rainbow trout
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
Fly Fishing On The Colorado River
(Lees Ferry) In Arizona
The Colorado River flows from Glenn Canyon Dam to
Lees Ferry providing anglers some of the best rainbow
trout fishing in the West.  There are about fifteen miles
of beautiful water full of rainbow trout surrounded by
one-thousand feet high red sandstone cliffs. Beyond
Lees Ferry, the stream flows into the Grand Canyon.

You can fish this river any day of the year and catch
trout. Its water stays at about forty-seven degrees
year-round. It is made up of gravel bars and shallow
riffles between very large and deep pools.

The locals are proud of their sight fishing on the
Colorado. The water is crystal clear and during the
spawning times the rainbows can be found in very
shallow water. A popular method is to cast to individual
fish during the long spawning season.

Fly fishing the Colorado River at Lees Ferry is almost
all done below the surface although there are a few
conditions where you can catch trout on the dry fly.
The great majority of the food is either midges or
scuds. There are few other sources of food for the
trout.

Fly Fishing Guide for the Colorado River
(Lees Ferry) Arizona
Fly fishing the Lees ferry Colorado River tailwater is
mostly nymph fishing. Long, good drifts using midge
larva and pupa imitations is the best way to go about
catching trout. The Lees Ferry tailwater is a big river. It
flows clear and cold from the Glen Canyon dam
providing the ideal trout habitat. The setting is
gorgeous, deep canyon country, that resembles the
Grand Canyon not far away downstream. Wildlife is
abundant and includes eagles, mountain sheep, deer,
and mountain lions.

You can fish from the banks. The best water is reached
using drift boats. Some use jet boats and sometimes,
regular power boats. The water level fluctuates big time
and it is very important to keep up with the changes in
it.  

Boating the river can be dangerous. Especially those
making their first trip. The river provides plenty of food
for the big rainbows but they can be picky and
selective at times. The Colorado River gets a
considerable pressure and the fish can be tough to
figure out. Imitating the most plentiful and available
foods for the trout to eat at any given time is the right
strategy to use. Anyone with the opportunity should be
certain to give this tailwater a try. It will be an
experience you won't forget.
Type of Stream
Tailwater

Species
Rainbow Trout
(Wild)

Size
Medium

Location
Northern Arizona

Nearest Towns
Marble Canyon, Arizona
Flagstaff, Arizona

Season
Year-round

Access:
Poor

Special Regulations
None

Non-Resident License
State of Arizona

Weather
National Weather Service Link

USGS Stream Flow Data
Colorado River at Lees Ferry

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Seasons:
You can catch trout year-round on any
day you can personally stand the weather.
Winter:
The winter is a great time to fish. The
rainbows spawn during the winter and
sight fishing is very popular.  
Spring:
Spring fishing depends somewhat on the
snowpack around Lake Powell. It has a big
effect on the discharges in the spring.
Colorado River (Lees Ferry)
Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Colorado River at Lees Ferry and in all
stages of life that are applicable to fishing.
If you want to fish better, more realistic trout
flies, have a much higher degree of
success, give us a call.  We not only will
help you with selections, you will learn why,
after trying Perfect Flies, 92% of the
thousands of our customers will use
nothing else.
1-800-594-4726.

The discharge at Lees Ferry is from the
cold water in the bottom of deep Lake
Powell. That changed some of the aquatic
insects in the stream below the dam from
that of what once lived in a warmer river for
most of the year. The hatches change
depending on the distance you are fishing
below the dam.

Most of the insects are midges. It is the
most important insect. Most of the midges
are cream colored midges but there are a
few blood midges or red midges. You need
imitations of the larvae, pupae and adults.

There are also some mayflies, stoneflies
and caddisflies. Over the years, there have
been more and more of these. The first
mayfly and the most abundant mayfly is the
Blue-winged Olive.
Hatches, continued:
They start to hatch in late March and peak
in late April and early May. The hatch ends
in late May. These are bi-brooded and
hatch again in September, October and
early November.

