When standing at the Family Pool and admiring the massive amount of water that is coming down the river, 850 CFS to be exact I can not help but think back to the low flow days of the drought years and the fire which for many years created a new high water mark well below the more than bank full gush I see. The sand has started to clear and the river in its own dramatic way continues to emerge from those sad years with a strength and grace reserved only for nature.
The deep pools are back and the runs much like I remember from my youth. The caddis that continue to bounce off my cheek are as good a reminder as any that Cheesman Canyon has begun its long journey back from the effects of the Hayman Fire, the largest most devistating wildfire in Colorado history.
The fish are fat and healthy and continue to earn their reputation as some of the most technically pursued trout in the Rocky Mountain West. The caddis hatch was amazing and it looks like it will continue throughout the month of June. There is no need to be intimidated by the high water. The fish are still feeding and are just where they are supposed to be during high water, tucked on the edges. Here is the link to a detailed fishing report from our day in the Canyon.