Wet Weather Keeps Colorado Rivers High

Charlie Meyers reports in the Denver Post that an unusually wet year has Colorado anglers scratching their heads and throwing big, ugly flies later in the season than usual. “Persistent rainfall, lagging snowmelt and uncertain reservoir releases have caused indecision on most major streams. ‘We haven’s seen a flow of 5,000 cubic feet per second on the Colorado River at Pumphouse in a long time,’ said Drew Musser of the Fly Fishing Outfitters shop in Avon,”

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  • TBP

    All major mountain rivers are still up, especially on the western slope of the divide. As of 7/2 the Colorado is still running very high and off color. I have fished the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Gunnison, and Taylor rivers in the last 2 weeks, and all rivers are unseasonably high and off color. The best fishing has been on the Frying Pan and Upper Taylor where dam control has mitigated the coloration problem, but levels are still very high. The Gunnison in the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge is back up around 3200cfs, again. I fished the inner canyon just over 2 weeks ago, and the levels were down around 2100cfs with the subsurface action being superb. Look to upper tailwaters for the best conditions, and be very careful wading. Good luck!