Pale Morning Duns hatch start hatching in
June and last on into mid August. Tricos
hatch in late July, August and September,
mostly in the lower section of the river.

Little Winter Stoneflies start showing up in
March and last into the first of May. Golden
Stonflies hatch in June and last into mid
July. Little Yellow Stoneflies are also
present. They start hatching in June and
last well into August. These are called
Yellow Sallies by most anglers.

American Grannoms, or Little Black
Caddis, start hatching in April. Minnows,
baitfish and sculpin are in all sections of
the river. Streamers are effective all year.

The terrestrial insects along the banks of
the tailwater consist mostly of beetles,
crickets, grass hoppers, and ants.  
Grasshoppers, ants and beetles start
showing up along the banks in late June.
Trout can be caught on imitations of them
on into early October.

Spotted Sedges will show up in April and
last all the way to September. The hatch
peaks in July. Their Little Sisters are also
present. They start hatching in May and
last until August.
Summer:
Summer time is the most popular time to
fish the Colorado River. The water is very
cool and the fish very cooperative but you
must check the flows. They can be high.
Fall:
The rainbows start to spawn during the late
fall usually about the first of November.
This is normally a great time to fish.   
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $50 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
Headlines: The river is still in very
good shape with good stream levels
clear water. We received two good
reports from the past week. The
weather is clear and fishing is very
good. Fish streamers, like the
Brown sculpin, early and late in the
day and Midges and small BWO
nymphs during the day. You may
find some Pale Morning duns at the
mouths of the tributary streams
downstream.
Keep up with the
latest, including stream levels,
weather, recommended strategies
and flies on the fishing report linked
above.
Fishing Report Headline Archive:
Click Here for the Current Fishing Report

10/13/15 Good conditions continue with few anglers fishing and even a chance of rain. Few
changes take place at this time of the season. Contrary to what the local guides want you to
think, you don't necessarily need a guide to fly fish the river successfully. You can walk in
and do just fine, sometimes better than having to continuing on downstream in a drift boat
to a take out point.

10/20/15 There are not many changes that take place in the lees Ferry tailwater throughout
the seasons. One of a few is happening now but actually has little effect on the strategies
you should use fishing. It is raining and will off and on through Friday of this week. It can
change the discharges, depending on how much rain rain comes into Lake Powell.

10/27/15 The weather is getting  a little cooler and that will only help the conditions. You
can catch the largest rainbows on streamers, especially sculpin patterns like our Brown
Sculpin and White Belly sculpin. There are a few Blue-winged Olives hatching but they are
usually sparse hatches.

10/03/15 There is rain in the forecast for the next three days and eventually that will result
in some higher discharges. Right now they are normal. Baitfish, midges and Blue-winged
olives are the main foods. The Brown Sculpin is the main fly to use right now. The BWOs
are not
baetis, rather other very small species called BWOs.

10/10/15  There have been very little changes this past week. It will rain today but otherwise
be clear. Actually, the rain at Lees Ferry affects the anglers fishing more than the trout. It is
the rain emptying into Lake Powell that affects the discharges and that is all that affects the
trout in that regard. It is gradually getting a little colder.

11/17/15 There has been some rain in the watershed for Lake Powell but the discharges
have not been showing much results from it. The stream levels have been up and down
some but more normal than from the results of any rain or snow melt. We didn't receive any
reports this past week from anyone fishing, so let us hear from you. Conditions should be
good this next week.

11/24/15 We didn't receive any reports from the past week. There has been some heavy
discharges to lower lake Powell but that should be back to normal. Midges are king and we
recommend fishing the larva and pupa imitations in tandem with the pupa fly up about 16
inches above the larva fly. Our Brown Sculpin is always a good fly to use on this river.

12/01/15 The river has settled down and the lake level back where it should be, so you can
expect reasonable discharges this coming week. It is a little colder and the water is down a
couple of degrees from where it was. Midges are key right now. We recommend cream
midge larva and pupa fished in tandem with the larva on the bottom and the pupa up the
tippet about a foot.

