Glad this got resurected. I now try not to get caught out fishing if I'm going to be above 8 feet unless they are gentle swells.
But I checked google earth got the elevation of one of my favorite spots in Colorado. It appears that the water there is very mysterious because one part of the lake surface is 11,138 feet but on the other side the surface is 11,143 feet. I'm glad I used tap water for my water level and not water from that lake.
That was were I learned not to use the rubber tubing from a wrist rocket to straighten a curly leader if you value your eyes. It broke when I drew back on it up there and I thought I had lost the sight in one eye for quite a while. It dropped me to the ground and I couldn't see a thing for what seemed like 5 minutes. The pain was excruciating.
The lake was filled with cutthroats of all sizes. Very healthy fish. The most recent fire ring was at least 2 full summers old - not surprising since there were no trails leading into it, and a shin-beating bushwacking climb besides.
The outlet that fed into the Eagle River held cutts to the falls then starving brookies by the thousands below the falls. The giant-headed stunted-body variety. They would go into a frenzy for a pebble thrown into the creek.
If I had a chopper or knew somebody with one, I'd like to go back there.