Summer weather and the corresponding higher water flows have arrived right on schedule. It took a few days \u2013 really maybe 72 hours \u2013 for fish to settle into their high water mode, but once they did it was business as usual.<\/p>\n

How\u2019s \u201cbusiness?\u201d Glad you asked! Fishing has been really great. The fish population is larger than any time in the last couple of decades; fish condition is optimal and the overall average size of the fish is larger than in the past few years. This past spring, we caught more fish over 20-inches than in many years with guides reporting fish of this size most days. I see nothing on the horizon that will change any of this so we expect fishing to be good through the summer and into the fall. I want to apologize to everyone who tried to book a guide for this spring and could not get one; demand far exceed our guide capacity and we were essentially booked for the entire spring season before it even began. I\u2019ve already began staffing up for next year and hopefully we\u2019ll be able to accommodate everyone. However, it\u2019s not too early to be planning your trip for next season. Book now and you\u2019ll be guaranteed the days that you want.<\/p>\n

The higher flows that began June 1 are moving more food around. Midges are still working well, but as the weather warms and the flows increase it will be more and more about the scuds, worms, big dry flies and streamers.<\/p>\n

In July, the water flows will increase again and this is the time of year that the fish really begin feeding. This is a result of the higher velocity water moving the larger food items (scuds and worms) around. The flows are not really conducive to wading, so most of our fishing will be from the boat, drifting cicada patterns or heavy nymph rigs with scuds and worms.<\/p>\n

We have been mixing wading, drifting midge rigs from the boat, and throwing streamers with a 20-ft sink tip lineChef-timo@cox.net \u2013 a great way to get to the feeding fish in the deeper water. This is also a terrific way to cover lots of water and show a fly to fish that normally get very little fishing pressure. The trick is to know where the fish are and then set up your drift so that the boat floats through the area containing the most fish. You always want to cast away from the boat towards either shore. The trick is to get a perfect dead drift, the same as when you are wading. The best way to do this is to fish slack line on the water. You will need a long leader and the right amount of split shot; and, as a general rule, if you cannot see the bottom, you are fishing water that is too deep.<\/p>\n

More good news is that the snowpack in the Rockies and drainage for Lake Powell is way above normal. This bodes well for the water supply and level in the lake. Current inflows are far exceeding outflows and the lake has been rising about a foot a day. So far, it has gained more than 20-feet and projections are calling for the lake to rise another 30 feet! The current outlook for a strong El Nino event for next year is at 70%. The past two strong El Nino years were in 1983 and 1997, both of which brought Rocky Mountain snowpack levels to more than 1,000% of normal. Perhaps this next year might be the epic event that we need to break the ongoing drought that has been plaguing the Western U.S. since 1998.<\/p>\n

Be sure to stop by the shop to see the flies that are currently working. The flies 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.<\/p>\n","walkinsum":"

Fishing in the walk-in area has really been good this past week. As the temps increased, better fishing has followed. On June 1, the flows increased to 14,000 cfs (to accommodate all those air conditioners) and this has made for some good action. Interestingly, there have not been that many anglers fishing in the walk-in section. Last week I fished during the week days and didn\u2019t see another angler.<\/p>\n

The upper boulder field has really improved. Good numbers of fish including some larger fish are coming to hand. San Juan worms with a midge in the morning and a double midge rig in the afternoon have really been the ticket here. During the high water flow, streamers have also been working well. The deep nymph rig is the style of choice right now.<\/p>\n

The area by the big rock has been doing very well using a double midge rig or streamers. On weekends, this area gets crowded, but you can still catch fish if you are careful of the other anglers. This area is best fished closest to the shore, working your way out as the day goes along. You do not have to wade very deep; if you are deeper than your knees, then you are standing in fish!<\/p>\n

The confluence of the Paria has been just stacked with fish all spring. It appears that some of these fish have now moved up into the area just above the confluence and into the boulder field. There are still good numbers of fish here, but not as many as two weeks ago. San Juan worms with glo-bugs in the early morning are working well. As the morning progresses, changing to a double midge rig will keep you in fish all day. In the evening, you may get some dry dropper action here if you time it right.<\/p>\n

A wading staff is good to have here at the Ferry as the rocks are now slippery with moss. Also, use caution when wading near the Paria confluence. As the water rises, always be aware of where you are as it can be dangerous to let the water get above your knees.<\/p>\n

All-in-all, the Ferry is a great place to be right now. Fishing pressure is low and the temps are not too hot, so come on up and spend a day or two with us.<\/p>\n

The rating for the walk-in for this week is a 6.5 to 7.<\/p>\n","spinsum":"

Spin-fishing has improved greatly with the higher flows. The afternoon is the best time to spin-fish as the water is highest then. Gold Kastmasters and Panther Martins are the lure and color of choice. Spinners can be use throughout the walk-in and also in the Paria Beach area. These areas get crowded on weekends, so a week day trip is suggested.<\/p>\n

The rating for spin-fishing the walk-in area is 5.5 for this week. To help understand why midges are so important to our fishing success it\u2019s good to know more about the lifecycle of midges and their importance to the trout diet. The adult midges contribute very little to the trout diet. It is rare that you will see an adult trout rise to feed on an adult midge; the reason is that the amount of energy expended is not worth the food intake. The adult midges breed then release their eggs into the water (I\u2019ve always wondered \u2026 just how big is a midge egg anyway?) The eggs sink and hatch into a tiny caterpillar (larvae) that lives on the bottom of the river for an extended period of time. At some point, the larva pupates and forms a chrysalis. The midge pupae will release in mass, and countless pupae will begin slowly drifting to the surface. This in turn flips the feeding switch for the trout and the fish will move into the shallow riffles where the pupae are concentrated by the shallow water. This is when the trout are feeding so heavily that they get careless and will eat your fly if it closely resemblance the midge pupae that they are feeding on.<\/p>\n

The bigger the hatch the better the fishing; this is why the best fishing always occurs during big hatches and why the midge hatches are so important to the trout diet. The biggest midge hatches always occur in the lower water flows. During the lower flows, trout are not eating worms or scuds \u2013 these food items are not available; the only time that worms and scuds are available is during the high water flows when the higher velocity water moves the scuds and worms around. If there are no midge hatches in the lower flows, the fish will not feed and fishing will be slow.<\/p>\n","waterTemp":55.4,"flowRate":"17000"}