12/08/15 The discharges are high at this time. You will need to keep a check on the water
levels and flows. The weather is going to be nice when things do settle down. There is a lot
of water to get through the Colorado river system. Streamers most likely will be your best
option when the levels drop.

12/15/15 It is turning much colder in northern Arizona. This is going to affect the angler
fishing far more than the trout. The water coming from the dam stays a constant
temperature from the bottom of Lake Powell. There is little changes in the strategies or flies
you will need to fish the canyon.

12/22/15 There is snow in the forecast every day through this coming Saturday. They are
still running a lot of water through the dam and the discharges are heavy at times. Midges
and streamers like our Brown Sculpin are the flies you need to be using. We suggest
waiting a few days to fish if you have that option, but there's nothing wrong with fishing now.

12/29/15 It is a little colder but this only affect you, the angler. It is a few miles below the
dam before there is any substantial change in water temperature during the winter months.
The flows continue to be higher than normal and you need to keep a close check on them.
Streamers, especially our Brown and White Belly Sculpin, have produced will with the high
flows.

01/05/16 This tailwater is one of the best kelp secrets in the nation. For some reason it
never caught the attention of the fly fishing magazine writers. The trout are big and usually
very aggressive. The food you need to imitate isn't complicated because the aquatic insect
population in terms of diversity is small. Baitfish is the most important food.

01/26/16 The stream levels fluctuate depending on the releases which currently are up and
down a lot. Make sure you keep a close check on the power company schedule. Midges,
little BWO nymphs, winter stonefly nymphs and the Brown Sculpin streamers are the top
flies you need to have with you.

02/02/16 The discharges continue to pulse, meaning they are up and down. Midges, scuds,
aquatic worms, winter stoneflies, black flies, and sculpin still remains the most important
foods. There is no rain in the forecast this coming week, and it should be a good one to fish
the river.

02/09/16 Stream flows are up right now but they often pulse the discharges, meaning run
water, then pause the discharge, and run again, etc. Normal flows are about 5800 cfs. The
Sculpin streamers, both the brown and White Belly, and the Matuka streamers, both the
black and olive ones, work good during the higher discharges.

02/16/16 The weather is turning much warmer and although that makes little difference in
the tailwater temperature, it sure help those fishing enjoy the day not having to fight cold
wind. The stream levels and discharges should be fine and Sculpin streamers a top priority.
Blue-winged olives is going to be the main aquatic insect to imitate.

02/23/16 The nice, warm weather continues with no chance of rain or snow for the next
week. We didn't get any reports from anyone fishing this past week. The river levels
continue to pulse up and down and most likely will remain that way for the coming week.
Midges and little BWO nymphs are the insects to imitate.  

03/01/16 This should be a very good week to fish the Colorado. The stream levels are still
pulsing but the water is clear and in good shape. The weather is going to be much warmer,
making it more comfortable for anglers to fish. Streamers, Midges and Blue-winged olive
nymphs are still the most important flies to use.

03/08/16 The river is generally in good shape but they are pulsing the discharges, meaning
running the turbines and then shutting them off. This keeps the levels changing, so make
sure you check them before fishing as all the locals well know. Streamers are generally the
best choice and sculpin patterns a good choice for the streamers. Blue-winged olives may
hatch.

03/15/16 They continue to pulse the discharges and the levels continue to be up and down.
This should help the stream from an overall condition standpoint, or at least that is thought
to be the case. Midges and streamers continue to be the best choices for flies.

03/22/16 The discharges continue in the "pulsing" mode, so the levels are up and down.
Streamers like our Brown Sculpin are the best all around flies to use. Midges and little
Blue-winged olives are hatching.

03/29/16 Rainbow trout are spawning. The stream levels are pulsing, right opposite of what
is needed for a good spawn. What and how you fish has a lot to do with the level of the
stream. If it is up, use the sculpin streamers. They do steal eggs and the trout well know it.

