Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 3/9/2019
*Spring runoff has begun, be prepared for big water!
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 and runoff have created very high off-color water conditions. Double nymph strike indicator rigs with large patterns have been effective. Try Jumbo Johns #8 and TJ Hooker #6. Venture away from main access points for greater solitude and browns.
Tonto Creek – Fishing has been slow as the creek has been muddy. Conditions should improve soon.
Canyon Creek – Fishing has been good as of late 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. 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!