Lees Ferry, Arizona

My buddy Charles and I decided to head up to the Ferry yesterday. It had been a long time since I last fished so I was a little extra excited for this one. Got to the river around 8:30 and we took our time getting rigged up. One car in the parking lot when we arrived. Finally got on the river and started doing some drifts. After about 20 minutes we started changing flies, adding weight, all the things we are supposed to do. After 15 minutes, rinse and repeat, after 10 minutes, rinse and repeat. What the heck?

Weather was overcast with a slight breeze, great conditions. Biggest problem I could see besides no fish, in an hour and half I had not seen one midge! Tossed on some junk flies thinking that would be the ticket, nada, nothing, zip! Around 11am we decided to have an early lunch. Bumped into two other guys, they had the same luck as we had. The campground host was out taking anglers surveys and stopped to chatted for about 30 minutes. He said the fishing has sucked for the last 4 weeks, at least in the walk in section. Charles did catch one on an olive bugger and out of 7 angles the guy had chatted with, that was the only fish caught.

I felt like I was fishing in a desert wasteland, no bugs, no fish spotted, just blank nothingness. Around 12:30 we just looked at each other, shrugged, and without a word, went back to the truck and started getting ready to leave. Two guys from Flagstaff were eating lunch next to us and they decided that a mixed drink would be more beneficial than heading back to the river.

Lees Ferry is a beautiful place to fish, glad I went, but I think I will wait til it warms up and I know that there is some bug activity. Dang, Arizona is a tough place to fish in the winter. Oh well, next time!

2014 Bites the Dust

2014 was one of those years where I ask myself, “Was this a good year?” After thinking long and hard, I would say it was. We finally sold our house in Cornville. It has been an elephant on our back for 4 years and it finally sold. We also bought a piece of property on the edge of town and are in the very early stages of design for our “dream” home. It will not be the palatial palace we have always dreamed of, but we will make it our home and it does not have to be fancy to be a home. Man cave will be moved into the garage! Our health is good and we are not out on the street, so I guess you can say we had a decent year.

Fishing was just ok this year. Had a good trip to Pyramid with some great friends, a week in Pagosa springs with family and that was good as well. A day trip here and there around the area filled in some gaps. Hoping the 2015 will offer more fishing opportunities than 2014 provided. I had several 4-6 week breaks between fishing days this past year, and that is unheard of for me, but sometimes life dictates things for you. Beth’s health is improving and I am very grateful for that.

We ended 2014 with 7 inches of the white stuff outside, but no pictures since my phone is sleeping with the fishes in Northern California. It is beautiful outside. Here is to a wonderful 2015. Happy New Year!!!