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Lees Ferry Report
March 14 & 15 2009

My first guide trip for 2009. I guided 4 guys from the San Pedro Fly Club in Sierra Vista, AZ this weekend. I took 2 anglers on each day and  fishing was good but we had to work for them. Riffle fishing was not as good as the 2 previous weeks. We sight-fished several off beds with eggs and scuds. In addition to wade fishing, we drifted and fished from the anchored boat.  Drifting was reliable with a variety of eggs, midges and worms. As always this time of year, the fish look amazing in their spawning colors. The aggressive males protect the redd (spawning bed) and eat well if the fly is presented drag free.
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
Colorado River Fishing
Lees Ferry Trout
Lees Ferry Fishing
Lees Ferrry Report
March 24, 2009

5 fun folks from Australia hired me to fish Lees Ferry today. Fishing was pretty steady all day on spin and fly gear. They landed about 30 fish for the day. Bouncing pink and orange egg flies on the bottom were the ticket spin fishing and black/ silver midges took the fish on the fly rod. The biggest 3 fish went 16, 17 and 18 inches. The photos of the 2 beautiful red fish below came on consecutive drifts just below the dam. Gotta love those spawning colors!

Lees Ferry Report
March 22, 2009

A fun family from Wilcox, AZ spin fished the Ferry with me today. Roxy and her dad, Matt fished while mom and sister rode along. The day was forcast to be windy later, so we fished hard while the conditions weren't too bad. Starting just a few miles up from the launch, we quickly hooked up the first fish of the day. many more followed and we had a fun time reeling in the rainbows and watching the beautiful canyon roll by. And then the heavy wind arrived about noon. We found good shelter to have lunch and then attempted to fish more but the winds were too much to maintain good boat controll and we called it a day to get them on the road to Wyoming a little early.
Lees Ferry Fishing
Roxy takes the first fish of the day
Lees Ferry Report
April 11, 2009

Walt and Bob, 2 professors from San Diego fished the Ferry with me today. We had a productive day despite the forecast for rain and wind. Bob had never fly fished before so we spent some time going over the basics of casting and dead drifting while Walt fished in a shallow riffle just above us. Walt was soon on the fish with eggs and midges. After about 20 minutes of instruction, Bob was on his own and had his first fish on the fly rod landed after a short tussle. Both Walt and Bob hooked a trout while sight fishing a nearby spawning bed. Bob fought and landed a nice 17 inch male off that bed. Later we switched to spin gear and did well on 3/8 oz. Kastmasters and bouncing big egg flies on the bottom. The biggest fish of the day came on the Kastmaster spoons.
Lees Ferry Trout
Lees Ferry Fishing
Lees Ferry Rainbow
Heavy female caught on the Kastmaster
Bob fights a spawner
Another beauty
Lake Powell Report
April 25, 2009

I had 2 young clients on Saturday and we had a blast catching many LM, SM, walleye and crappie. Hula grubs in smoke, watermelon and purple all took bass and walleye. The Senko crappie I caught last weekend that I thought might be a fluke was not; Derek caught 4 more crappie in the same spot on a 4" watermelon candy senko rigged wacky. Close by, Derek and Ian hit a few walleye on the hulas and many more bass on Senkos and Hulas. The wind kept us from sight fishing bedded fish efficiently. The most active fish came from 5-15 feet on drop-offs or steep talus slopes.
Lake Powell Largemouth
Lake Powell Smallmouth Bass
Lake Powell Jig Fishing
Fishing Lake Powell Walleye
Lake Powell Crappie fishing
Lake Powell Report
May 3 & 4, 2009

I had returning clients Leroy and Deb from Stansburry UT with me on May 3rd & 4th. Deb had the first fish of the trip on Sunday on a white/ chart. Terminator spinnerbait in Warm Creek. The beauty weighed in at 2lbs 13oz. but it looks bigger than that. We caught many fish in WC on Hula Grubs, weightless Senkos, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Later we fished Kane Wash for a while and had a fun time sight fishing smaller bass and a couple of crappie. Leroy stuck several with the fly rod on topwater spiders and mouse patterns.

