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So we are finally here and going to be in Northern AZ till the end of May, and I'm hoping to fish Lees Ferry a few times... among others. Anyone have a guide or outfit they would recommend?

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I don't know how far it is from you, but I can attest that Lake Havasu has great DIY fishing for striped bass. The last time I did it they averaged about seven to eight pounds. I don't know about Lee's Ferry, though.
 
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I don't know how far it is from you, but I can attest that Lake Havasu has great DIY fishing for striped bass. The last time I did it they averaged about seven to eight pounds. I don't know about Lee's Ferry, though.
+1 on SB! Looks like we're about 3.5 hours to Havasu. I'll have to put that on the list. We're only about 30mins to Lake Pleasant which I have fished for striped bass in the past and had blast. Really fun fish. Very aggressive takes.

Skip Dixon, however they are all a great group of guides. The Gunns do it right.

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Thanks for the heads up on Skip. I'll look them up and try to put something together.
 

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Trip: Lee's Ferry is the put in for the rafts heading down the Grand Canyon, a ways from Lake Havasu.

There are some very big bows up river towards the dam. People do fish right below the put in.

BTW - The trip through the grand Canyon is incredible. I have had the good fortune to do it four times. If the river is clear, there is decent fishing all the way down. Unfortunately, the Little Colorado is notorious for dumping a lot of silt in the river making it unfishable.
 

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+1 on SB! Looks like we're about 3.5 hours to Havasu. I'll have to put that on the list. We're only about 30mins to Lake Pleasant which I have fished for striped bass in the past and had blast. Really fun fish. Very aggressive takes.

Thanks for the heads up on Skip. I'll look them up and try to put something together.
Did somebody say Bass?:D
 

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Trip: Lee's Ferry is the put in for the rafts heading down the Grand Canyon, a ways from Lake Havasu.

There are some very big bows up river towards the dam. People do fish right below the put in.
BTW - The trip through the grand Canyon is incredible. I have had the good fortune to do it four times. If the river is clear, there is decent fishing all the way down. Unfortunately, the Little Colorado is notorious for dumping a lot of silt in the river making it unfishable.
4 Times down the Canyon, ya I'd say you're pretty dang lucky. I'll settle for one but not sure if thats in the cards any time soon. Some day...

Right now I'd like to fish the section above the put in you mentioned. Sounds like the area most of the guides fish.
 

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I have fished Lees ferry a few times and never used a guide. The area below the rafting put-in is easy access and there are a lot of fish. There is an access road that leaves the main road on the way to the raft launch just pull off and walk to the river. I fished just above and below "the big rock" when see it in the middle of the river it is obvious.
The river levels change a lot in just a few hours be aware of that. One morning I started at about 7am and stood in one spot and caught 30 fish I had waded out to about knee level and was so busy catching fish that 3 hours later it was waist high I was glad I had my staff because I was on a bit of a gravel bar and it got deeper going into the shore.
There is tutorial on how to rig for nymphing on the Lees ferry anglers website.
 

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Fished the walk in area for three years now, and always wanted to go upriver and have talked with many guides while having dinner. There are a lot of fish at the walk-in, and you could stay busy all day long there once you learn the river. You don't have to be far off the bank as the fish at times are in ankle deep water but you'll never see them.

My wife gave me the guided trip for my birthday and not only was the fishing amazing, but the surroundings blew me away. I have never spent more time on a river looking around instead of watching the water. Skip was great helping my wife as he just let me fish without always checking up on her. She had a great time and will be making this an annual get away for her as well.

Think Yakima on steroids, as it can appear overwhelming but just focus on where you're fishing. Chironomids, scuds, San Juan worms, cicada flies at certain times of the year. Pretty basic fly assortment.
 

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Fished the walk in area for three years now, and always wanted to go upriver and have talked with many guides while having dinner. There are a lot of fish at the walk-in, and you could stay busy all day long there once you learn the river. You don't have to be far off the bank as the fish at times are in ankle deep water but you'll never see them.

My wife gave me the guided trip for my birthday and not only was the fishing amazing, but the surroundings blew me away. I have never spent more time on a river looking around instead of watching the water. Skip was great helping my wife as he just let me fish without always checking up on her. She had a great time and will be making this an annual get away for her as well.

Think Yakima on steroids, as it can appear overwhelming but just focus on where you're fishing. Chironomids, scuds, San Juan worms, cicada flies at certain times of the year. Pretty basic fly assortment.
Dang, what a beautiful area. Nice pics! And thanks for sharing those.
I didn't realize there was river access without a boat. I'd still like to get a guide for the first day but its nice to know that isn't mandatory. Also I see you can rent a boat for $200 a day. That might be the way to go after getting familiar with the water.
My wife finds fishing to be about as much fun as watching paint dry but I think she'd love this trip for the views alone.
What time of year do you prefer best?
 

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Haven't fished it but I've heard from numerous folks that you'll want a staff and studs to stay upright.

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Be forewarned that you should treat all of your gear for Quagga Mussels and Whirling Disease before you fish elsewhere as both are known to be in the river.
Good to know. Thanks for the info on both. Got my staff but don't have studs in my boots/yet. I had heard they were stepping up checks on boats regarding the spread of the mussels. What do you suggest for treating gear? Spray bottle with a bleach solution or just a good rinsing?
 
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