May 29, 2012
Author: Tucker Ladd
There’s no denying it now, Colorado is in for a tough summer of low water. It’s hard to imagine that a year ago we were looking at a reversal of this dilemma, with a massive snow pack and swollen rivers. Yet it is time we all come to terms with the current situation and the reality that Colorado's rivers are going to be lean in comparison to last year. But while the press and others want to make this out to be a doom and gloom situation for fisherman, I wanted to offer an alternative explanation with a more optimistic outlook.
A diminished snow pack has left us with a minimal runoff, and while this may not be ideal for the whitewater community, it is great for anglers and fish alike. Sure, runoff is a needed and healthy cleansing cycle for our rivers, but after last years historic runoff season I think we’ll all enjoy and appreciate a summer without dangerously high rivers and un-fishable conditions.