Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 8/16/2019
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. Streamers have been producing the biggest fish including some trophy browns. This is the time of year to have cicada patterns ready, come by the shop to stock up!
San Juan River, NM – The San Juan has been fishing well with flows staying around 500cfs. Standard midge/indicator rigs with Corq’s indicators 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 although the water has been low. 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. Small terrestrials and dry-dropper rigs are working well.
Canyon Creek – Fishing has been very good and the water is in excellent condition. Some quality browns reside in the lower section that will test any anglers skills. Come see us for our most 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!