It has been a busy September. I have taught three fishing schools, guided 14 days, spent 3 days at Lee’s Ferry and 6 days in Idaho. It feels good to have a day off to reflect on everything that has happened this month.
Lee’s Ferry was a girls only trip and my first time traveling and fishing with Jane and Holly.
I met Jane through Hidden Meadow Ranch where I’ve guided many of their customers over the years. Holly also works at the ranch and I met her just this summer. They contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a trip to the Ferry and of course I said yes!
We stayed at Lee’s Ferry Lodge at Vermilion Cliffs and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The customer service could be better but I have come to expect this from places this remote.
In order to get upriver at the Ferry, you either need a boat or a guide. Since neither Jane or Holly had fished in several years we opted for a guide. The plan was for them to get 100% of the guides time while I wondered off and fished. We went with Lee’s Ferry Anglers and on the first day, the guide was TJ Carrington and the second day we were with longtime Lee’s Ferry guide Kevin Campbell.
TJ is a young guide just getting his feet wet in the business. It was great spending the day with him and getting to know the newest team member at Lee’s Ferry Anglers. Kevin has spent seventeen seasons guiding on the Colorado River and that pretty much says it all.
As expected, the fishing at the Ferry was good with most of our fish being under 15″. You do occasionally land a bigger fish but that didn’t happen on this trip. I am always amazed that a black zebra midge, red San Juan worm, and ginger scud are all you need to catch fish there. You can also catch them on various hoppers and small cicada patterns even when there are no hoppers and cicadas around.
This trip is recommended to anyone who wants to go catch a bunch of wild rainbow trout in a gorgeous setting. The Vermilion Cliffs, Colorado River and Marble Canyon are must see places and there are very few spots that can rival the beauty. Add in great fly fishing and it is a home run.
On the way home I made a last minute decision to make a quick run to the Grand Canyon even though the following day (Saturday) I was teaching a fly fishing school at Sunrise and my flight to Idaho was leaving Phoenix Sky Harbor at 10:00 am on Sunday morning. I had nothing packed and was feeling the time crunch. Sometimes you just have to make time for the things you don’t have time for.
Getting away with the girls, spending time in a beautiful setting, enjoying great wine and food are the things that made this a successful trip. We have already started planning next years outing and it should be fabulous.