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Our biggest news of the of the fall is that there is not going to be a fall HFE (flood) due to the discovery of a small population of green ear sunfish in a backwater located 2 miles below Glen Canyon Dam. These fish could be harmful to native fish so they have been eradicated. There was a concern that the HFE would carry these fish and spread them to other areas of the river. We are very happy that they are not conducting a HFE this fall…we feel that this is not a natural time of year for a flood and hope to see them ended in the near future.<\/p>\n

Our fishing has been OK, but as normally occurs every fall, we have had few hatches to really get the fish feeding and moving into the shallows. The majority of our fish and especially the larger fish have been hanging in deep water. We have had to adjust our techniques to get down to the fish by fishing more from the boat than wading. We have been drifting with long leaders and two nymphs and also throwing streamers with sink tips. The most productive fly for the fall has been a scud pattern in a ginger color.\u00a0 It is unusual that a scud works this time of year and I believe that this is due to fact that our scud population appears to be increasing which is really good news for the fish and fisherman.<\/p>\n

Water flows are increasing in December which is always good for the fish. These higher flows move the food around and the fish really begin to put on weight. With the increase in the scuds, the fish should be looking great just in time to for the arrival of lower water flows and spring hatches to begin this next Feb.<\/p>\n

There has been 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 have been spent studying sediment while ignoring the aquatic food base and resource. Common sense dictates that fish, birds and animals do not live off of 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

There is currently an El Nino occurring and there is a 90% chance that it carries over through next spring. Strong El Ninos almost always bring big snow packs to the Rockies which could help to fill both Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Current snowpack in the Lake Powell drainage in 100% of normal and we desperately need more snow this winter-spring to bring the lake up.<\/p>\n

Quagga mussels have become established in Lake Powell and we are now seeing some in the river below the dam. Their arrival in the river 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. Be aware and remember to dry waders and boots before using them in any other body of water. Also, all 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

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With the high water flows arriving on December 1, this area will be difficult to fish with the exception of lower water days like weekends and holidays, when the water will be lower.<\/p>\n

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Spin fishing continues to improve. We\u2019re hearing that the fish are very selective, much more so than normal. So be thinking lighter lines and fluorocarbon leaders to attach your lure.<\/p>\n","waterTemp":46.4,"flowRate":"12000"}