Fishing is the cornerstone of our operation here at Cliff Dwellers Lodge. The angling at Lees Ferry has brought us to this desert oasis and we’ve built this business around providing the best possible fishing experience on the Colorado River. Lees Ferry Anglers was established in 1989, and since then we have expanded to include Cliff Dwellers Lodge and The Cliff restaurant in order to provide a complete fishing lodge experience. We have 13 full-time guides on staff, and every one of them is competent in assisting all types of anglers: from beginner to the most advanced fly caster.
The Colorado is a truly unique destination fishing locale. With its thousand foot Navajo Sandstone cliffs and its crystal clear water, the Colorado River is a desert refuge destined to capture the hearts and minds of any fly fishing fanatic. Our up-river fishing trips take passengers 14 miles through Glen Canyon where they will experience why John Wesley Powell, the first explorer of the lower Colorado Basin, gave the canyon a name which connotes a sense of peace and tranquility.
The river flows at varying rates but the water temperature stays at a constant 48 degrees, a perfect environment for healthy trout. Because Lees Ferry is a year-round fishery, an angler can catch 12 to 24-inch free swimming rainbow trout. And as the seasons change, so does the fishing. The summer months are a great time to visit Lees Ferry and target eager rainbows rising to a whole slough of big terrestrials. In the fall, spring and winter months we fish for aggressively feeding rainbows in the riffles and deeper runs. Trout at Lees Ferry gorge themselves on tiny midge larva, scuds, and aquatic worms. The tannins in the fish’s food source cause them to exhibit magnificent spawning colors which have become synonymous with Lees Ferry.
If you are interested in fishing with us at Lees Ferry, please email us or give us a call at 1(800) 962-9755. Our up-river fishing trips include gas and transportation in a covered Koffler Jet Boat (heated during the winter), lunch, rods, and guide service. If you need waders we rent them in our fly shop. We are more than willing to help. Come visit the Ferry and find out why we are proud to call this place our home.