Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Hello everyone,
October fishing is good, flows from 6,500-9,500 cfs, low, wading water. Mainly nymph fishing, worms scuds, and especially midges. This is a great time to come to the ferry, if your looking to get in one last fishing trip before winter please consider lees ferry and Marble Canyon Outfitters.
If we can be of service please let us know.

Thank you,
Mick Lovett

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fly Fishing Etiquette

The list of things that can ruin a fly-fishing excursion is very short, but poor etiquette from a fellow angler is certainly on it. We understand that amateur anglers can make innocent mistakes, so our guides can help to make sure you follow the proper procedures on the Colorado River. In fact, fishing areas with an abundance of guides tend to run more smoothly and instill a more respectful atmosphere. There are a few things to think about before your trip.

First and foremost, anglers must respect the space of others, whether they happen to be fishing or not. Fishing spots are claimed on a first-come, first-served. If you come across a group of anglers in a desired area, you’ll need to either wait or move on. While it’s always a nice gesture to give up a productive fishing area after you’ve enjoyed it for some time, it’s never required.

If you find it necessary to approach or pass another group or individual, be sure to do it very carefully. Pay attention to the direction they’re casting in and leave plenty of space so as not to spoil the water they’re fishing in. Wade only when necessary, keeping in mind that fish can be rattled quite easily, even with shadows from above or far-away vibrations. Upstream travelers always have priority over downstream ones. However, an angler with a fish on his line is always considered to have the right of way.

Conversation on the river is a sensitive subject, and every angler is different. Don’t bother a stranger with small-talk unless it’s clearly wanted. At the same time, if you’re in doubt of a fellow anglers plans, you should always ask. Similarly, do everything you can to communicate your own plans with others, possibly even leaving notes where appropriate. Remember to offer advice to other anglers only if asked, and to always politely. Even if a someone is breaking etiquette, try to be nice about it.

As exciting as a fishing trip with your buddies might be, don’t act like you’re in the end-zone seats at a football game. If someone else can unwillingly hear you, you’re probably being too loud. Watch your choice of language in case of younger, impressionable anglers. Don’t litter and be careful with any source of fire. And if you see a sign that says “No Trespassing”, obey it. Common sense goes a long way, and good behavior shouldn’t keep you from having a good time

While respect to other anglers is important, respecting the fish you’re targeting is another key to proper etiquette. Pinch down barbs on hooks if they have them, and make sure your net and hands are good and wet before they encounter a fish. Once you’ve got the fish properly handled, be careful not to squeeze or poke it in sensitive areas. When throwing fish back into the river, photograph it as you wish and get it back in the water as quickly as you can. If a hook is stuck, cut the line and throw the fish back before it suffers too much.

Proper standards of etiquette allows all anglers to be on common ground, and to have a more enjoyable overall trip. Fishing Lee’s Ferry with Marble Canyon Outfitters will help you to stay within the unwritten rules and have a great trip at the same time.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Benefits of Using Fly-Fishing Guides

1. Know Where to Find Fish
For guides, fishing is a full time job that provides intimate knowledge of where to find the most amount of fish under different weather conditions and at different times of day. Even experienced anglers can benefit from a guides familiarity with a particular fishing location. You’ll catch more fish, which is the point of it all anyway, right?

2. Ensure Proper Technique
While the cast in fly-fishing is a true art, it requires a great amount of technique to be precise and effective. Guides can provide indispensable training on the fly to help you have a more productive day, and become a better angler in the process. Working with an expert provides comfort that you’re doing things the right way.

3. Improve Fly Selection
The presentation of the fly to a fish is meant to simulate the delicate approach of insects to the water. This makes the selection of a fly crucial, and dependent on a variety of shifting factors. Fly-fishing guides know which flies to use where, when, and for which fish.

4. Always Have The Best Equipment
Using fly fishing guides keeps you from having to stay current with the best fishing equipment and the expertise to operate it. Most important of all, the boat, which most anglers would have to rent anyway, is included. While there is a list of equipment that each angler must provide, you can focus more on items that serve your personal fishing needs.

5. Enjoy Your Trip!
All of these factors combined lead to less worry and planning time for your fly-fishing expedition. You’ll feel more free to enjoy the trip, and in the case of Lee’s Ferry, the beautiful Colorado river and its surrounding landscape.

