Fishing Report

Lees Ferry

What you need to know

At a glance

Lee’s Ferry is often considered the crown jewel of Arizona fly fishing. Along with the San Juan River in New Mexico and the Green River in Utah it makes up the South West’s big three tail waters. The Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry is most definitely a world class flyfishing travel destination.

Fly fishing at Lee’s Ferry may occasionally be a challenge but fly selection is not. The wild trout at Lee’s Ferry thrive primarily on a midges, scuds, and aquatic worms with the occasional large fish keying in on small bait fish. As such, fishing zebra midges, scud patterns and San Juan worms under an indicator is a highly effective way to hook up Rainbow trout. However, don’t be afraid to swing streamers big and small in order to flush out larger piscivorous quarry. Dry fly fishing is sporadic but when things come together it can be unreal (Think big Cicadas in July and August). The dries that work will often be smaller midges during a hatch or larger foam and rubber offering that trigger that greedy fish into a reaction bite.

Tip: Strip streamers along the undercut banks or bushy attractors thrown in the white water. Beetles have been a good choice. 

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  • Zebra Midges
  • Scud Patterns
  • San Juan Worms
  • Streamers
  • Indicators
Water Data
  • Temp: 59 – 61 degrees
  • Streamflow: Below Average (±10,000cfs)
  • Gage height: 8ft – 9ft
  • Highs: 40’s
  • Lows: 20’s
  • Rain: very likely
  • Rio’s Tungsten Bead
  • Simms Flyweight Shell 
  • Rod: 7ft 3wt by Douglas

Mother Nature’s Mood

What to expect

Expect temperatures in the mid-low 40’s during the day and dropping into the low 20’s at night. Rain is likely during this time of the year, but lately, it’s looked mostly dry.

Check the Water Conditions

Updated: September 14, 2021

  • Temp: 59 – 61 degrees
  • Streamflow: Below Average (±10,000cfs)
  • Gage height: 8ft – 9ft

For the most up to date water data, we recommend checking out the Unite States Geological Survey (USGS) site. They provide tons of data points so you’ll be able to find exactly the data you want, and know it’s relevant. They even keep historical data.

Lastest Gage Height (USGS)Lastest Streamflow (USGS)Latest Water Temp (USGS)
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The Simms Flyweight Shell. Oh, it’s not raining? Tuck it into you Simms Sling pack for a lightweight layer that stows well.
Feelin’ dangerous? See if you can trigger that greedy fish into a reaction bite with a dry fly. Smaller midges during hatch or a larger foam and rubber offering work best.
These streams can get tight so the 7ft 3wt by Douglas may be the perfect rod for them.

Tip: keep changing up the size and color combos until you find what the fish are biting on and tungsten bead Zebras will get you down to the fish more quickly.

Stop guessing which gear to bring

We admit it, the gear doesn’t make the angler…but it definitely helps. The right equipment takes your day on the water from great, to great. We carry everything that we recommend here in the shop. Swing by!

Suggested Flies:

  • Zebra Midges Sz. 16-20 in Blk, Grey, Red, Purp, Olive.
  • Scud patterns in Sz. 12-16 in Orange, Olive, Tan and Grey, try Rio’s tungsten bead, jig hook “Scud Muffin” patterns.
  • San Juan Worms Sz. 12-16 in Tan, Red, Claret, try Rio’s tungsten bead “Worm Farm” and Solitude Fly’s “Squirmy Worms”
  • Streamers, go with Wooly Bugger’s Sz. 4-10 in Olv, Blk, Brwn, Try cone head “Sculpzilla’s” in Blk, Olv, Tan, and assorted Sculpin and baitfish Patterns.

Suggested Gear:

  • Simms Flyweight Shell (it rains a lot)
  • Rod: 7ft 3wt
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Lees Ferry


Fishing has slowed for the year but there are still good days to be had if you brave the cold

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