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!