Lees Ferry Fishing Report 2/19/19

February weather continues to flex it’s variable and stormy muscles! The good news is that the fishing is holding firm against the onslaught as rainbows continue to spawn and feed.

We had a stormfront move through the western states this week and made me appreciate my rain gear, (which also worked well in snow)! Trout continue to key on glow bugs (Oregon cheese) and ginger scuds. My go-to double nymph rig has been a ginger scud on top of the glow bug, but I also experimented with the glow bug on top, and the fish still preferred the egg.

February water releases have been pretty consistent, with flows increasing in the morning, stalling to receding mid-day, and then a high peak around midnight. This makes for interesting wading, with limited bar access as the water rises. Be careful to pay attention to water levels if wading a bar, as your access back to shore may be more difficult.

I haven’t seen much decrease in feeding while the water recedes a bit mid-day, which is positive. An effective alternative to traditional bar wading is deep nymph drifting from a boat, with long leaders (12-14′). Make sure you add weight to get down where the fish are and stay sensitive to changes in the drift that may indicate a strike. Drag-free drifts are always critical.

Spin fishing has been steady with rubber worms fished 2′ below weight bouncing on the bottom. Be sensitive to all bumps; it may be the weight bouncing bottom or it may be a strike. If you get 2-3 bumps and you set the hook without fish, reel in your setup to check for moss. The worm needs to be free of moss for the fish to be interested. Panther Martins, Castmaster and glow bugs are all effective spin options. Get the lure deep and fish where the fish are, generally where sunlight hits the water, as opposed to shaded areas.

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Check out this video about fishing in the snow!

Spring is almost here, and my calendar is filling, so call or email to reserve your day on the most beautiful spot in the Southwest to catch quality trout! 602-510-5511 skelly@kellyoutfitters.com

Tight lines!

Steve Kelly