|Speaker - June 7, 2010
Lees Ferry is the section of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam, and the entrance to the Grand Canyon. The 16-mile stretch of gin-clear river courses through the last free flowing remnant of Glen Canyon and is world renowned for its spectacular beauty and great trout fishing. This year-round Arizona trout fishery fell on hard times in 2000 as the "great western drought" caused Lake Powell to drop to less than a third of capacity. In recent years normal snowfall has returned to the Rockies and Lake Powell has risen considerably. Anglers from around the country are once again putting Lees Ferry on the map as a most desirable destination.
Terry Gunn first fished Lee’s Ferry in the early 80s and has been a full time fishing guide there since 1983. He started Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop in 1989 and is a recognized fly fishing expert, author, photographer and speaker, having fished almost everywhere in the world in both fresh and saltwater. In addition to Terry starting Lees Ferry Anglers, in1986 he had co-founded Crystal Creek Lodge, considered by many to be one of Alaska's finest fly-out fishing lodges. He also started Baja Anglers, a fly fishing charter boat operation and retail store in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Terry is a consultant and advisor to several leading manufactures of fly fishing equipment and fishing lodges. He has held or holds 10 IGFA world records, all on fly rod both fresh and saltwater.
Terry was born and raised on a farm in Oklahoma. When not working on the farm he was always fishing in one of the local creeks, rivers or ponds. His grandfather, Troy Holsted, was a devoted fan of Zane Grey and decided in the 1930's that if Zane Grey was a fly fisherman, then Troy Holsted should be a fly fisherman. In the 1960's, he built a cabin in Taylor Park, Colorado and Terry spent his early years walking the high mountain streams watching his fly fishing mentor cast a Montague cane fly rod to rising fish. Today Terry still walks the same streams casting that same rod, except now Terry is followed by his own nine-year-old son, Troy.
Terry's wildlife and fly fishing photographs have appeared in most all of the outdoor magazines as well as books, journals, newspapers, calendars and brochures. He is a recognized author and has published many technical as well as destination fly fishing articles for several magazines and is on the masthead of Fly Fisherman and Fish Alaska magazines as Contributing Photographer.
Terry and his wife Wendy were the co-hosts of Fly Fish Television Magazine, an educational fly fishing show that has aired on Fox Sports National and International, the Outdoor Channel and on the Outdoor Life Network. They also have two videos, Introduction to Fly Fishing and Introduction to Fly Casting. Terry was the photography host for the television series, America's Outdoor Journal. In addition he has appeared on scores of other fly fishing shows, including In search of Fly Waters, Fly Fishing the World, Fly Fishing America, Fishing the West, and Fly Fishing Video Magazine. Terry and his wife Wendy competed in the first ESPN Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid, NY.
Terry Gunn is the owner of Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop and Guide Service and Cliff Dwellers Lodge in Marble Canyon AZ, where he lives with his wife Wendy and son Troy. You can check things out at: www.leesferry.com and www.cliffdwellerslodge.com.