Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 6/22/2018

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.

Rim Streams – Most of the streams are low and clear as of now but great opportunities still exist.  Try size 14-18 Copper John’s dropped under a terrestrial pattern.  Large articulated streamers have proven effective for some of the larger browns that live in these waters.  *Check local jurisdictions for closures due to fire danger.

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!