I recently tagged along (and of course photographed) on a guided fly fishing trip with my brother, his dog Rusty and our guide TJ from Lees Ferry Anglers.
We loaded up our gear at Lees Ferry in Northern Arizona in the beautiful Vermillion Cliffs area. We took a high speed jet boat upstream the 15 mile stretch of the Colorado River between Lees Ferry and the bottom of Glen Canyon Dam.
I have been on the Colorado River many times including a 10 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon from Lees Ferry downstream to Lake Mead. But this upstream section proved to be some of most scenic I had ever seen. The farther upstream we got the deeper the Colorado River carved into the red rocks creating a steep dramatic canyon landscape with the cold clear dam released water from Lake Powell swiftly moving by. This cold, fast moving water is the perfect environment for wild rainbow trout to not only survive but thrive and what makes this area one of the best fly fishing locations in the United States.
Stopping at our guides secret spots along the Colorado River, we had lots of success catching beautiful 20+ inch rainbow trout.