Monday, we fished by Dominguez Butte and found the fish on the windward side of steeper drop-offs very receptive to Hulas in 5-20 feet. The windblown points or the lee side did not produce at all. Very specific pattern. Then we hit good ole Last Chance. After fishing along the shore with jigs and Senkos and picking up several fish, I put leroy and Deb on my crappie spot. It was on big time. We hooked at least 30 and boated about 20. 2-4" grubs and small Roadrunners accounted for the tasty fish.
Big Lake Powell smallmouth
Lake Powell Fishing Report
Lake Powell fishing for Largemouth
Lake Powell Crappie Fishing
Deb lands a beauty of a smallie 2lb 13 oz.
3lb 3 oz. largemouth on a Chatterbait


Leroy and Deb with a nice largemouth




sight fishing for crappie
Lake Powell Report
May 5, 2009

Judy and Dean from Idaho hired me to take them striper fishing to celebrate Dean's birthday. For this trip, we stayed close to hame and fished Wahweap Bay. We trolled a variety of shallow diving lures in water no deeper than 20 feet. Most of the fish came from the 10-12 foot range over the tops of flooded brush. The fish are nice and fat and yielded excellent fillets. Fun couple and a great time.
Lake Powell Striper Fishing
Lake Powell Fishing Report
Lake Powell Report
May 9, 2009

Wayne and his son-in-law Jason from Tucson joined me for a day of fishing for stripers, bass and crappie. After a couple reports of hundreds of shallow and visible stripers close to Castle Rock Cut, we decided to try and find them first thing in the morning. We had 2 stripers take a jerk bait but the big school had moved on. We ended up fishing jigs and dropshot 4" worms on nearby points and caught lots of SMB. After a short stop by Dominguez butte and a few more small mouth on jigs, we found our way into Last Chance for another round with the spot that has yielded so many crappie for my clients in the past month. Well, it did not disappoint this trip. In fact, we had the best crappie bite this year. Between the 3 of us, we caught over 30 crappie, a couple hand sized bluegills and a couple decent LMB on the ultra light rods in just a couple hours. Another great trip and great guys.
Custom Crappie JIg
Lake Powell Largemouth
Lake Powell Crappie Fishing
Lake Powell Report
May 17, 2009

Joe, a lone angler from Downey, CA fished with me on a morning half-ay trip. After, a slow start looking for stripers, we found the smallmouth very cooperative. We caught many on dropshot rigs and 5" Yamamoto Pro Senkos fished on shaky heads. Many of these fish we watched eat the bait while we fished over stair step type structure
Lake Powell Report
May 24, 2009

I motored out to Kane Wash to pick up some sons and dads up from the beautiful house boat "Babarac". The first crew of  2 dads and 3 young sons got into some decent smallmouth action on Yamamoto plastics and a couple bass and a walleye on crankbaits. The second group of 2 dads and 2 sons faired just a well in similar looking structure. All the kids were 7-9 years old a had a great time fishing the scrappy smallmouth.


Lees Ferry Report
May 25, 2009

Bret and his 10 year old son Eli fished the river today and we had a blast. For 10 years old Eli is a pretty good fly fisherman. Bret and Eli had success on bead head midge patterns fished with a couple different techniques. The rainbows are strong and give a great fight.
Lake Powell Report
May 26, 2009

My annual post-Memorial Day trip to Oak Bay to hang out with my friends on the Forbidden Canyon. After a beautiful early morning 47 mile ride up lake on glass smooth water, I arrived at their houseboat about 7AM. After a quick good morning to all  we were off to fish over flooded brush with topwater and spinnerbaits in search of largemouth and smallmouth close by. No luck there, but a striper spot close by that has treated us well for a few years did produce for us. The action fishing anchovies was not super fast, but we did boat plenty of stripers to make a nice fish fry for the crew. Great seeing everyone again. I look forward to the trip again next year.
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
Lake Powell Report
June 3, 2009

