Bait

Lees Ferry Report
Guide Trips
July 5 & 6, 2013
 
2 excellent days at Lees Ferry. Don and Jamie McAdams fished on the 5th and ripped the trout on dry/ dropper. Kent and Travis did the same on the 6th. Both days we waded until lunch and then we drifted and casted cicada patterns for the rest of the day. The cicada bite is ok. Both days it was overcast after lunch and the dry fly bite was spotty but exciting nevertheless.

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Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
April 20-21, 2013
water temp 57-61
lake elevation 3597
 
Norm and his wife Theressa came to Powell from California to do some multi species fishing with me. Norm especially wanted to catch a walleye. Norm is a very experienced angler and brought his own gear. Day 1 saw excellent striper action with and without anchovies. A variety of grubs fished on a 1/4 oz head worked very well for stripers cruising  a shelf in 5-20 feet. I had Theresa on a chartreuse grub and she never changed it up because it just kept catching fish; stripers, smallies, and the first walleye in the boat from steep broken rock with shade. Later in the day, we ran into Navajo Canyon and found more stripers and a few crappie. Day 2 we fished for stripers again without anchovies and did well. I even got into the act with the fly rod before running up lake a bit to Gunsight Canyon. Gunsight fished well with smallies, largemouth and a couple more walleye. We finished the day with Theressa catching a couple more walleye on her trusty chartreuse grub and Norm finally had his on a bottom bouncer/ crawler harness rig.  
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
April 6th, 2013
water temp 57-60
lake elevation 3598
 
The stripers are hungry!! The Lafferty family from Lakeside, AZ fished with me for a second time. With fresh reports of stripers taking anchovies along the main channel walls we headed out with high hopes of big numbers. I’m happy to say we were not disappointed. Within minutes of dropping the first chunk of anchovy on a 1/4 oz jig head, it was on and it was still going when we got off the water at 4PM. Many fish were 4 pounds and all were good fighters. At one point, we were fishing over a 20 deep shelf and we could see dozens of stripers silhouetted against the bottom. Many of these fish took the bait up shallow by the edge of the rock face. What a day, 130+ fish and smiling faces all around.
Lees Ferry Report
Guide Trip
March 23, 24 and 30th, 2013
 
2 groups of fly anglers on separate weekends with similar success. Dry and dropper rigs are working well on shallow flats and drop-off areas. Eggs and midge larvae are taking rainbows around spawning beds. The trusty double nymph rig is producing well in deeper runs with scuds and Zebra midges. Swinging wooly buggers on a sink tip line has been consistent in certain situations as well. The flows are excellent for wading giving us access to many spots unavailable with higher flows. This is going to be a great spring at the Ferry
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
March 9th, 2013
water temp 50-54
lake elevation 3600
 
Nice stable weather prior to today’s guide trip on Lake Powell with Evan, TJ and Bob from UT. We fished for smallmouth for the first half of the day. Smoke color Yamamoto Hula grubs and chartreuse single tails were the best choice. Several smallies and 2 walleyes and 1 striper came to hand on the plastics. We trolled the back of Navajo at lunch time with limited success but we did have a few stripers take deep divers while trolling. We went back to bass fishing to end the day with decent luck again on Hula Grubs and single tails around broken rock.
Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
March 9th, 2013
water temp 47-51
lake elevation 3600
 
After a late winter snow storm on Friday, March 8 PM – March 9th AM, I had my first guide trip on Lake Powell for 2013 on Sunday, March 9th. Kacey, Scott, Ryan and Jed from Roosevelt, UT fished with me for stripers in Navajo Canyon. The storm had cooled off the water a bit since the week before and fishing is generally tough immediately after a cold front and storm. We were able to scratch out a decent day trolling, spooning and fishing a short time with anchovies. The guys caught fish on several crank baits, minnow shaped and shad shaped alike. We spooned a few and sought a few on frozen anchovies in 35 feet. Trolling was the most productive overall. One of the best baits of the day was a giant 6″ Storm minnow diver. Great guys and a beautiful weather. I hope to get up and fish for giant lake trout with them on Flaming Gorge sometime this year.
Lake Powell Report
Personal Trip
March 3rd, 2013
water temp 48-52
lake elevation 3601
 
