our statewide snowpack is at a staggering 252% of average! (You can click here to view a full map of all major river basin snowpacks). And keep in mind that this number is a statewide average. Here's a breakdown of snowpack averages for Colorado's major river basins:
With runoff is full swing, and a day off to hit the water, I was a bit concerned that any and all tailwaters near the front range would be a crowded mess. With few other options, and a strong desire to chase some trout, I opted to hit up 11-Mile Canyon knowing that there are plenty of other options if all else failed. Upon arrival at 11-mile around 8:30am, my worst fears were proven true with countless vehicles heading up the canyon for a day of fishing. Not wanting to endure a day of combat fishing, I retreated downstream to the Happy Meadows section of the South Platte. There I was pleasant greeted to great looking water, minimal crowds, and trout feeding aggressively all day.
Happy Meadows on the South Platte River. An often overlooked section of public water.
I haven’t been much for fancy luggage since an upscale suit bag I was toting disappeared from a baggage claim area in 1995. I’ve used plain brown wrapper ever since.
Then last month I decided to attempt a week-long bonefishing trip with nothing more than a carry-on bag. I went rummaging through the ziploc storage, but they were all full of year-old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I made last time I thought a zombie invasion was imminent. And I’d already calculated that I needed somewhere north of 2,000 cubic inches anyway.