Thursday, July 14, 2011

Low Standards…”I’ll hit that.”

Water still looks high and rough. Creeks look like rivers and rivers look, well…they finally look like the rivers they used to be back in the day before dams, reservoirs and this huge water-sucking metropolis. As the afternoon clouds build into heavy rain showers all of the extra moisture puts a smile on my face. This amount of water is something Colorado hasn’t seen in a long time. This big ol thirsty mountain desert is getting a good drink.
 (Above: tough going for even small fish on what is usually just a slip of water. Good, bad or ugly…I’ll give it a go for fish.)

Even though fishing conditions are slightly worse than terrible right now I still pick at spots here and there simply because I can’t help myself. Maybe it is just a matter of obsession and signs of clearing that vary by the hour. Struggling to catch fish in this swift soup is a test to say the least but inside I am giggling like something really happy. Snowmelt and monsoons don’t last forever. High water is good for the overall health of our drainage systems. Eventually the water will settle and clear. These waters will be healthier as a result of all this extra moisture for years to come. Many anglers are far more patient and still in wait mode. They will return to the water when conditions are pristine and perfect. Maybe I simply have low standards and will hit anything if I think there is a chance of success…at least when it comes to water that is.

My name is Matt and I’m a fishaholic.


Cofisher said...

I don't ever remember a summer quite like this...well I do remember one about five years ago, but still pretty unusual. Where to go?

Coloradocasters said...

@Cofisher: Wet and wild this summer has been. With a heavy snow\fast melt and all of this rain the CFS numbers are off the charts. My guess is this was how things looked a hundred years ago or more. The adventure (and small trout) was from the Morrison area and few places could use the water like Bear Creek. Where to go for clear moving water? I got nothing. Everything I see right now is high and brown.

Bigerrfish said...

Nice Job Matt!

Coloradocasters said...

@Josh(Bigerrfish): Thanks, man. Hopefully this isn’t my best trout of the summer.

Simply Deb said...

It makes me so sad to see what has happened to our natural areas. Rivers polluted and reduced to a trickle. It's just depressing sometimes. Glad to see the river got a good drink of water this year!