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Monday, May 24, 2010

Big water!

1999 was the last year Pathfinder reservoir saw anything resembling pool level. Currently Pathfinder is sitting at 86.6% of capacity and Seminoe is not that far behind. We have yet to see the full dose of runoff and the mountain ranges feeding this animal have not even begun to shed their snow pack. What does this all mean for us fly fisherman?
Well, we may be fortunate enough to see all of our favorite North Platte tailwaters at near flood levels. All those tasty back channels will become fishable and if there was ever a year to throw a big streamer or hopper to the bank...this might be it. Below is some current water data just to give you an idea of whats going on and feel free to do the math, this water has to go somewhere.

Seminoe Res. inflow 7971cfs
outflow 4018cfs
74% full
Kortes Res. FULL
Pathfinder Res. inflow 4654cfs
outflow 2280cfs
86.6% full
Alcova Res. FULL
Glendo Res. FULL

*note during peak runoff the upper North Platte will experience flows between 12,000 and 15,000cfs.

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