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Spring 2011 Runoff Update | July 14, 2011

July 13, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Well what a turbulent week it has been.  With monsoonal rains drenching the front range on a daily basis, it's beginning to feel a bit more like the Pacific Northwest than Colorado.  These frequent rains have also brought along some headaches for us anglers, particularly in the form of increased flows across the state.  The added precipitation has had the effect of quickening our spring snowmelt, which has bumped the flows up on most river in the high country.  As a result, we've now seen flows out of most reservoirs reach record levels, leaving most tailwaters with high flows and tough fishing conditions.  The good news in all of this is that we are seeing an expedited snowmelt, which should get us through this runoff season a bit quicker then anticipated.  So while fishing is a bit slow today, things will start changing on a daily basis, so I strongly urge you all to be watching river flows as they will begin dropping rapidly any day now. 

In the mean time, think about hitting up some of the high country lakes and reservoirs, as they have all been fishing particularly well as of late.  Chronomids are starting to hatch, and fish are keying in on these insects in various levels of the water column.  In addition, anglers have been having good success using small baitfish and leach patters as well.

As always, feel free to give the shop a call if you're thinking about heading out.  We're in contact with affiliate shops throughout the state on a daily basis, so we as on top of the conditions as possible.  I'll be sure and update the runoff progress as conditions dictate.

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#1. Posted by Rick on July 14, 2011

Fished the Big T on Tues.  River was still very high and a bit off color but found a small spot with some ‘calm’ water.  Fish were aggressively hitting dries the whole time till the rain drove me off the river.

There are some good patches of water despite the high levels and the fish are hungry.  Best day yet on that section of the Big T.

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