Kurt and his buddy Ray fished with both conventional and fly gear today. We spent most of the day in Navajo Canyon. We came across a couple of small "slurp boils" where the stripers gently taking larval shad off the surface. However, we could not get a fish to eat out of these boils. We did have some success fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass in the narrow cuts that Navajo is known for.
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
Walleye
Hooked Up
Largemouth
Lake Powell Report
June 8, 2009

Frank, his wife Barb and their grandson Colby fished a morning half-day in the Wahweap Bay area. We caught and released many smallmouth using dropshot rigs with 4" worms. Frank had a big walleye cut his line at the boat while I tried to land it. I guess it would have topped 5 pounds easy. I sure wish we could landed that one for a weight and photo.






Fiesty Smallie
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Lake Powell Fly Fishing
Lake Powell Smallmouth
Lees Ferry Report
July 8, 2009

I spent today guiding at Lees Ferry.  Jeff and Marty from Tucson have been fishing Fees Ferry a number of years, but have never fished with cicada dry flies before. We had a blast watching the trout blast the big dries. They caught about 20 fish between them with the biggest going 16".The cicada hatch will continue for at least another month. I forgot my camera on this trip; when Marty emails his photos to me, I'll add them to the report.
Lake Powell and Lees Ferry Reports
July 17-20, 2009

It's been a productive 4 day weekend for my clients. First off, Friday and Saturday I worked on Lees Ferry fly fishing for rainbows. This time of year is nothing short than a bonanza of fat fish. The cicada hatch is in full swing and casting big flies from the drifting boat produces explosive strikes. This is every Lees Ferry guide's favorite time of year. Wade fishing using San Juan worms and Lees Ferry Scuds was excellent with the single client I had on Saturday. The average trout was about 16 inches while wading and drifting after lunch produced 15 inch fish on average. Sunday and monday, I guided Powell. Sunday, we fished for stripers and smallmouth with success. Smallmouth were taken on a variety of jigs, dropshot and crankbaits. Stripers are busting shad and topwater lures and jigging spoons worked well for stripers up to 4 pounds. I talked to a fishing buddy of mine at the ramp this morning and he told me that he had been taking walleye up to 3 pounds while trolling over submerged brush.
Lake Powell Fishing Report
Lake Powell Smallmouth
Dam Trout
Lees Ferry Rainbow
Lees Ferry Fishing Report
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
Lees Ferry Report
July 17, 2009

Spin fishing at Lees Ferry today with a foursome. The fishing was stellar! Jigging Kastmasters and draggng big egg flies on the bottom produced at least 70 fish for the group.
One happy 8 year old w/ 19 incher
Lake Powell and Lees Ferry Report
July 24-26, 2009

2 lake days and on one on Lees Ferry this weekend. Friday I guided 2 Boy Scouts and 2 adult leaders from Caliente NV Friday. We found massive boils in the mouth of Warm Creek and everyone got into the act. The Stripers went to 5 pounds and made the drag sing. We mainly fished Kastmasters and jigging spoons.
Lake Powell Striper Boils
Striper Fishing
4 Pounder
Saturday I fished the Ferry with success wading and drifting. We fished near the dam and took quality fish to 19" on San Juan worms and midges. Drifting produced fish along the banks on cicada patterns. The cicada bite should last a couple more weeks.
Sunday, I had a houseboat pick up in Padre Bay. We looked for striper boils in Warm Creek where we had such success on Friday. The fish just didn't show up for us. We looked in other spots with limited boil activity. There were several pods of stripers busting shad in the same canyon where the houseboat was anchored and we fished those stripers just before lunch but the boils were very short in duration and difficult to get the boat in position in time to make a cast. The guys did catch a few fish for dinner. 6 year old Taylor had a blast cranking in the strong stripers.
Worm Fish
Lees Ferry Fatty
Double on Cicadas
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
Beauty
Lake Powell Striper Boil Fishing
Taylor, with a big striper
Boiling Stripers
That's not a boat wake, it's a massive striper boil erupting!
Lees Ferry Report
August 4, 2009