04/07/16 They are still pulsing the turbines or running water and them shutting down, and
repeating the process. The rainbow trout are spawning big time right now. There is some
rain later near the end of the week. Our Brown Sculpin and White Belly sculpin streamer
flies have produced under these conditions.

04/14/16 They are still pulsing the discharges. The rainbows are spawning and a few are
being caught. The weather forecast looiks good for the coming week.

04/26/16 The discharges are still pulsing but we think that may change soon. There is rain
in the forecast every day for the next week. One customer reported catching some nice
bows on the Sculpin streamers.

05/09/16 The "catching" has been good when the discharges were low to medium and that
changes every few hours. The Brown and White Belly Sculpin streamers are catching some
big bows. The water is getting near the fifty and that will bring on some new hatches very
soon.

06/16/16 The river varies a lot in current and depth and you have to fish accordingly. It is
almost always clear and at times, sight fishing is possible. Most of the time streamers,
especially Sculpin patterns, are the best strategy.

06/23/16 It is possible to wade most of the time. This really helps you get closer to the fish
and in short, catch more of them. You need long leaders and light tippets. Boats are still
doing well, especially if you get out and wade.

07/05/16 The discharges down and near normal for this time of the year. We didn't receive
any fishing report this past week, but we should this coming week. Conditions are much
better. Late afternoon should be the best time of day to fish, but you should be able to
catch trout all day using the right strategies.

07/12/16 We did receive one very good report this past week. Several nice rainbows were
caught early morning on streamers. That would probably work late in the day as well. The
local guides are not going to fish late in the day, so you won't hear this from them. The flows
are staying about the same week to week and normal for this time of the year.

07/27/16 We didn't receive any reports this past week from anyone fishing. The stream
levels are up now due to higher discharges making it tough to fish but it isn't expected to
last long. There is rain in the forecast through Friday of this week.

08/16/16 Our customers, both those floating and wading the river, reported some good
catches this past week. The upper section is fishing best. The weather is going to be a little
cooler and there is a chance of rain in the forecast everyday for the coming week.
Streamers like our Matuka Sculpin are working great and catching the larger fish.

08/23/16
Fishing Report Headline Archive:
Click Here for the Current Fishing Report

10/13/15 Good conditions continue with few anglers fishing and even a chance of rain. Few
changes take place at this time of the season. Contrary to what the local guides want you to
think, you don't necessarily need a guide to fly fish the river successfully. You can walk in
and do just fine, sometimes better than having to continuing on downstream in a drift boat
to a take out point.

10/20/15 There are not many changes that take place in the lees Ferry tailwater throughout
the seasons. One of a few is happening now but actually has little effect on the strategies
you should use fishing. It is raining and will off and on through Friday of this week. It can
change the discharges, depending on how much rain rain comes into Lake Powell.

10/27/15 The weather is getting  a little cooler and that will only help the conditions. You
can catch the largest rainbows on streamers, especially sculpin patterns like our Brown
Sculpin and White Belly sculpin. There are a few Blue-winged Olives hatching but they are
usually sparse hatches.

10/03/15 There is rain in the forecast for the next three days and eventually that will result
in some higher discharges. Right now they are normal. Baitfish, midges and Blue-winged
olives are the main foods. The Brown Sculpin is the main fly to use right now. The BWOs
are not
baetis, rather other very small species called BWOs.

10/10/15  There have been very little changes this past week. It will rain today but otherwise
be clear. Actually, the rain at Lees Ferry affects the anglers fishing more than the trout. It is
the rain emptying into Lake Powell that affects the discharges and that is all that affects the
trout in that regard. It is gradually getting a little colder.

11/17/15 There has been some rain in the watershed for Lake Powell but the discharges
have not been showing much results from it. The stream levels have been up and down
some but more normal than from the results of any rain or snow melt. We didn't receive any
reports this past week from anyone fishing, so let us hear from you. Conditions should be
good this next week.

