The dry American SW

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#2
Good thing global warming is fake, or we'd really have some trouble. Sorry for the sarcasm, but it sure looks like warmer and drier is becoming the new normal, and more fires more often are the natural and logical consequence of warmer and drier.
 

Shad

Active Member
#3
Runoff is almost over in Western WA, and we just hit June. Water in my local streams is near summer low. Gonna be some fires in our neighborhood, too, I reckon, and much of the water will be too warm to ethically fish by July at this rate.

Carbon-induced or not, shit's getting real.

On the plus side, I'll be able to grow better green chiles....
 

saffman

Active Member
#4
It is beyond dry out here. The upper San Juan below Pagosa was below floatable levels by June 1, the Rio Grande in Creede is barely floatable and the Salmonfly hatch hasn't gone off yet. Animas below Durango is still floatable but at a quarter of median flow for this date. We've had a great but very early streamer season on the Animas but it should be high and brown with runoff at about 3000 cfs and not at the current 650 cfs and clear. We are already hiking in to fish the high country creeks (10,000' +) but not sure how long those flows will be decent. We had a great snowpack last year that was above average but less than half of that this year. Runoff was virtually non existent. No bueno in SW Colorado this year. It happens- had about the same scenario in 2002 out here. Looking at historical snowpack (from 1950 to present) we have this situation about once a decade in this area.
 

Brian White

Recovering Bugmeister
#6
A few months ago I cursed climate change and grudgingly canceled the NM fishing trip I was planning to take this summer. Bummed.
 

saffman

Active Member
#7
A few months ago I cursed climate change and grudgingly canceled the NM fishing trip I was planning to take this summer. Bummed.
I was on the Canejos just NE of Chama Monday Brian. Oddly a great flow considering the lack of snow. Fishing was poor though- not a bug to be found out there and too early for hoppers. But damn thats a pretty river.
 

saffman

Active Member
#9
Update: Looks like we are going to Stage 3 fire restrictions and the reports are that the San Juan National Forest will be closed starting this week until we get sufficient moisture. Monsoon season is still at least 3 weeks out. Significant fire just North of Durango with no end in sight. Another fire kicked up NW of Durango in the Bear Creek drainage. Rugged remote terrain on both so until it rains they will likely continue.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#10
We have had a wetter than normal May and June looks normal as normal can be. It snowed in the passes the other day but it didn't stick around. The rivers are dropping but with all the rain they ain't coming down very fast.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#13
Yesterday, I drove from Grayland to Sequim for a brief visit with my Dad, via 101 along Hood Canal, and it was nice to have scattered rain showers and awesome cloud formations the whole way. I cooked my Dad a dinner of fresh LIng Cod and steamed veggies, chatted a spell, p/u some of my stuff, and came home, with rain showers continuing the whole way. Got here in time to view the sunset. The cloud formations were still looking awesome, and the colors were spectacular. Dropped off a bunch of canned tuna in Sequim for my brother to p/u later. Dang, my 5 wt and beach fishing stuff got a ride all the way up and back without fulfilling its purpose. Gonna paddle some creek tomorrow, though. Looks like I'll be fishing tidal creeks and local streams earlier in the season than I used to do, and then backing off for the rest of the summer until things cool back down.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#14
Yesterday, I drove from Grayland to Sequim for a brief visit with my Dad, via 101 along Hood Canal, and it was nice to have scattered rain showers and awesome cloud formations the whole way. I cooked my Dad a dinner of fresh LIng Cod and steamed veggies, chatted a spell, p/u some of my stuff, and came home, with rain showers continuing the whole way. Got here in time to view the sunset. The cloud formations were still looking awesome, and the colors were spectacular. Dropped off a bunch of canned tuna in Sequim for my brother to p/u later. Dang, my 5 wt and beach fishing stuff got a ride all the way up and back without fulfilling its purpose. Gonna paddle some creek tomorrow, though. Looks like I'll be fishing tidal creeks and local streams earlier in the season than I used to do, and then backing off for the rest of the summer until things cool back down.

No pictures of the Sunset??
 

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