It is so nice to see the Fryingpan, Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado rivers full of water.
This is as close to a normal-water year as we have seen in a while, and the benefits will be felt throughout the summer and coming year.
Just last year, the Roaring Fork peaked at 5,000 cubic feet per second on June 11, and the year before it had already peaked by now.
Right now, the Fork is at 6,600 cfs and still rising.
There is still a ton of snow in the high country, and during a recent drive over Independence Pass, I was amazed at how deep it still is.
The parlor game we all play these days is guessing when runoff will slow down and fishing will pick back up, but many people are unaware that the fishing is still quite productive out there.
Yes, the Fryingpan is up to nearly 700 cfs currently, but people are still hooking their fair share of fish.
Guides would argue that the river is easier to fish now (in regards to finding fish) because they are literally right on the banks.
The center line is swift and dirty, so there isn’t a lot of guess work when it comes to where the trout are hanging out.
We love to see the Fryingpan at this level because it spreads the fish and insects out.
The river is getting a nice scouring right now, which will clean it up significantly and help our famous hatches along later this year.
There are going to be some large trout pushed out of private properties this week, and some truly incredible fishing is on the horizon for all of us.
So get out there and fish.
If you can succeed during high water, this summer will be a cake walk for you!
— This column is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.