11/24/15 We didn't receive any reports from the past week. There has been some heavy
discharges to lower lake Powell but that should be back to normal. Midges are king and we
recommend fishing the larva and pupa imitations in tandem with the pupa fly up about 16
inches above the larva fly. Our Brown Sculpin is always a good fly to use on this river.

12/01/15 The river has settled down and the lake level back where it should be, so you can
expect reasonable discharges this coming week. It is a little colder and the water is down a
couple of degrees from where it was. Midges are key right now. We recommend cream
midge larva and pupa fished in tandem with the larva on the bottom and the pupa up the
tippet about a foot.

12/08/15 The discharges are high at this time. You will need to keep a check on the water
levels and flows. The weather is going to be nice when things do settle down. There is a lot
of water to get through the Colorado river system. Streamers most likely will be your best
option when the levels drop.

12/15/15 It is turning much colder in northern Arizona. This is going to affect the angler
fishing far more than the trout. The water coming from the dam stays a constant
temperature from the bottom of Lake Powell. There is little changes in the strategies or flies
you will need to fish the canyon.

12/22/15 There is snow in the forecast every day through this coming Saturday. They are
still running a lot of water through the dam and the discharges are heavy at times. Midges
and streamers like our Brown Sculpin are the flies you need to be using. We suggest
waiting a few days to fish if you have that option, but there's nothing wrong with fishing now.

12/29/15 It is a little colder but this only affect you, the angler. It is a few miles below the
dam before there is any substantial change in water temperature during the winter months.
The flows continue to be higher than normal and you need to keep a close check on them.
Streamers, especially our Brown and White Belly Sculpin, have produced will with the high
flows.

01/05/16 This tailwater is one of the best kelp secrets in the nation. For some reason it
never caught the attention of the fly fishing magazine writers. The trout are big and usually
very aggressive. The food you need to imitate isn't complicated because the aquatic insect
population in terms of diversity is small. Baitfish is the most important food.

01/26/16 The stream levels fluctuate depending on the releases which currently are up and
down a lot. Make sure you keep a close check on the power company schedule. Midges,
little BWO nymphs, winter stonefly nymphs and the Brown Sculpin streamers are the top
flies you need to have with you.

02/02/16 The discharges continue to pulse, meaning they are up and down. Midges, scuds,
aquatic worms, winter stoneflies, black flies, and sculpin still remains the most important
foods. There is no rain in the forecast this coming week, and it should be a good one to fish
the river.

02/09/16 Stream flows are up right now but they often pulse the discharges, meaning run
water, then pause the discharge, and run again, etc. Normal flows are about 5800 cfs. The
Sculpin streamers, both the brown and White Belly, and the Matuka streamers, both the
black and olive ones, work good during the higher discharges.

02/16/16 The weather is turning much warmer and although that makes little difference in
the tailwater temperature, it sure help those fishing enjoy the day not having to fight cold
wind. The stream levels and discharges should be fine and Sculpin streamers a top priority.
Blue-winged olives is going to be the main aquatic insect to imitate.

02/23/16 The nice, warm weather continues with no chance of rain or snow for the next
week. We didn't get any reports from anyone fishing this past week. The river levels
continue to pulse up and down and most likely will remain that way for the coming week.
Midges and little BWO nymphs are the insects to imitate.  

03/01/16 This should be a very good week to fish the Colorado. The stream levels are still
pulsing but the water is clear and in good shape. The weather is going to be much warmer,
making it more comfortable for anglers to fish. Streamers, Midges and Blue-winged olive
nymphs are still the most important flies to use.

03/08/16 The river is generally in good shape but they are pulsing the discharges, meaning
running the turbines and then shutting them off. This keeps the levels changing, so make
sure you check them before fishing as all the locals well know. Streamers are generally the
best choice and sculpin patterns a good choice for the streamers. Blue-winged olives may
hatch.

03/15/16 They continue to pulse the discharges and the levels continue to be up and down.
This should help the stream from an overall condition standpoint, or at least that is thought
to be the case. Midges and streamers continue to be the best choices for flies.

