Colorado is mostly a bunch of lazy ass fair weather boaters who bitch about the water temperature when its under 60 degrees and claim its downright crazy to paddle in a May rainstorm with the water rising. Thats one of the reasons they can't get their asses on the river before noon because they have to wait for it to warm up, the dew to dry off of their gear and day's peak flow to start ebbing before they can manage a run of the numbers. The reason for this is because most of the Colorado river rat crowd is transplanted from lame states like the East, Midwest, Texas or that Southern Cali pit of hell LA, instead of Colorado natives like myself. You can tell a native because he'll be boating Clear Creek in a snowstorm with a shorty top on and sweating cause its so damn hot
. I don't think many of these transplants could hack it in the PNW. I don't think the temp out there ever gets above 45. The only ones worse than Colorado boaters for fair-weather lameness are Southeast paddlers. Any less than 80 degrees and they bust out their drysuits.
Colorado fair-weather paddler's only redemption is at least when they finally do make it on the river, no one else is as good at tearing up wood infested low volume sharp rocky super mank. In the PNW, any run with less than, well like 2000 cfs, and they just don't mess with it.