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Spring is not only in the air \u2013 it has arrived!<\/p>\n

Sunlight began to enter the canyon and areas of the river that were dark for the past few months.\u00a0 They are now bathed in sunlight.\u00a0 Many of the fish are deep into the spawn.\u00a0 This looks like one of those years where the fish are spawning in deep water and not using the shallows. There are advantages and disadvantages to a deep spawn \u2026 the good news is that the survival rate of the eggs and fry is very good.\u00a0 In shallow water the redds (trout nests) are often dewatered due to fluctuating flows. One of the downsides to a deep spawn from an angling standpoint, it makes it difficult to get down to the fish with a fly.<\/p>\n

Recent spin fishing has been the really great! It is easy to get down to the deeper fish using spinning gear with a fly. If you know where the fish are concentrated, spin fishing is as good or better as anytime the last few seasons.<\/p>\n

The fish are looking very healthy and their condition is outstanding. In addition, the overall average size of the trout is larger than we have seen in a couple of years. Trout numbers have also increased compared to the past two years and we are looking forward to a great season at the Ferry.<\/p>\n

Most all of the fish are either spawning or holding in the deeper water. Change may on the horizon; in the next couple of weeks our prolific midge hatches will begin and the fish will start feeding on the midge pupae.\u00a0 Perhaps this will make the fish move into the shallow riffles.<\/p>\n

Our best success has been drifting from the boat and using a 12- to 14-foot leader with a strike indicator near the fly line.\u00a0 Couple that with a BB spilt shot (or larger) 18-inches above a size #14 ginger scud with a size #18 bead-head zebra midge underneath. Also, streamers like a bead-head olive woolly bugger have been working well. Our favorite line for streamer fishing is a Teeny 200; a dream to cast and gets the fly where it needs to be.<\/p>\n

Current snowpack is 157% of normal!\u00a0 If there is no radical change in the next couple months, this means Lake Powell will rise significantly this summer.\u00a0 It is early, but estimates call for the lake level to raise 40 t0 50-feet above the current mark. This also means that we may see higher releases from the dam later this 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 in the same spot this year. Fishing is changing daily. It is our goal and 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. They change on a daily basis and every day the 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, even where to fish.<\/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

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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Some good reports from the walk-in area, while other reports are that the fishing is slow. There has not been any real consistency to the fishing. Perhaps, as the weather warms and the midge hatches increase, we will see more fish move into the shallow water to feed on the pupae.<\/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. If you know where the fish are concentrated, you will have great fishing!<\/p>\n","waterTemp":48.2,"flowRate":"14300"}