03/22/16 The discharges continue in the "pulsing" mode, so the levels are up and down.
Streamers like our Brown Sculpin are the best all around flies to use. Midges and little Blue-
winged olives are hatching.

03/29/16 Rainbow trout are spawning. The stream levels are pulsing, right opposite of what
is needed for a good spawn. What and how you fish has a lot to do with the level of the
stream. If it is up, use the sculpin streamers. They do steal eggs and the trout well know it.

04/07/16 They are still pulsing the turbines or running water and them shutting down, and
repeating the process. The rainbow trout are spawning big time right now. There is some
rain later near the end of the week. Our Brown Sculpin and White Belly sculpin streamer
flies have produced under these conditions.

04/14/16 They are still pulsing the discharges. The rainbows are spawning and a few are
being caught. The weather forecast looiks good for the coming week.

04/26/16 The discharges are still pulsing but we think that may change soon. There is rain
in the forecast every day for the next week. One customer reported catching some nice
bows on the Sculpin streamers.

05/09/16 The "catching" has been good when the discharges were low to medium and that
changes every few hours. The Brown and White Belly Sculpin streamers are catching some
big bows. The water is getting near the fifty and that will bring on some new hatches very
soon.

06/16/16 The river varies a lot in current and depth and you have to fish accordingly. It is
almost always clear and at times, sight fishing is possible. Most of the time streamers,
especially Sculpin patterns, are the best strategy.

06/23/16 It is possible to wade most of the time. This really helps you get closer to the fish
and in short, catch more of them. You need long leaders and light tippets. Boats are still
doing well, especially if you get out and wade.

07/05/16 The discharges down and near normal for this time of the year. We didn't receive
any fishing report this past week, but we should this coming week. Conditions are much
better. Late afternoon should be the best time of day to fish, but you should be able to
catch trout all day using the right strategies.

07/12/16 We did receive one very good report this past week. Several nice rainbows were
caught early morning on streamers. That would probably work late in the day as well. The
local guides are not going to fish late in the day, so you won't hear this from them. The flows
are staying about the same week to week and normal for this time of the year.

07/27/16 We didn't receive any reports this past week from anyone fishing. The stream
levels are up now due to higher discharges making it tough to fish but it isn't expected to
last long. There is rain in the forecast through Friday of this week.

08/16/16 Our customers, both those floating and wading the river, reported some good
catches this past week. The upper section is fishing best. The weather is going to be a little
cooler and there is a chance of rain in the forecast everyday for the coming week.
Streamers like our Matuka Sculpin are working great and catching the larger fish.

08/23/16 The stream levels and discharges remain about the same. Our customers are
catching plenty of trout on the Matuka Sculpin patterns, both Olive and black. The weather
is turning a little cooler but that affects the water temperature very little. It makes it much
better on the anglers. There are still plenty of little Spotted sedge caddisflies hatching. Egg
laying takes place late in the day.  

08/30/16 They have been running more water lately thanks to the rain in the watershed of
the river. Streamers, especially the Olive and Black Matuka Sculpin have been catching
some of the better fish. The Brown and White Belly sculpin streamers are also working good
with these higher discharges. Midges, red and cream, with the larva and pupa in tanden will
also catch trout.

09/06/16 We had two customers that fished the river last week that did mediocre catching a
few trout. They used mostly streamers and fished mornings only. No other report have
come in during the past two weeks. We recommend either cream or red midge larva and
pupa fished in tandem. Sculpin streamers fished early mornings will work but once the sun
hits the water, swith to midges.

09/13/16 Sculpin streamers, both our White Belly and Brown Sculpin and the Olive and
Black Matuka sculpin are working good with low light conditions, meaning early and late or
when overcast. Midges, creams and light green larva and pupa fished in tandem seems to
work best during the day. There are some little BWOs, and size 20 nymphs imitating them
should work.

10/10/16 The discharges have been low and wading in some spots easy. The walk-in
section is still producing some good trout. The Sculpin streamers, both the Matuka and
Brown Sculpin patterns work best. There are some very small Blue-winged olives hatching
and lots of cream midges but that is it.