2 days at Lees Ferry this week.Fishing is still very good with 15" average rainbows and several fish 17-19". We drifted and threw cicada dries with bead head midge droppers with great success on Saturday and Sunday. We also waded for a few hours on Saturday with big fish up to 19" taking San Juan worms and midges.
Lees Ferry Report
August 8, 2009

Scott and his wife Svetlana from my home town of Tucson, joined me on Lees Ferry for a day of fly fishing. We started the day wading while I worked with Svetlana on her casting and presentation techniques. Both Scott and Svetlana caught fish while we waded at 8 mile bar. Scott took a nice 18 incher on a dry fly there. After a few short drifts and lunch in the shade of the bimini top, we concentrated on fishing dry/ dropper rigs from the drifting boat. Scott landed several fish on the cicada dry and a few on the dropper. It was a fun day with a fun couple.


Lees Ferry Rainbow Trout
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
"I canít say enough good things about the whole day.  We had a great time fishing with you! I really appreciate the time and fly fishing instruction you provided to Svetlana.  She had a great time, and Iím sure you are aware how important that is! Spouseís with good outdoor experiences means there will be more outdoor adventures in the future." -- Scott Davey, Tucson, AZ
Lees Ferry Report
August  30, 2009

Connie, a full-time RVer, contacted me about a trip on Lees Ferry and I was happy to show her our beautiful river. Fishing was a little tougher than my last couple trips. Wade fishing produced many strikes on attractor dry flies and a variety of nymphs.
Lees Ferry Trout Fishing
Lees Ferry Fishing Report
Lake Powell Report
September 19, 2009

Mike and his wife Alice from Florida joined me this afternoon for a half-day trip. They wanted nice sight seeing to go along with their fishing so we opted to run most of the length of Navajo Canyon. No striper boils were seen in Navajo, on the way in or out. Mike did have success with a white spinnerbait fished along the flooded willow trees in the back of the canyon. Alice caught a couple from the brush on 5" single tail Yamamoto grubs as well. At 5:00, we motored back to the Haystack area of Warm Creek looking for the stripers that I was catching that morning. The fish were around, but in very small pods and not boiling for more than 30 seconds at a time. Alice was the only one to bring one to the boat. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all.
Lake Powell Report
September 23, 2009

A great couple, Mark and Maria from Delaware called me for a PM half-day trip today. I took them through the cut to the Haystack area of Warm Creek. We were soon finding schools of stripers in 32-57 feet of water. Some were tight to the bottom and some suspended in 30 feet. After a little coaxing with jigging spoons, the fish came alive and the 3 of us caught several stripers ranging from yearling to about 5 pounds. With about an hour before darkness fell, we heard and saw boiling stripers in nearby brush and we gave chase.  We used spooks and Pop-Rs to take not only stripers but many smallmouth. There's nothing finishing a great trip with explosive topwater action. I forgot my camera on this trip but Mark is going to email me some of his photos. I'll post them as soon as I get them.
Lake Powell Report
October 4 , 2009

Jon and his wife who hail from MA, braved a very windy morning half-day on the Big Pond. We started behind castle Rock to get shelter from the southwest wind. Lots of good looking brush and rock structure but it only accounted for a couple small bass. We ended up trolling in another fairly sheltered area and the smallmouth were very willing to take Shad Raps and Bomber Flat-A's. we concentrated on bottom depth of about 25 feet with flooded tree tops that were roughly 10-15 below the surface. Despite the wind, we made a successful day of it.
Lake Powell Fly Fishing
2 smallies on the same crankbait
A purple Wolly Bugger fooled this one
Lake Powell smallmouth on the fly rod
Lake Powell Report
October 10& 11, 2009

