Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 2/15/2019
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 fair. Recent storms have created flood conditions although the water has come down shortly after. Cooler weather has the fish more active during the day. Try dry-dropper rigs with Thunderhead Adams #16-18, Superflash Mayfly Nymph #18, Olive Micro Mayfly Nymph #18. Venture away from main access points for greater solitude and browns.
Tonto Creek – Fishing has been fair and winter conditions dictate the use of smaller flies and slower presentations.
Canyon Creek – Fishing has been good as of late although the water is low so a stealthy approach and smaller tippet is necessary. Try nymphing Crystal Hunchbacks #18 on 6X fluorocarbon.
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. Cooler water temps have the fish more active mid day through late afternoon. Stop by the shop for the best custom carp flies available anywhere.
We stock all of the flies and any other gear necessary for a great day on the water. Good Luck out there!