11/01/16 The ups and downs of the discharges continue, but that allows you some time to
fish the walk in section as well as by drift boat. There should be some cloud cover and rain
later this week and that helps the little BWO and Midge hatches but for the most part, we
recommend tandem midge nymphs/larvae or Brown sculpin streamers.

11/08/16 The discharges and stream level is very high at this time. You will need to keep a
close check on the discharges as there has been a good bit of rain in the watershed this
past week. Streamers will likely be the best fly choice. The Black and Olive Matuka and
Brown and White Belly sculpin streamers work good at this time of the season.

11/15/16 The discharges and stream levels are back down to normal. This gives those that
wade and fish from drift boats a good opportunity. The trout are feeding on little Blue-
winged olives, mostly nymphs but some hatches are taking place, and Cream midges. The
midges are hatching good. The larger trout are still coming on Brown Sculpin streamers.

11/22/16 The river is still flowing a little high but otherwise in good shape. Streamers like
our Brown and White Belly sculpin are a good fly choice under these conditions. MIdges,
the reds or blood midges, and the Creams are also plentiful. Fish the larva and pupa
imitations in tandem with the larva the bottom fly. You can fish them under a strike indicator.

11/29/16 The river is still in good shape. We did receive one good report from the past
week. The weather is turning much colder this coming week but is will have almost no effect
on the fishing opportunity. The water temperature isn't affected much except far
downstream and then only a little. Midges will still be the best fly option. Creams and Reds,
or blood midges.

12/06/16 The discharges have been up this past week for a change. Make sure you check
the discharge schedule and levels before traveling very far to fish. We didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing this past week. Midges, Creams and Reds or Blood midges,
with the larva and pupa imitations rigged in tandem is a good fly option. Sculpin streamers
should also work good.

12/13/16 The river is running a little high, with higher discharges and levels. It is fine for drift
boats. Midges, Creams and Reds or blood midges, are hatching. Winter stoneflies are
starting to hatching. As almost alway, Sculpin streamer are a good fly choice. Fish the
midges in tandem with the larva the bottom fly and pupa about 16 inches above that.

12/2/16 The discharges and resulting stream levels continue to be a little high. That is fine
for drift boats but not for wading. There are spots that can be waded using caution but few
and far between. MIdges are the main insects hatching. There may be some small size 20
Blue-winged olives that hatch mostly on cloudy or overcast days.

12/24/16 The levels are running a little higher than normal for this time of the year. There
has been some heavy rain in the watershed recently. It is fine for drift boats but would be
tough to wade anywhere. Midges, and sculpin streamers, should be the flies you need to
use. Midges, are mostly creams but there are some reds or blood midges.

01/03/17 The discharges and resulting stream levels have been a little high lately. They are
a little too high to wade safely most of the time, but fine for the drift boats. Midges, Creams
and Blood midges, or red ones, are hatching good. There is a few little Blue-winged olives
hatching on cloudy days. Sculpin streamers continue to get some of the larger trout. Fish
the midge larva and pupa in tandem.

01/10/17 The discharges and resulting stream levels are high. The water and weather is
colder as well. It may be a good idea to put off traveling very far to fish the Colorado. There
is snow forecast everyday for the coming week. When it does get in shape, streamers will
be the first flies you need to consider. Midges will be hatching good regardless.

01/17/17 The discharges and stream levels are still high and likely to continue for a few
more day, but you never know. Check the discharge schedule and levels. As of now, larger
drift boats are fine to fish from but it is too high to wade. The Sculpin streamers should be a
very good fly choice, especially for the larger trout.

01/24/17 The discharges are back up and the levels high. We think the current levels are
too high for drift boats as well as any wading. There is a lot of water to get through the
system from Lake Powell, but it should get better soon. The snow ends today and then clear
weather is expected for the next week. Cream midges and Winter stoneflies will be the main
food to imitate.