Saturday I launched about 11 for a good spring break in cruise for the boat. Caught 1 nice LM across from Whaweap marina at the end of the day.
Sunday I ran back into Navajo Canyon. I saw 1 other boat that was having good success trolling anchovies with lead core. I tried a 40 foot shelf across from them. There were plenty of fish but I didn’t hook any pulling plugs. I left that area in favor of the dirtier water in the back of the canyon. After a few passes, I began to pick them up on Norman DD22’s, deep thunder sticks. wally divers, and Risto Raps. The DD22 was the most consistent. The biggest fish went 4.75, average was 3.5-4. The warmest water was 52.5, spring is breaking out! Wahweap was 48 degrees at 10:30
Lees Ferry Report
Guide Trip
February 23, 2013
 
Joe and Randy from Colorado fished with me today on the river by Lees Ferry. Both are accomplished anglers and had a good first outing at Lees Ferry. We fished 3 spots over 8 hours and had varying degrees of success. The trusty black/ silver Zebra midge was the best fly for the day. Randy caught a very nice 19 incher on an orange egg pattern to cap off the day.
Lees Ferry Report
Personal Trip
October 14, 2012
 
Another stellar day at the Ferry. The constant 8000 CFS is still in effect and thousands of fish are up shallow on every bar. I used a double nymph/ indicator set up on the first spot of the day and did very well but didn’t have but 2 fish in the 14 inch range. I probably landed  over 15 fish here. I motored upriver 3 more miles and pulled in just as Natalie Jensen from Lees Ferry Anglers was pulling out. I’ve been guiding for LFA  for over 15 years now. So I knew that these fish had been hammered on all day. The fish were still on the bite big time! I fished for a short time with the nymph rig but I was still seeking bigger fish. I rigged up a 6 weight with a 15 foot sink tip and a gray bugger. Switching to a bugger often leads to bigger fish. So true again. I started at the very top of the riffle at the point and was immediately sticking fish in the 14-15 inch range. I proceeded to cast across and swing the bugger across the current while twitching the line, stepping down stream about 6 feet every 3 casts. I didn’t keep track of how many fish I landed but it was more than the first spot. Many times I had consecutive hookups on 5 or more casts! The biggest fish of the day went 18 inches and many were 16-17. The dam will get back to fluctuating flows November 1st.
Lees Ferry Report
Personal Trip
Labor Day, 2012
 
Lees Ferry was on fire today! I didn’t even fish above 3.5 miles above the dock. Steady 8000 CFS and wading all over 3 mile was great with dry/ tungsten beaded dropper on the Sage 4 weight. Spin fished on the drift from 3.5 mile to 2.5 west bank with 3″ salt-free Yamamoto green pumpkin grub on a 1/8 jig head. The rainbows chomped it just like they  a week ago when we were filming with Jarrett Edwards and Roland Martin. Quality fish were eating the grub too. I landed at least 10 fish 14-16 inches in that 1 mile of drift. The light was just right and I saw most of the fish eat the grub. I parked the boat at 2.5 mile and saw a ton of fish in a foot or less and they were rising to midges. Time for the Sage 1 weight SPL . After trying several midge dries, I found they would take a Griffth’s Gnat on 7X. All of these fish were 10″ or smaller. I could see bigger fish but they were too wise for the gnat. I then switched to the trusty dry/ dropper rig and that was the ticket. I tried several of my custom versions of Zebra Midges in size 18. Fish were eating the dropper on nearly every drift. All of these fish were on the 1 weight and were great fighters. Most were 10-13 inches but I wanted some bigger fish. I rigged up a 6 weight Sage rod with a 5 foot sink tip and a black bugger. I stuck a chubby 15 incher on the first swing and proceeded to get bit at least every 3 casts. I worked the bar from top to bottom and landed at least 15 fish on the bugger. Most were bigger than the 1 weight fish. 3 were 15-16 inches. I switched back to the 4 weight, this time with a tungsten beaded brown San Juan Worm as the dropper. The bigger fish really liked the worm and I finished the day with several fish 14-16 inches. The last fish of the day was the prettiest by far. I saw him holding in a small depression just below a rock in the lower part of the flat. I could see the red side and gill plates and he was obviously bigger than the 2 other fish holding in the same depression. After about 10 casts and landing one of the other neighboring fish, I saw him turn and the dry fly took a dive indicating he had the worm. After a few minutes of good battle, I slid him up up on a flat boulder just under water and took his portrait. I can’t tell if he was smiling, but I sure was.
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