Go to Top

Lee’s Ferry

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.

Jane, Cinda, Holly

Jane, Cinda, 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 passing a beautiful rainbow trout to Jane

TJ passing a beautiful rainbow trout to Jane

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.

Holly and Kevin fishing next to a Blue Heron

Holly and Kevin fishing next to a Blue Heron

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.

Holly with a Beauty

Holly with a Beauty

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.

Jane setting one go to be caught another day

Jane setting one go to be caught another day

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.

South Rim of the Grand Canyon

South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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.

 

 

 

, , ,

About Cinda Howard

Cinda Howard has been an Arizona fly fishing guide for several years. She’s spent her whole life fishing and picked up a fly rod in 1996. She worked for the Orvis Company as a Fly Fishing Manager for eight years before branching off and starting her own business in 2012. Cinda spends a considerable amount of time instructing people on the sport of fly fishing. Cinda has been featured in several fly fishing articles and books (“Fly Fisher’s Guide to Arizona” by Will Jordan, “Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide” by Arizona Highways and Arizona Game and Fish Department) as an expert on fly fishing Arizona. She is extremely passionate not only about fly fishing but also about teaching others. She hosts trips all across the world and has taken customers fly fishing in Alaska, Belize, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and The Bahamas. Cinda loves to fish for trout, steelhead, pike, carp, bonefish, tarpon and anything else that will eat a fly. She is a past President of Desert Fly Casters and is a Zane Grey Trout Unlimited board member.

2 Responses to "Lee’s Ferry"

  • Kevin Campbell
    September 29, 2014 - 6:14 am Reply

    It was a blast having you, Jane and Holy for the day at Lees Ferry. I hope we get the chance to fish together again

  • holly
    September 29, 2014 - 3:59 pm Reply

    Cinda! You’re not only a great writer but a fantastically wonderful caring and sharing person. Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed our lessons and time with you. It’s no wonder that you are the busy bee you are now knowing after witnessing how much of your fly fishing wisdom you are able to explain in layman terms! I’ve been fly fishing for 8 years, infrequently however. After spending time with you at beautiful Lee’s Ferry, I felt as though it all came together and I actually started fly fishing for real! I’d also like to thank you on behalf of Jane, Cinda! Your patience brought her through amazing progress in only two days. Yes…we are both looking forward to our second fly fishing another southwest tributory river expedition with bells on…or should I say waiters!
    Signed one member of our newly-formed closed group, the ‘Fly Fishing Bitches’, Holly

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *