Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lake Powell Report
Guide Trip
Oct. 21st, 2012
JD his Dad John, friend Dave and JD’s 10 year old son Seth came out with me today on the Big Pond. Once again, the stripers were the target and they were in the mood to eat when we found just the right spot to drop spoons to them. John had the first fish of the day, a small walleye. Then Seth hooked up to something that almost took him overboard, at least that what he’ll tell you. Seth’s striper tipped the scales at 4.25 pounds and was a great fighter. Jd and Dave and John got into the act and they had multiple double and triple hook ups. We ended the day bass fishing around the Cottonwood cove area and had some topwater action. 2 big stripers took topwaters but both came unbuttoned. Back at the cleaning station, we filleted a cooler full of fish and relived the great day.
Lees Ferry Report
Personal Trip
October 20, 2012
My good buddy Doug Buck from my hometown of Tucson brought his wife, son and father-in-law up to enjoy the day at the Ferry with me. I have known Doug for 20 years and is one of my fly tying inspirations. We were both members of the Tucson Fly Fishing Club and the Tucson chapter of Trout Unlimited. Doug guided at the San Juan River in NW New Mexico for many years and has many excellent tiny patterns required there. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him and it was great to catch up and fish together. Doug spent the day helping his 8 year old son Dominick while fished alongside his Father-in -law, Charlie. At 4 mile bar, Dominick and Doug fished shallow while Charlie and I were positioned knee deep. Everyone had a great time fishing short double nymph rigs or dry/ dropper. I rigged up my trusty one weight Sage with the dry/ dropper and let Charley go to town on the riffle fish. I wasn’t sure I was getting it back he loved it so much. Charlie and I had a great time trading the 5 and one weights back and forth several times. Dom and Doug were taking many fish shallow on midge patterns and having a ball. After landing countless fish on nymphing rigs, Charley took a Wooly Bugger on a 5 foot sink tip and began to fish cross-current. Soon, he had 2 fish in the 18″ range hooked but neither was brought to hand. Smaller fish to 14 inches did come in to be admired. Just before lunch, we moved upriver to a small spot to see if there were any fish on this little flat that is often good to sight fish with shallow rigs. The flat wasn’t loaded with rainbows, but there were enough to make it worthwhile. Dom and Charlie had a double header. After a short time there, we left to see Glen Canyon Dam and fish one more spot. It was great to have Doug and his family visit me at the Ferry.
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.
Lake Powell Report
Personal Trip
October 5-7, 2012
My sister and BIL are in town for my 2 daughter’s birthday party and naturally I took them fishing on the lake to experience the spoon bite. We had a great time taking stripers in Warm Creek and Gunsight Bays.

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