Bloodhound wrote: ↑Mon May 17, 2021 12:42 pmFainn wrote: ↑Mon May 17, 2021 12:04 pmI need photographic evidence that you forgot your camera.Bloodhound wrote: ↑Mon May 17, 2021 12:00 pmI went to the cabin this past weekend to get it opened up for the season. I also hoped to fish the Rio Grande between Creede and South Fork. I took my Fenwick FF86 and was stoked to get one of my favorite rods back on the water. I was stunned when I saw how high the water was. The Run-Off is in full swing in the South-Western part of the state.
So after dealing with a plumbing issue at the cabin on Saturday, I hit some small water on South Clear Creek and a small lake behind a beaver dam at about 10,000 feet. I used a smaller rod, that I keep bat the cabin, a Lews 5wgt graphite. There is still a little snow up there, but its gonna be a dry dry summer for that part of the state.
No fish were caught, I forgot the camera and phone in the 4Runner so no pics. Just a report.
Sounds like great time to me, Scott.
I'm still cleaning up end-of-term stuff and haven't gotten out yet.
What little snow we have is coming down fast now. I imagine we're at peak runoff, meager as it is, here too.
My good hunting and fishing buddy, Bob (with whom I'm shooting clays once a week again), gave me a long, sad update on the local streams the last time we were together. He fished them a lot last summer and he fears the fish kill caused by low, warm water has been severe. On Lime Creek, a stream we both know well and dearly love, we used to easily catch trout beyond counting. Hundred fish days were typical, if you bothered to count. There'd be several fish in every place you'd expect one and many in places you didn't. The last day he and another friend fished it last summer they rose (and saw) one fish between them. I plan, of course, to do my own survey this summer, but I'm very concerned.
The Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir was once my all-time favorite fishery (far, far better than the San Juan and far, far less crowded) in the 80s. Massive mayfly hatches. Countless, heavy rising trout. Maybe a handful of fishermen in the miles of readily accessible water between the dam and Bradfield Bridge. In the summer of '91, the BOR turned off the spigots and slowed the river to 20CFS. The low, warm water killed off 80% of the trout biomass; still, it remained a reasonably decent fishery - with far fewer trout and diminished hatches, but still some nice fish and some reasonable hatches here and there. The river is now running below 5 CFS and is likely to stay there through the summer.
The five rivers that make up the San Juan watershed (The San Juan and its east and west forks, the Piedra, Pine, Florida and Animas) all have far below normal snow in their headwaters.
All of this was world-class trout fishing for most of my time here.
We'll need rain and a lot of it if those rivers are to survive another summer.
I'll hope to get out no matter the conditions (unless the water gets too warm for it to be ethical) and I'll hope for the best.