Report by: Tyler Smith
February 22, 2012
Recent Fish rating
Upriver: 6.5 to 7.5
Key: 1 = Go fish somewhere else 10 = Rent a helicopter and get here now!
Today’s Weather: Sunny, Low 36 High 59
The weather has been very mild and dry. The forecast is for sunny warmer weather.
Upriver: 1 No Crowds during the week & 3 on the weekends
Walk In: 1 Nobody here during the week & 3 on the weekends
Key: 1 = Sleep late and fish where you want. 10 = Very crowded, get up early
Be sure to take a look at our new website, it is vastly improved and full of great information about fishing Lees Ferry wwww.leesferry.com
Fishing upriver has been good the last few of days. The river is running 8,000cfs for the majority of the day and increasing to 13,000cfs in the evening, but dropping back down by the morning. These new flows have really opened up the river creating an abundance of wading opportunities. The key to a successful fishing day is to follow the sun. Where ever the sun is hitting on the water should make for better fishing. Next month the projected flows will fluctuate from 7,000cfs to 13,000cfs. Very similar flows to the month of February.
Fishing the seams, riffles and drop offs from the gravel bars has been the most productive. We are primarily nymphing using Zebra midges, Glo-bugs Scuds, San and Juan Worms of various sizes and colors. The smaller fish tend to be higher up on the riffles and the bigger fish seem to be right on the edge of drop offs and in the deeper water just after the drop off. The best fishing has been just on the inside seam in the slower current.
Using a dry fly with a dropper such as a Zebra Midge or Glo-bug has also had some success depending on the water one is fishing. The dry dropper rig has been most productive in the shallower water. As the weather continues to warm up our midge hatches will only get better which should turn the fishing on in the back eddies. Another option as the fish move into the shallows is using a double tiny rig as described on our website.
There are some actively spawning trout in a few areas on the river. A person may consider fishing a Glo-Bug below a Scud or fishing a Glo-bug with a midge dropper especially on cloudier days. However, the spawn is much weaker compared to last spring.
Although the water has come down another good option is fishing a small streamer or wooly bugger. With these lower flows a person can wade and continue to fish streamers. The better streamer areas tend to be where the riffles drop off into slower deeper pools. Emphasizing the swing then stripping the fly up the seam has produced some good fish. The key to successful streamer fishing is varying the strip retrieve. When streamer fishing, we highly recommend a Teeny 130 or 200 grain sinking tip or a similar line. The reason for the Teeny is that the sinking tip is twenty feet which allows the streamer to cover more water effectively especially the deeper drop offs.
Walk-In Report:By Dean Windham
Spin fishing the walk-in has been good this week.
Spin Fishing Up River:
Spin fishing is good! It’s all about bouncing Glo bugs, San Juan Worms and Scuds off the bottom.
You can also try fishing with gold Kastmasters, black and gold Panther Martins #5s or Rapalas in Perch or trout.
Also definitely don’t forget about the marabou jig, this one has been working great and has been very reliable.
Report from one of our customers:
I rented a boat from you all and fished the river on Sunday with 2 friends. First off the boat ran great. We had some issues the last time out and we appreciate that they are all resolved.
On to the fishing – 3 words — Best Day Ever. The weather cooperated wonderfully. Our party had 2 experienced Lees Ferry fisherman and one total noob. Our noob got a fish on the third cast and ended up with at least 20 to hand for the day. I got a fish on the first and second casts, missed the fish on the third and had one on the fourth. I had only two casts all day that did not have a strike or a fish and on those I had the flies stuck to the indicator. We each had over 100 fish to hand easily. It was truly and incredible day. I give the up river rating a 10 (maybe an 11).
Fish were hitting eggs, midges and worms with the eggs getting the most fish. We’ll be back soon.
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For details on Lake Powell conditions and snow-pack, go here: http://lakepowell.water-data.com/
For a real time graphic view of water releases and ramp rates go here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv?09380000
The AZ Game and Fish Department has detected whirling disease in a very small percentage of Lees Ferry trout that were collected for a random sampling. More recent samplings have turned up no sign of the disease, which may mean that it was a â€œone timeâ€ exposure, where the disease was not established or that the disease is present but at a very low prevalence. Anglers should still use caution in cleaning their equipment both before and after they have fished here or in other waters. For more information visit: http://www.whirling-disease.org
Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop maintains a large inventory of Abel, Sage, Winston, Temple Fork, Tibor, Galvin, Orvis, Simms, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers Mastery, Ex Officio, William Joseph, Fish Pond and Rio among others. We have been one of the largest fly tackle retailers in the southwest U.S. and we are Arizona’s oldest fly shop. We guarantee our prices to be the same or lower than any other fly shop or retail store. We offer free shipping on all orders over $100 and no sales tax on out of state sales. Call us for the best advice!
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!!
PATAGONIA- Women’s Stretch Jacket was $315.00 now $175.00
Call for all current sale items as they change quickly.
Cliff Dwellers Lodge:
Our lodge has rooms with cable TV (20 channels), in-room coffee, and the basic amenities. Choices of rooms are ONE king-size bed, TWO doubles and TWO queen-size beds. Also our group unit we call the HOUSE, sleeps six with two baths, dining area, kitchen, patio with a view, and cable TV. Rates vary with season. We are excited about the winter season and have some great “black board” specials planned. Patio dining is available. (Enclosed in the winter months)
Meet the Guides:
THE GUIDES AND STAFF OF LEES FERRY ANGLERS have thousands of days on this water, and over 100 years combined fish-guiding experience. Captain’s Terry Gunn, Jeff English, Skip Dixon, Natalie Jensen, Tyson Warren and Tyler Smith make up our guiding staff. Lees Ferry Anglers is proud of our fly-fishing guide team! Wendy Gunn, Ted Welling, Tyler Smith, Dean Windham and Andy Vincent work in the fly shop. We strive to provide you with the best customer service in the industry. All of our prices in our shop are the same or less than any of the Big Box stores and we really do appreciate your business.
A note from one of our customers:
My name is Bill and I had the opportunity to fish Lee’s Ferry a few weeks ago while on vacation. My wife and I stopped by your shop to buy a fishing license and talk about the fishing. The salesman behind the counter was a great help, I wish I could remember his name. He suggested a lure, size and color, that I bought. And told me a good place to go fishing in the walk in area. He also told me the best time to be there on the water. He was right on. I caught several nice trout the largest being about 16 inches all released. The fishing was good, the scenery was assume, the weather was COLD and WET. I was not dressed for it.
The best part I looked up river and there was the salesman from behind the counter fishing about 50 yards from me, with a friendly wave.
Can’t wait to come back.