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Fishing Report - Colorado River (Lees Ferry), Arizona - January 17, 2017
Lees Ferry tailwater:
The Lees Ferry discharges are still a little high at this time but okay for drift boats. You have to watch the schedule.
Stream Conditions:
Rate: 13,000 cfs
Level: 9.28 ft
Afternoon Water Temperature: 51
Clarity: slight stain
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow at Lees Ferry

7 Day Weather Forecast:
There is a chance of snow everyday from Thursday through next Monday, otherwise clear. Highs will range from 35 to 44
degrees and lows from 27 to 3
1.
National Weather Service Forecast at Page AZ

Recommended Trout Flies:
Blue-winged Olives, size 18/20, 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
Scuds, size 14
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6
Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, size 6

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.
Fly Fishing Colorado River, Arizona
Description of the Colorado River,
Guide to fly fishing the Colorado River,
Colorado River fishing seasons, and
much more