what's the big deal?
does the flow value really make two shits difference? below the rock, there is one major USBR diversion and one major diversion for the city of greeley's water treatment plant, plus the north fork of the poudre dumping in from seamen res, so there are three big variables that could greatly influence the reading coming out of the canyon and into town compared to what you actually boat in the canyon. could be wrong on this one, but i believe the city of fort collins and soldier canyon water plants take out water before the gauge as well, so there are two more major diversions before the graph.
so what's all the fuss about what the graph says? it doesn't really matter. the rock was at 2' yesterday afternoon, so there's enough water to boat any section of the river now, so get up there and boat it and quit worrying about the graphs.
By the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul.