{"upriver":"5","walkin":"2","spin":"6","updateDate":"Tuesday, July 29, 2014","upcrowdday":"1","upcrowdend":"3","walkcrowdday":"1","walkcrowdend":"2","upriversum":"

Fall weather has finally arrived at Lees Ferry. This is the time of year that we experience the best weather of the year with cool mornings and warm afternoons. The sun has started to lay over to the south which is really evident with the decreasing sunlight in the deep canyon of Glen Canyon; the shade is starting to really alter the amount of sunlight that enters the canyon with certain stretches of river being in the shade most of the day. It is often the sunlight that triggers our fish to feed so knowing when and where to be on the river is critically important to a successful fishing day.<\/p>\n

September started off with a bang with most of the guides describing the fishing as \u201coff the charts\u201d. This almost always happens in early September which is a result of the high water of summer and the fish being in a feeding mood. When the water drops Sept 1st<\/sup>, the fish are still in close to shore and in a feeding mood. The fishing has slowed as the month has progressed with some days being better than others. Usually the fishing will improve from now into October. One thing to know: Usually the fishing is better on the weekends due to the lower water but this has not been the case of late, we have actually had better fishing on the weekdays in the higher water.<\/p>\n

El Nino came through in the end and provided the Lake Powell drainage with a good snowpack. The lake rose over 30 feet. Lake elevation is higher than it has been since 2012. The high inflow will also stir up nutrients that will show up in the river next winter and spring.<\/p>\n

Just because you caught fish in a certain spot in years past, don\u2019t think that you are going to experience the same success again. The river is a living creature and fishing changes daily. It is our sincere desire that everyone have a great trip to the Ferry. Be sure to stop by the shop to see the flies that are currently working. The flies frequently change on a daily basis \u2013 sometimes it seems like hourly \u2013 and LFA guides let everyone at the shop know the top producing flies and how to use them. We are anxious to share this knowledge with you \u2013 even where to fish!<\/p>\n

There is an ongoing aquatic food base study that has taken place over the past couple of years. The purpose of this study is multifaceted and is studying the relationship of flows on food production, taking inventories of and monitoring populations of aquatic insects and invertebrates that live in the river and other very important aspects of the aquatic food base. I believe that this is by far the most important study that has ever been conducted on this river. Previously, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent studying sediment while ignoring the aquatic food base and resource. Common sense dictates that fish, birds and animals do not live off dirt or sand. The aquatic food base and habitat are the foundation for all that lives in the Colorado River. One of the long-term goals of the food base study is to determine how to enhance the populations and production of aquatic insects in the river which will benefit native fish, trout, and migratory bird populations. This is a study and a goal that we can all embrace!<\/p>\n

Quagga mussels (see http:\/\/nas.er.usgs.gov\/queries\/factsheet.aspx?speciesid=95<\/a> ) have become established in Lake Powell and we are now seeing some in the river below the dam. Their arrival happened sooner than I expected. So far, there has not been a major infestation and there is some thought by experts that they will not become very well established in the river due to the current. Remember to dry waders and boots before using them in any other body of water. Also, private boats should drain all water from the boat and live-wells as soon as you exit the river. We all need to do our part to limit the transport of this and all invasive species.<\/p>\n","walkinsum":"

The fish have been holding deep in this area for the last couple of years and it appears that they are still deeper than normal which makes it tough to get out far enough to reach them. Hopefully, the fish will begin to move into the shallower water soon.<\/p>\n","spinsum":"

Spin fishing continues to be productive. Many of the fish are in the deeper water and it is much easier to get down to them with spinning gear than fly gear.<\/p>\n","waterTemp":57.2,"flowRate":"12700"}