Feb 7, 2012
Winter 2012... Where are you?
Winter is among us, although when looking outside, you wouldn't know it. The nor-cal weather seems to be averaging in the mid 60's and sunny. Well... Sometimes it snows early in the season, sometimes it snows late. Either way, the question I keep getting asked is, "How is this going to impact the summer rafting season coming up?".
The good news is that The South Fork and Middle Fork Americans have hydropower dams upstream that provide great flows all summer long. A likely impact is that we may not have South Fork Water on Wednesdays. However, we will know more as the season progresses. We are expecting a great fishing season this year,and if we are able to escape months of high water, the trout fishing season could go uninterrupted, from April to November. The North Fork American River is a free flowing river. If our winter continues in the same dry pattern that we have been experiencing, this season will be shorter than last.
But don't give up hope for some more powder turns on the slopes that will give way to incredible whitewater down in the canyons. "Winter isn't over until it snows on the Dogwoods." and "April showers bring May flowers."