Lees Ferry Anglers

Our Guides

We pride ourselves in being great teachers, and patient companions and love to share our knowledge of fishing the emerald waters of the Colorado.

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Skip Dixon

The youngest of five siblings, Skip Dixon has been fishing since he could walk and talk. Born and raised in Manassas, Va., with what he calls a “water-oriented family,” Skip joined the Marine Corps where he served in security forces.

Skip has been guiding at Lees Ferry since 1999, also and avid saltwater and accomplished bass angler.

Besides fishing, Skip has a worked for several years in the fishing retail business. He spent the summer of 2003 guiding in Alaska as a fly-out guide specializing in sight casting for trout. He has been featured in several magazines and is acknowledged for developing the “tease and switch” technique for fly fishing Lake Powell striped bass.

Skip loves to teach people the finer art of fly fishing. He feels that watching people develop their skills is the most rewarding aspect of his job. Skip has appeared on Fly Fish TV, filmed at Less Ferry with Terry and Wendy Gunn. Skip has also now been selected to represent Simms as a guide ambassador, hand-picked as one of the top guides in his field.

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Natalie Jensen

Natalie’s passion for fishing was born while spending summers with her grandparents in the mountains of northeastern Utah. Her dream to become a guide began when she got a job at the fly shop here at Lees Ferry in 1995.

Inspired by co-owner Wendy Gunn, Natalie jumped into a pair of waders and picked up the fly rod. Her journey to guiding began as she continued to work in the fly fishing industry with the Gunns and their dedicated guides. She was later hired on as a guide here at Lees Ferry in 2006.

Natalie has a pure love for the nature of it all; tying, casting, gear, the flies, the water, the sun, and the fish, of course. She has a strong desire for helping guests and fishers with the art of fly fishing at Lees Ferry.

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Kevin Campbell

Born and raised in Tucson, Ariz., Kevin grew up with a love for the outdoors, gems and minerals, nature and fishing. He continued his passion for fishing by joining a local bass club and later the Tucson chapter of Trout Unlimited. Through trips with his mentors, he fished many western trout waters including Lees Ferry. Kevin has spent over 2 decades guiding at Lees Ferry and started countless novices on the path to a lifelong pursuit of fly fishing.

He looks at fly fishing as an art form and truly enjoys sharing his art with his clients. Kevin loves the artistry of the cast and presentation, and has fished in many western states while chasing trout with the fly rod as well as many saltwater fly fishing destinations around North America.

An accomplished photographer, Kevin spends much of his free time chasing the light, Nikon in hand. For Kevin, Lees Ferry is a unique and remarkably beautiful place to not only fish but to experience. He has filmed 3 episodes of Jarrett Edwards Outdoors at Lees Ferry airing on World Fishing Network and Sportsman Channel. Kevin has 2 beautiful daughters born and raised in our beautiful northern AZ. Kevin enjoys lasting relationships with clients as they chase beautiful rainbow trout in Glen Canyon.

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Call to Reserve: (928) 355-2261

Shane Spravzoff

Born in Idaho Falls and reared in Bozeman, Shane Spravzoff learned to fish with his father and grandfather. He learned his lessons well and comes to us with an angling history that includes chasing giant bluefin tuna off the coast of Nova Scotia and blue marlin off Venezuela. He took 8th place out of 255 teams in the Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica; and First Place in a recent San Carlos Dorado Derby.

From Bozeman, his dad’s job subsequently took him to Flagstaff and it was from there that he caught the Lees Ferry trout passion about 30 years ago. As Shane grew older – and hopefully wiser – a day on the river changed him from just trying to catch as many fish as possible, to enjoying the day and trying to soak in the beauty of the canyon and river. He learned to take more time to pause and enjoy the time spent with family friends. He makes every effort to impart those emotions to his guests.

Shane continues to live in Flagstaff where he serves his community as a fireman … his schedule allows him to guide on the river a few days a week plus vacation time. It’s a perfect melding of community service and leisure time recreation.

Shane summed up his emotional attachment to the Colorado River by concluding, “I love to teach beginners to fly fish and I enjoy sharing my love for the sport. I intend to be an ambassador of our sport and a great steward of the waters at Lees Ferry.”

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Lees Ferry Anglers

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a guided trip?
You will be on the river for approximately 8½ hours. We only do full-day expeditions.
Is this wading or from a boat?
Both. Your guide will take you upriver on their boat. Depending on the flow rate and fishing conditions, you may be doing either, or a combination of the two. If you have a physical condition that prevents you from wading or prefer to fish out of the boat we can do that.
What type of boats?
All of our guides have 20-foot Koflers with an inboard 8 cylinder motor and a jet pump. These boats are all covered and very comfortable. Your guide is also a licensed Coast Guard Captain.
What type of fishing?
Primarily nymphing, but we also frequently use a dry and a dropper. You may be fishing from the boat, or wading from the shore, which will be determined by current fishing conditions and water levels.
What type of fish and what size?
Rainbow Trout. The average size of these trout is determined by fishing conditions, or the time of year. Expect fish anywhere from 12 to 17-inches. These fish are all healthy and strong.
How do I make a reservation?
Easy. Call us at (928) 355-2211 to inquire about our availability. We are friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.
Do I have the guide all to myself?
Yes. Even if you come by yourself.
What do I need to bring?
We recommend bringing a few items, listed here.
Do you provide rods?
If you do not own your own flyrod, no worries. Our guides all have extra rods that you may use for your guided trip.
Do I need to bring lunch?
Lunch is included in the guide package. You are however more than welcome to bring any snacks. The guide will have plenty of room on the boat. If you have any special dietary needs please let the shop know at least 24 hours before your trip. You are responsible to bring any beverages. You can bring your own cooler or the guide will have plenty of room in his cooler.
Can I spin fish?
Yes. Just let us know. Spin fishing is very productive on the river. However, we encourage you to keep in mind that this would be an excellent opportunity to learn how to fly fish if you have never done so in the past and you have the desire.
Any big fish?
Definitely. Once you are upriver and you stare into the crystal clear water of our fishery, you will most likely see some rainbow trout that you could spend your entire day chasing and trying to catch. On some days, you might be lucky.
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What people are saying

Reviews

Had a great time fishing with Tyson and Scott right after the reopening in May. Caught lots of nice rainbows and enjoyed great food at the restaurant. Will be back next year if I get a chance.
– indianajohn | Trip Advisor

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