For the best fly-fishing guides at Lee’s Ferry, contact Marble Canyon Outfitters to plan your trip today.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hello to all my fellow fishers,
This blog is to inform all of you that Lees Ferry is once again open to the public, the state of Utah has made a deal with the department of interior to keep 5 national parks and recreation areas open for up to 10 days, hopefully the federal government can solve the issue and after the 10 days we will remain open, but just incase that does not happen, those of you that would like to get in one last trip before the winter months, now is the time.
The fishing is fantastic at the ferry, with are lowest flows in months the fish are condensed and feeding like crazy. 6,000-10,000 cfs is perfect for food and perfect for wading. The river has been empty for two weeks which means no fishing pressure and this also has played an important role in the fantastic fishing.
If we can be of service please let us know.
Tight lines and always remember to keep your tip up.
Thanks again,
Mick Lovett
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lee's Ferry Fly Fishing for Beginners: Assembling the Tackle

Those looking to start fly-fishing are likely already experienced in spin fishing. Because of the differing techniques, aspiring anglers will need to put together a new tackle before practicing their cast. These are the parts that you’ll need to become familiar with.

Much like the baton of a symphony conductor, anglers see their rods as extensions of their bodies, an appendage used to direct a graceful work of art. They come in 2-piece, 3-piece, and 4-piece varieties depending on how portable the rod needs to be when unassembled. Longer fly rods provide better line control, but are difficult to maneuver in small spaces. Most beginners start with a medium weight.

Fly reels hold the line. The mechanisms involved with pulling in a catch are usually the most important factors when shopping for reels. Some are more sensitive than others are, and each reel has a different drag system to keep a potential catch from swimming away. You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll be reeling in with your left or right hand. There is more than one method of handling a reel, so ask a knowledgeable shopkeeper to show you different ways, and decide which one feels best.

Fly Line
This is what most differentiates fly-fishing from the more common spin fishing. Different fly lines are ideal depending on what type of fish you are targeting. Also, fly line needs to be properly paired with the rod. Unlike lines used in spin fishing, fly lines provide the weight needed to deliver the bait. Due to its goal of mimicking the landing of an insect to lure a fish, this delivery is referred to as the “presentation”. Fly lines should be cleaned between uses.

Fly Leader
The fly leader essentially extends the fly line, although with a special shape and material for a more delicate and convincing presentation.  It can be tied to the fly line by hand, and should also be chosen based on the specific type of fishing you will use it for.

All of these feet upon feet of rod and fly line end, after a good cast, with the presentation of the fly. The fly should be a replica of a native insect appealing to the type of fish. It’s attached to the tippet at the end of the fly leader.

For a truly awesome experience with some of the best fly-fishing you can imagine, take a guided tour with Marble Canyon Outfitters this season. For More Details, Visit Home at

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Forgotten History of Lee’s Ferry

Colorado River fishing at Lee's Ferry history
Fishing at Lee’s Ferry comes with the added benefit of breathtaking views of natural scenery. When traversing the Colorado River in search of Rainbow Trout, it’s easy to feel like you’re the first person who’s ever experienced the magnificence. Visitors are often surprised to learn of the rich and turbulent history surrounding Lee’s Ferry, a significant story of adventure and danger.

It’s a fitting coincidence that Lee’s Ferry was first witnessed by European explorers in the same year that the United States declared its independence, given the importance it would play in future westward expansion. While Native Americans had long appreciated the area for its access to the water, Spanish settlers noticed the advantage of Lee’s Ferry as an ideal point to cross the mighty Colorado River. As years passed, Mormons from Utah used Lee’s Ferry as gateway to Arizona, building a fort at the crossing point to protect themselves from invaders.

In 1870, John D. Lee, a Mormon fugitive wanted for murder by the federal government, was sent to the landmark that would bear his name to set up a ferry service for the migrating Mormons. Along with two wives and several children, Lee formed the Lonely Dell settlement and began launching boats down the river and through the treacherous “Lee’s Backbone”. It was a rough stretch of water that would be bypassed in later years.

On March 28, 1877, after being discovered by the United States government, John D. Lee was formally executed, leaving control of the ferry he started to a long list of future operators and entrepreneurs. One can imagine the caravans of eager, westward pioneers searching for gold arriving at the shores of the Colorado River on horseback. In 1929, the ferry was rendered obsolete for transportation purposes with the construction of the Navajo Bridge.

Today, as travelers cross the Colorado River high above, anglers can continue to experience Lee’s Ferry in the same way as those early American pioneers. Marble Canyon Outfitters can help make your trip back in time as enjoyable as possible.