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. Stopping at our guides secret spots along the Colorado River, we had lots of success catching beautiful 20+ inch rainbow trout. 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.
My brother managed to catch and release over 40 rainbows and Rusty the dog aka "The Trout Scout" a few times as well.
With a day like this on the Colorado, how could it not be my favorite river!