Re: Colorado Springs
Sounds like a great time. Next year try the "miracle mile/dream stream" section of the platte just above that, between spinney and elevenmile reservoirs. Wind is more likely to be an issue, but I literally have dreams about fishing that place.
You'll drive up to it and think I have pulled on your leg with the force of a mule team, but once you complete the walk across the dry nothing and see that pristine fertile stream you just might be proclaiming "THANK YOU BIGCLIFF!" out loud. Try not to dwell on that too much during your frigid canadian winter. (it will actually probably be colder on the dream stream anyway)