Lees Ferry Anglers

River Report

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July 20, 2024

Fishing Report

Upriver Report

Walk-in Report

Spin Report

1 = Go Elsewhere
10 = Get Here Now!

July 20, 2024

Crowd Report

Upriver Crowd
2 Weekday
3 Weekend

Walk-In Crowd
1 Weekday
2 Weekend

1 = Sleep Late & Fish Wherever
10 = Very Crowded, Get Up Early

Up-River Summary

Lees Ferry Fishing Report – July 2024

Report by Kevin Campbell, guiding on Lees Ferry since 1997.

July flows have been 8,690 to 15,170 CFS every day. The river temperature has been 54-56 degrees.

Upriver Fly fishing report

Fishing has been good. Usually, we would be fishing cicada dry flies but the hatch was early and weak this year. For the most part, it’s over. We are still having good luck catching trout on a heavy dropper midge below a big dry while fishing along the banks from the boat. The midge hatches are still coming off and the fish look good. Wading is working with midge patterns from sizes 14-20. Dry/ dropper or double midges under a small indicator. San Juan, scuds, and even wooly buggers used as an attractor in combination with a midge is a good rig too. As always swinging a bugger or similar streamer on a sink-tip is in play in the tailouts of riffles or from the anchored boat.

Nymphing from the boat is still working well both in the mid-depths, 3-6 feet, and deeper 7-10 feet. Midges, worms, and buggers are the ticket here.

Walk-In Summary

Walk-in Report

Anglers are reporting slow fishing. Midges, red San Juan worms, and olive buggers seem to be the best.

Spin anglers use the typical spinners, Kastmasters and smaller rapalas and jigs in the slower, deeper runs.

Spin Fishing Summary

Upriver Spin Fishing

Maribou jigs, Kastmasters, spinners, and Rapala-type minnows are the old reliable. Bottom bouncing with glo bugs or beads is still working in deeper water. Target deeper water with jigs, KM’s, and flats and rocky banks with Rapalas and spinners. Bottom bouncing with glo bugs or beads is still working as well. We are still encouraging anglers to refrain from targeting the spawning fish as there are relatively few rainbows currently on nests. Let’s give them a chance to replenish the population without being stressed from being caught.

Dam Operations

Last Updated: June 2024

Starting July 14th, flows will be as follows, every day Subject to change:

10 PM – 9 AM: 8,690 CFS
10 AM: 11,170 CFS
11 AM – 7 PM: 15,170 CFS
8 PM: 13,690 CFS
9 PM: 11,190 CFS

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Stayed there in 2014 for 2 days of fly fishing on the Colorado River. Fishing was excellent! Our guide, Dale, was awesome and took good care of us. The staff at the lodge, shop and restaurant were outstanding. Looking forward to going there again.
– Big RTrout | Google Reviews

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