Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 7/1/2018

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.  Cicada activity is starting to ramp up … be sure to have some patterns on hand just in case!

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. For the best success get on the creek either in the early morning and fish until about 9 AM or fish the evenings from approximately 5 PM to dark. Terrestrials, especially cicadas are beginning to appear, so a hopper dropper setup is the go-to set up at the moment. Watch for a small hatch of blue wing olives around 8 AM. Venture away from main access points for greater solitude and browns.

Tonto Creek​ – ​CLOSED due to extreme fire danger.

Canyon Creek​ – ​CLOSED due to extreme fire danger.

Other Mogollon Rim Streams – ​Most streams are ​CLOSED ​due to extreme fire danger. The few that remain open are very low and we recommend avoiding them in order to put the least pressure on the fish. Fish Oak Creek or venture to one of the many area lakes until the monsoons have provided adequate moisture.

Rim Lakes – ​Fishing has been good for stocked rainbow and tiger trout. Fishing type III sink lines with leech patterns has been very productive. Fish do rise in the mornings and evenings, so an assortment of dry flies and a floating line will get the job done most days. Some holdover fish do exist, and a smallmouth bass population still persists in Willow Springs Lake.

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.  Try white Clouser Minnows size 4-6, Flash Minnows size 2-4.

Local Carp Waters (Canals and Ponds) – The carp bite has been excellent lately and we keep the best flies in stock at all times … try size 8 Carpilicious, size 8 Belly Crawl Tan or Olive, size 6 Baker’s McCrusty, size 6 Swimming Carp Nymphs, size 6 Baker’s Egg Drop.

Stop by the store or contact us today for additional details and information.  We stock all of the flies and any other gear necessary for a great day on the water.  Good Luck out there!