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Colorado River (Lees Ferry) Arizona - Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and
For most of the fishing you will encounter, we think a 5 weight floating line would be the best
choice. You may also want a 6 weight floating line to fish nymphs and streamers. During the
winter months you may want to use a sinking tip or sinking line in a 6 weight size.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes you choose to use. The five
and six weight rods would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a fast action would be
The reels for the 5 and 6 weight lines should have good drags. The drags should be smooth
and adjust to fine increments. You don't want to lose a large rainbow or brown trout on the
Colorado River at Lees Ferry because of a poor drag.
A nine foot leader length would probably be the best all around length. You may also want a
twelve foot length for fishing small dry flies in the smooth sections of water. The only other
exception would be when you are fishing streamers whereas you may want a short leader of
only 3 or 4 feet. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers up to 6X
for midges and other small flies.
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the Colorado River. We prefer the
breathable type but you may prefer the neoprene type if you fish during the very cold parts
of the season.
Felt soles would still be our choice. The new rubber soles may work okay.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory. The current can run strong at
times and in certain areas of the stream.
A landing net would be purely optional for the Colorado River. The rainbows are large and
we highly recommend one.
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every important
insect that exist in the Colorado River. It is best to use the hatch chart and select the flies to
use for the period of time you will be fishing. Many of our flies have been tested and proven
to work in the Colorado River at Lees Ferry. If you haven't done so already, we hope you will
give them an opportunity to work for you.
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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.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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