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Old 01-21-2015   #1
 
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Open water on the Colorado

Itching to get on the water for a float/fishing expedition. Is the Big C open anywhere on calm water from State Bridge to Moab? Gauges show runnable/low runnable on many sections but hoping some local Buzzards can provide eyes-on intelligence. Thanks

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glenwood springs is good to go... grizzly to new castle
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glenwood springs is good to go... grizzly to new castle
Thanks Grateful1. Is there a reason the run from New Castle to Ruby/Horsethief has no information? I know guys fish the "Gypsum to Gypsum" run around town but it would seem the remainder of that section is like the Bermuda Triangle.
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Is there a reason the run from New Castle to Ruby/Horsethief has no information?
that's over a hundred miles and there's only flat water and a couple good sized dams.
i'm sure the palisades dam is runnable when theres water, but not the cameo dam.
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A couple friends and I ran the Nothing stretch (Cisco to Dewey) a few weeks ago while blasting and casting. We were in an 14' aluminum v hulled boat powered by my sweet little 2.5 Mariner. We only had to drag it over 2 ice dams. The second one was about 300 yards long, Ean fell through the ice in the middle of the river only once. I think he got a little water in his muck boot.
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The Colorado is clear from shoshone to moab. Not sure about Westwater but I just made the drive through moab the other day.
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The stretch between New Castle and Cameo isn't flat water. It is mostly class II with a few III's at high water but keeps a good clip going the whole way. In addition to the two dams mentioned there frequently are significant ice dams in Debeque canyon. I didn't see them yet this year but they will ruin your day if they are there. Best to stop before DeBeque canyon
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Ice in Debeque Canyon => ice on Ruby and Westwater

I've floated Two Rivers to South Canyon in mid-winter when everything else was iced or highly suspect. The road down to the river at South Canyon may be snowed in but you can pull the raft up with a rope or two (clip to your chicken line, not just that front D-ring).

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In addition to the two dams mentioned there frequently are significant ice dams in Debeque canyon. I didn't see them yet this year but they will ruin your day if they are there. Best to stop before DeBeque canyon
A guideline I've heard (that I cannot vouch for but seems reasonable) is that if there's. It'll dawn on you how they could ruin your day if you just think about getting dragged under the ice for a few hundred yards.

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Newcastle to Silt is my winter fishing float and open now. Glenn to grizzly is another good fishing float. If you look at any of the local fly shop floats this time of year they are all in this area.
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Thanks all for the 411. Plans are being made for a Super bowl weekend fish slaying trip.
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