Blain, who works in the U of Arizona Steward Observatory mirror lab came up to Lake Powell for 2 days of fly fishing. Blain fished with me several years at Lees Ferry. On this trip on Powell, we cast floating, slow sinking and fast sinking lines to fish the flies at many different depths. The most productive pattern was to find a cove with bass actively chasing shad and present the flies into the action. Topwater poppers and streamer flies presented less than 5 feet deep caught both smallmouth and largemouth around the brush holding the shad schools. Saturday morning  we fished Warm Creek and took mostly smallmouth here. About 10:30 we ran up to Last Chance Bay and fished a cove where I've had good success in the fall months. While Blain fly fished exclusively, I switched back and forth between the fly rod and conventional gear. While we had many follow and a few fish caught on flies, The conventional gear worked a bit better and I brought a couple stripers up on Zara Spook topwaters as well as a few more smallmouth on dropshot plastics. Sunday, we stayed close because of a forecast threat of wind. Eventually, we ended up in Warm Creek again and caught more bass on flies and even 2 on the same crankbait. It was a pleasure to fish with Blain again.
Topwater time
Lake Powell Report
November 13 & 14,  2009

I had the privilege to guide members of the Utah Army National Guard the past 2 days. With an approaching strong cold front due to arrive Friday, we weren't sure just how the fish were going to respond to the changing weather conditions. As luck would have it, the fish didn't get lock jaw too badly. We fished a half day on Friday and a full day on Saturday. We kept close to home and fished Warm Creek on Friday. Trolling in 25 feet was the best method this day. We boated several smaller stripers on a couple different crankbaits. Saturday started out cold with cold and rainy conditions. The plan was to run straight to Gunsight Canyon in Padre Bay after hearing a report from by buddy Ron about good striper fishing right on the bank from the previous day. After running through the Castle Rock Cut and beyond in the drizzle, I opted to make a right turn into Warm Creek where the rain was not falling. As we fished over a submerged point, the squall moved on and the way up to Gunsight was clear and sunny motoring. We ended up in the back of the canyon and saw the stripers chasing shad up on the banks occasionally. The guys hooked a few fish from the brief bank boils. It's always a rush to see the fish crashing shad and getting the chance to cast into the melee.
Lake Powell largemouth
Senko fishing Lake Powell
Lake Powell Fishing Guide
Lake Powell Fishing Reports
beautiful 3-13 smallmouth
nice 3-3 largemouth
a beautifully marked largemouth
average dropshot fish
Lake Powell Trolling
Lake Powell Smallmouth
Lake Powell Striper

2 smallies on the same crankbait
we caught some quality smallies
Lees Ferry Report
November 7, 2009

Austin, Mike and Ron all from the Phoenix area joined me on Lees Ferry for a fly fishing trip today. All three have been here before and are very good anglers. We started up at Dam Island with hopes of starting the day with some good size rainbows. The fish were generally finicky but everyone caught fish.  Ron found a small spot in fast water and caught several fish on San Juan worms and Zebra midges. Later we moved to Prop Bar and caught rainbows more all over the island. The bottom riffle worked especially well. It's always a great day on the Ferry.
Lake Powell Report
October 18 , 2009

Barry a newly retired charter captain from Juno Alaska and his wife Mary Sue were in Page looking for a possible retirement home and booked me for a full day trip. After getting the couple Utah fishing licenses at the marina store, we were off uplake. We fished most of the day around the vicinity of Last Chance bay and Neanderthal Cove. We found the smallmouth and largemouth a little sparse in the brush filled pockets. We caught fish but we were left needing some faster action. After a move to broken rock in the main lake we found the action more to our liking. Many fish were taken on dropshot Yamamoto 5" Pro Senkos and 5"Swim Senkos. The best Largemouth, 3-3, took the baby bass color Swim Senko on a 1/4 oz. shakey head fished very slowly in about 8 feet of stained water. The best smallmouth, in fact the biggest smallie of the year in my boat, came trolling a white/ blue X-Rap in the Castle Rock Cut jut before we hit the dock to finish the trip - go figure. The beauty weighed in at 3 pounds and 13 ounces. It was another beautiful day on the lake with a couple real enjoyable folks.
Lake Powell Fishing Reports
Lake Powell Striper Trolling
Striper Fishing on Lake Powell
Trolling for Stripers

striper on
topwater striper pulls hard
yearling fish taken while trolling
Lees Ferry Fly Fishing
Lees Freey
Nice Spawnner
Lees Ferry
2009 Client Reports
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