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Spring 2011 Runoff Update | May 11, 2011

May 12, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Well this spring is turning out to be just as unpredictable weather wise as we've seen in past years.  With rain and snow in the forecast for most of the state for the next two days, things are definitely going to get interesting here through the rest of May.  The Denver Front Range is in dire need of any precipitation, so this rain in my opinion is a much welcome surprise.  In the mountains, weather forecasts indicate that we will see rain/snow at lower elevations, with snow most likely above 10,000 ft.  So what does this mean for our runoff?  Well, we'll have a lot more snow to get rid of before rivers subside to fishable levels.

The blessing in disguise is that these cold daytime and nighttime temperatures will dramatically slow the snow melt, and we should see river levels level off or drop through most of the states river basins.  As of this morning, most of the rivers throughout Colorado (excluding tailwaters) have begun to level off, and I would imagine that their flows will start to drop throughout today.  Keep in mind though that this will be short lived, and that once daytime temps start to creep back into the 60's in the mountains, we'll see another round of snow melt and increased river flows.

So what does this mean for our short term fishing forecast?  Get out and fish!  Once river levels steady or begin to drop, water clarity will improve and the fish will take advantage of the opportunity and feed very aggressively.  Streamers, big stones and flashy mayfly nymphs will all be good producers during the period.  Go to the River Report Section of our NEW Website for conditions on specific rivers, as well as more fly recommendations, or give the shop a call and we would be more than happy to offer our advice on good fishing locals.

We'll post another Runoff Update as conditions change.

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