Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 5/18/2019
Lees Ferry – Fishing has been good upriver with standard midge/indicator rigs and olive color streamers with a sink tip line (150-200gr). The fish seem to be healthy and steadily increasing in size. Most effective patterns: size 18-22 Zebra Midges in black/silver and black/copper, size 6-10 olive Crystal Buggers.
San Juan River, NM – The San Juan has been fishing well with flows staying around 500cfs. Standard midge/indicator rigs have been the most productive utilizing size 20-26 Thread Midges in gray, black, and tan. Dead drifting olive or brown leech patterns is also effective when paired with a midge trailer.
Mogollon Rim Region (Sedona, Payson, Heber-Overgaard)
Oak Creek – Fishing has been good as the water has come down and the fish have settled back into their normal routines. Dry-dropper rigs are effective now, please see us at the shop for current fly recommendations. Don’t be afraid to venture away from main access points for greater solitude and browns.
Tonto Creek – Fishing has improved in the last week and will continue to do so as the water warms up. Small nymph rigs have been the most successful.
Canyon Creek – Fishing has been very good and the water is in excellent condition. This is the time of year to throw big patterns, come see us for our preferred flies and tactics.
Bass Lakes – Bartlett has been the most consistent producer with good numbers of largemouth being caught on threadfin shad colored streamers on intermediate sinking lines (Rio CamoLux). Fish have been in 10-15ft of water off main lake points. Try white Clouser Minnows size 4-6.
Local Carp Waters (Canals and Ponds) – Fun and challenging! The carp bite has been great lately and we stay up to date on the local conditions. Stop by the shop for the best custom carp flies, tactics, and advice available anywhere.
We stock all of the flies and any other gear necessary for a great day on the water. Need some help deciding where to go? Come see us!
Good Luck out there!