Colorado Snow Pack Conditions 3/15/13

3/16/13

I have not written many posts since last summer since the water conditions were so bad in Colorado. Even though many fly shops said it was a great fishing year, I had to go to Wyoming for my great fishing.

As of the last update in March, the Colorado snow pack statewide was at 77% of normal. This is up 6% from February and is due to some good March snow storms. The Animas, San Juan, Delores and San Miguel and the south west corner of the state are at the best condtions around 83% of normal.

The Yampa, White and North Platte Basins are around 78% and the Colorado at 76%. While not great, these conditions will provide reasonable runoff water.

The South Platte basin is the worst at 69% of normal with the Arkansas basin not far ahead at 73% of normal.

Bear Creek which is headwatered from Mt. Evans is going to be a low water year again this year. Mt.Evans does not have much snow at all. And there is not much time left to get a couple of big storms before we get into the April warming temperatures.

These are current conditions as of March 15, 2013
ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/CO/Snow/snow/watershed/daily/co_update_snow.pdf

Tight Lines,

Marshall, Editor
www.fly-fishing-colorado.com/
www.successfulflyfishing.com