Fryingpan River flows about to rise |

Fryingpan River flows about to rise

BASALT, Colo. ” Anglers should be prepared for a big jump in flows on the Fryingpan River Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday.

The flow of the Fryingpan River will be bumped up by 120 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, according to the agency, which manages Ruedi Reservoir on the Fryingpan above Basalt. The increase will come in two surges of 60 cfs each.

“That means, by the afternoon (Wednesday), releases from Ruedi Dam will be about 380 cfs,” the announcement said. “With contributing flows from the Rocky Fork, flows in the Fryingpan will be closer to 400 cfs.”

Ruedi Reservoir could be full as soon as Tuesday night, the agency said. Once it is full, water will be sent down the spillway.

“If some water does go over the spillway, there is the chance it could dislodge some of the brambles and other debris that have collected there over the past few years,” the Bureau announcement said. “There could be some debris floating down the river, as a result. We have had crews cut the branches down to lengths of 18 inches, but it would be wise to keep an eye upstream while you are fishing, just to be safe.”

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