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Lees Ferry Fishing Report

 

Spring Has Arrived; Fish Are Waiting

After more than two decades we decided it was time to upgrade our Web site, leesferry.com. Our new site is live and I invite you visit us.

You will find this new site to be loaded with information about our river and fishing. The site will continue to grow and change so check back often.

The weather in late March has been clear and warm (‘70s). Spring has arrived at Lees Ferry and the trees are budding out and the birds are migrating.

A spring cold front is expected, which will bring moisture and cooler temperatures for a few days. However, the fishing has been so good that the fish have even been happy in crummy weather!

Fly Fishing Up-River

New water flows began well over a month ago, and the river is running 7,000cfs to 13,000cfs; the water is slowly and steadily rising throughout the day and not dropping until late in the evening.

This flow is very different from the flows in February, which were rising and then dropping at noon and then rising again after 5 p.m. The current flows are better for fishing as fish are much happier with rising water than falling water.

These new flows have really opened up the river, creating an abundance of wading opportunities. To help put the current flow levels into perspective; our current high flow is approximately four vertical feet lower than the flows that we saw last year — the river is finally back to normal. It is really good to be back in the river, wading and sight casting.

A Recent Fish Rating

Upriver: 7.5 to 8.0

Walk-In: 5 to 8.0

Spin-Fishing: 7

(Key: 1 = Go fish somewhere else 10 = Rent a helicopter and get here now!)

A Recent Crowd Rating

Upriver: 1 No Crowds during the week & 3.5 on the weekends

Walk In: 1 Nobody here during the week & 3 to 4 on the weekends

(Key 1 = Sleep late and fish where you want. 10 = Very crowded, get up early

 

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