FISHING REPORT

04/11/2021

Mogollon Rim

Streams; The fish are getting active and runoff is minimal. Perfect for fishing some of the more “finicky” streams. Size 20-16 dark colored nymphs, Size 20-16 elk hair caddis and callibaetis patterns in the evenings.  Try tossing an ant if you see them active mid-day.

Lakes; The fish may be cruising the shoreline depending on water temps. Zebra Midges and Wd40’s should do the trick. Wooly Buggers and simi-seal leeches are a solid go to. Also dragon fly and damsel fly nymphs.

White Mountains

Streams; The fish are starting to get active and should be more so as the day warms. Temps are up and down and the fishing should correspond. Access is pretty decent on most roads.  Another option would be to hang a size 14-16 nymph under an indicator with a size 18-20 below that. Always have parachute-adams and elk hair caddis in the event of a hatch. Streamers of all colors are always worth tossing to entice a bruiser.

Lakes; Look for fish cruising the shorelines depending on water temps. Zebra Midges and Wd40’s should do the trick. Wooly Buggers and simi-seal leeches are a solid go to. Also dragon fly and damsel fly nymphs.

Tucson + Valley Areas

The urban trout stockings should be over and the bass and carp should be on the bite as the water warms. Dragon fly and damsel fly patterns, Crayfish patterns, Simi-seal leeches. Wooly Buggers imitate all of these insects in different colors.

Lee’s Ferry

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ABOUT AREA WATERS

LEE'S FERRY COLORADO RIVER

A world class fly fishing experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a 15 mile stretch of the Colorado river from the put in to the dam. Wade fishing is possible at the walk-in area and campsites are available. Mainly a rainbow trout fishery, you have a shot at catching brown trout as well. To take in the full grandeur of Lee’s Ferry we recommend using a guide service or bringing your own boat.

FLY RODs: 10 ft 3 wt, 10 ft 4 wt, 9 ft 5 wt, 9 ft 4 wt, 10.5 – 11.5 switch rods.

FLOATING LINE: For dries, nymphing, streamers.

SINK TIP LINE: for swinging streamers.

MOGOLLON RIM STREAMS

The Mogollon Rim is small stream country with a few lakes peppered throughout. Easy access can be had directly off of Hwy 260, but for a remote wilderness experience look for dirt road access and better yet hike in a ways.  Access near highways are stocked with rainbows and wild trout haunt the more remote stretches of streams. The lakes are stocked with rainbow trout and tiger trout.

FLY RODs: 7-8 ft, 3- 4 wt rods will cover most needs.

FLOATING LINE: 99% of the time.

SINKING LINE: For the occasional deep hole.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

From the small feeder streams to the confluence of the Black and White rivers forming the Salt river, the White Mountains offer up some great fishing. Campground areas are stocked with Apache and rainbow trout and wild brown trout can be found throughout the entire system. The White Mountains are comprised of Tribal land and National forest, so be sure to have the appropriate licenses and permits.

FLY RODs: 7-8 ft, 3- 4 wt rods will cover most needs.

FLOATING LINE: 99% of the time.

SINKING LINE: For the occasional deep hole.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

There are many lakes scattered across the White Mountains of Arizona, some of which are on National Forest land and others on Tribal land. Make sure you obtain the appropriate permits and licenses. These lakes are stocked with; Apache trout, Cutthroats, Arctic Grayling, Rainbows and also have wild browns that call these bodies of water home.

FLY RODs: 9-10 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: For nymphing, dries and streamers.

SINKING LINE: For dredging up the big fish.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

There are several lakes along the Mogollon rim that can be accessed just off of Hwy 260. They start just outside of Payson and continue on to the town of Heber. These lakes are stocked with rainbow and tiger trout and become quite busy during the summer months. The shoulder season’s are a great time to fish these lakes.

FLY RODs: 9-10 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: For nymphing, dries and streamers.

SINKING LINE: For dredging up the big fish.

OAK CREEK CANYON

Oak creek is perhaps one of the prettiest streams in the United States however, due to it’s popularity it see’s a lot of pressure from fisherman as well as day users. A road parralell’s almost its entire length and Rainbow trout are stocked at access points. Despite its popularity, there are still wary, wild brown trout that call this stream home, some of which are of formidable size. This creek is a great shoulder season destination as it sits lower in elevation and the crowds tend to dissipate.

FLY RODs: 7-8 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: For everything.