Monday, November 25, 2013

Lee’s Ferry Fly Fishing Water Conditions

Lee’s Ferry is a great place for fly-fishing, and a unique spot on a world-famous, historic waterway. Anyone who has witnessed the Colorado River, with its intense rapids framed by enormous canyons, can attest to its dramatic appeal. Historically, Lee’s Ferry served as a convenient place to cross the hazardous Colorado. These days, it is a great place to enter the water for an unforgettable day of fishing.

While the Colorado River begins in the Rocky Mountains, Lee’s Ferry itself gets its water directly from Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. The activity of the Glen Canyon Dam, which created Lake Powell upon being built, is very important to the fishing conditions of Lee’s Ferry on any given day.

The dam, built about 50 years ago, provides electricity by hydropower, and is an object of much controversy for many in the Southwest because of the changes it has caused to the environment surrounding it. The measured supply of electricity to residents affects the flow of water allowed to pass through the dam, which in turn affects the conditions and depth of the fishing waters downstream. For example, water tends to flow more during the day, when more electricity is being used. Water flow also increases seasonally, as more power is used during the hottest and coldest months, and in some years more than others.

While the changes are generally gradual, water levels are known to rise by a foot or two throughout the day. These variations are in addition to natural influences on water flow, including snow run-off and rainfall.

Of course, these changing conditions affect the fly-fishing technique appropriate for that particular time. Low waters mean more wading, while higher waters might force anglers to fish from the boat, either anchored or adrift. Adjustments to technique are also important for differences in water depth and flow. Your fishing guide can be a huge help in this area. On-the-fly advice is critical when changes can occur from month to month, day to day, or even hour to hour.

At Lee’s Ferry, a mix of natural and man-made wonders lead to a gorgeous fly-fishing site where ever-changing conditions require additional strategy. To see what makes Lee’s Ferry such an attractive place for fly-fishing with the best guides on the Colorado, set up a trip with Marble Canyon Outfitters at Lee’s Ferry today.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November Fishing fallowing the HFE

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Fat 18" female

16" male turning red

19" female

Nice 16"

18" female

Hello everyone, 
The fishing at the ferry is good, weather is even better. 
There is plenty of feed for the fish following the HFE. I turned rocks everywhere I stopped Sunday and Monday, and found worms under every one. The moss on the shores that was still wet, had a few scuds, and the midges are hatching as they should be for the temperatures. 
We caught fish on patterns in all three categories. San Juan worm patterns in the rust, brown, and red in size 14. Scuds in grey, ginger, and pink in size 14 produced well. In the mornings before the water starts to rise, we caught most of our fish on black midge patterns, sizes 16-18.
The fish are in great health and as you can see from a couple pictures above they are starting to think about spawning, so egg patterns will get better from here on out. 
If anyone is looking for one last fishing trip before the the end of the year, I would recommend it.
If we can be of service please let us know.
"May all your lines be tight, and always remember to keep that tip up"
Mick Lovett

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What Should I Wear When I Go Fly Fishing?

As with most outdoor activities, being well prepared for a fly-fishing trip is key. There are certain circumstances to observe when getting ready to go out for the day, with articles of clothing to strap on for every fly-fishing need. While you may not always need everything mentioned, it's a nice overview of what's out there.

The Basics
Because fly-fishing requires you to be on the move, equipment is often out of reach. A quality fly-fishing vest or shirt can serve as a wearable tackle box, made of durable fabric, and with an abundance of pockets to store flies, hooks, and other supplies.  One important thing to keep in mind when choosing a vest or loading it up for the day is the way it distributes weight throughout your body. During a long day of fishing, a heavy vest puts more stress on your frame than you might think. Depending on the weather forecast, dress in layers so that you can add and remove clothing for your own comfort and safety.

Ready to Wade
Fly-fishing involves a great deal of time wading in water, so you’ll want to acquire a solid pair of wading boots. You’ll also want something to wear underneath them, as cold water temperatures can be uncomfortable, even through good boots. Just make sure that whatever you choose to wear is breathable. There are different types of wading apparel available, as each angler tends to settle on what they feel most comfortable (and dry) in.

If possible, see that whatever you wear will dry relatively quickly if it happens to get wet. Even if you don’t think you’re in danger of falling in, splashing water and condensation can still be a nuisance over time. Besides, even the most experienced anglers take the occasional tumble. Some choose to wear a special belt over waders to keep them from becoming waterlogged in emergencies.

Blending In
Why go through the trouble of strategizing and casting perfectly if you’re scaring the fish away to begin with? Avoid bright, unnatural colors and go with neutral shades that blend in well with your surroundings. White, gray, brown, or even light blue are all fine choices when it comes to the color of your clothing.

Block the Sun
A pair of polarized sunglasses might be the most important item, aside from your rod, that you can bring fishing. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from the Sun’s rays, they also eliminate glare and allow you to more easily spot fish. To protect the rest of your body from the hot Sun, you’ll want to wear a brimmed hat and apply sunblock to exposed parts of your body. Even if the weather is a little chilly, the Sun can shine just the same.

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