02/07/17 Sorry for missing last week's report. The river is one of the top spots in the
southwest to fly fish for trout when conditions are right, or when the discharges are
reasonably low enough for wading. That is the situation now. Midges are the main insects to
imitate.

02/14/17 Same story, second verse. The discharges are up and although drift boats are
okay to fish, you wouldn't be able to wade safely. It may change. What the levels and fish
when it drops down some. Streamers like the Black Matuka Sculpin have been working
when it is a little high. We now offer midges, creams, reds, and light greens pre-rigged in
tandem. This helps those who have trouble tying on small flies.

02/21/17 The weather has been warm for the past few days and that is changing back to a
more winter weather pattern. It has little to no affect on the water temperature. It remain
constant. Midges, Creams, Reds, and light Greens, remain to be the most important food.
There are aquatic worms and sculpin as well.

02/28/17 The discharges and stream levels have been a little high mostly but beginning to
drop down to normal levels part of the time. They should stay low for the next few days
since the lake level in near its winter level. Midges, Creams and Reds and a few light
Greens are hatching. Fish the larva and pupa rigged in tandem. You can do this under a
strike indicator.

03/07/17 The river is still pulsing up and down but it does allow some good time for fishing.
The good news is, the rain has ended for the next week and the lake levels should be
getting lower. Fish streamers like the Black or Olive Matuka Sculpin. They work great in the
higher stained water. Otherwise, fish Cream or Red midges with the larva and pupa rigged
in tandem.

03/14/17 I know the reports are beginning to look like an exact copy of the week before
each week. The discharges are still running from low to high, or pulsing, with the stream
levels mostly high most to the time. Midges are still the main insects to imitate. Streamers
like the Brown or White Belly sculpin are a good fly choice.

03/21/17 They are still pulsing the discharges and the levels are going from about normal to
high each day. The water is fairly clear and trout can be caught on Midges and streamers.
Few anglers are fishing and we didn't receive any reports from the past week. Sculpin
streamers like the Black or Olive Matuka would be our first fly choice.

04/04/17 The river is in good shape. The stream levels are still up and down but much more
stable than they have been. The water is much warmer and conditions improved in all
respects. The only hatches are midges, mostly light Greens and small non-
baetis species of
Little Blue-winged olives. Sculpin streamers are still a great choice of flies.

04/18/17 The river is in good shape for this time of the year. We received two good reports
fromthe past week. Most of the trout were caught on light Green midge pupa and larva tied
in tandem. Some were taken early and late in the day on Sculpin streamers. The discharges
and levels should be settling down some more.

04/25/17 The weather is turning a little cooler with some snow, but still warm enough for lots
of midge and little Blue-winged olive hatches. Of course, sculpin streamers is always a good
choice when it is cloudy or light snow.

05/09/17 The discharges are running part time and off part time. This give plenty of
opportunity to wade, but you can't all day every day. We received two good reports this past
week from customers using our sculpin streamers.  Streamers like the Brown and White
Belly Matuka sculpin are good fly choices. Midges, Creams and light Greens, with the larva
and pupa rigged in tandem is working good.

05/16/17 The river is in good shape. We didn't receive any reports from the past week but
we don't always hear back from customers. Some make a long trip through the canyon. The
conditions remain about the same. Sculpin streamers and little Blue-winged olive nymph,
emergers, duns and spinners, are the main flies to use.

05/23/17 The river is in good shape with clear water and decent flows and levels. We had
two good reports from the past week. Streamers, like our Brown and White Belly Sculpin,
are working good early and late in the day. Midges, creams and light greens, are working
during the day.

05/30/17 The conditions are about as good as they get at this time of the season. The
water is getting just a little warmer and the flows are excellent for wading. There are some
nice trout being caught by our customers. They are using Sculpin streamers and midges.
Fish the midges with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem. Cream and Red midges are
working.

06/7/17 The river is up a little from last week, but still in good shape. We didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing this past week. Many are making trips through the canyon and
fishing when in the upper section of the river. Streamers are still the best bet early and late
in the day. Midges and Aquatic worms work during the day.