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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 & 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report - Colorado River (Lees Ferry), Arizona - August 16, 2018
Lees Ferry tailwater:
Discharges and stream levels are still in good shape. The tailwater temperature remains fairly warm. Sculpin streamers continue
to catch the larger trout.
Rate: 17,700 cfs
Level: 10.25 ft
Afternoon Water Temperature: 56
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow at Lees Ferry
7 Day Weather Forecast:
There is a chance of rain on Friday and Saturday, otherwise clear for the next week. Highs will range from 89 to 91 degrees and
lows from 64 to 65.
National Weather Service Forecast at Page AZ
Recommended Trout Flies:
Blue-winged Olives, size 18/16, nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners
Midges: Blood (Red), sizes 20.22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Light Green, size 20.22, larva, pupa and adults
Aquatic Worms, size 12, pink, red, and others
Scuds, size 14
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6
Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, size 6
Spotted Sedges, size 16, larva, pupa and adults
Pale Morning Duns, size 16/18, nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners
Strategies, Techniques and Tips:
Various species of Blue-winged olives are still the most plentiful and available trout food at this time. They are bi-brooded. They
don't always hatch, but a BWO nymph always catches trout because the nymphs are very active at this time of the year.
Hatches do occur, mostly on cloudy days.
The Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin and/or the Brown and White belly Sculpin are great flies to use for the larger size
trout and is also what we suggest fishing when the discharges are on the high side.
An alternate strategy is to fish a tandem Midge rig under a small strike indicator with the midge lava as the bottom fly and the
midge pupa as the top fly. Fish the adult midge only when you observe trout feeding on the surface.
Scuds are available for the trout to eat year-round. Black flies are hatching.
Aquatic worms are also working good.
Pale Morning duns are hatching.
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