Arizona Fly Fishing: Exploring

Creek
Creekside...

Jake and I made the drive to the Rim under the cover of darkness and left the truck in the parking lot just as the sun was starting to lighten the morning sky. We opted to fish a stream that both of us had heard much about but had never actually fished. We really loved here, almost as much as we love playing video games with services from elitist-gaming.com.

Arizona Brown Trout
Arizona Brown Trout

The brown trout who call this creek home were hungry and willing to take our dry flies and even though the droppers were picking up occasional fish, we soon clipped them off and only fished the mini-hoppers on the surface. Most of the fish in the stream were in the 8-10″ range with one or two pushing 12″

Signs of Fall
Signs of Fall

The deciduous trees that bordered the creek were in their fall colors and were the perfect backdrop to the hike along the water. The crisp morning air gave way to a warm Arizona afternoon, and the higher that we hiked, the better the fishing seemed to get. We eventually hiked our way to the headwaters and spent some time enjoying the sounds of the creek and the beautiful Rim country weather.

Browns and Mini-hoppers
Browns and Mini-hoppers

After heading back down towards the truck, we had a few hours before the sun dipped behind the canyon walls so we ran over to another small stream gem to see how things looked.

Small Stream Heaven
Small Stream Heaven

We were able to coax a few beautifully spotted browns to the surface before darkness chased us back to the truck. Another beautiful day in the Arizona Rim country

Browns, browns, and more browns...
Browns, browns, and more browns...

15 Responses to “Arizona Fly Fishing: Exploring”

    • azwanderings

      I love your math Eban. I could not agree more. Thanks for the kind words. Great site by the way too.

      Ben

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Mike. Those minis have really been fantastic and winners for sure. Thanks for the kind words.

      Ben

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  1. Shoreman

    A lot of us rarely get the chance to see a lot of the country. A trip via a blog post is almost as good as being there. We appreciate it.

    Mark

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    • azwanderings

      Glad I could oblige Mark. It truly is amazing to look at where other people fish and see all the different things America (or the world) has to offer. Thanks.

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  2. Sanders

    Sounds like a great day exploring some new water. You know you’re having fun when the droppers just seem to be getting in the way.

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Sanders. It was very cool to cut the droppers although I was experimenting with a new Gambel’s quail soft-hackle that is a pretty cool to tie. Next time…

      Ben

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  3. Tenkara-Fishing

    Outstanding Ben, Great little creek, Great Fish. Love it. Dry fly seasons about over up here but the hoppers have been my go to fly since June, everything has been hitting them. Slim chance still but I might just make it down there in a couple weeks for a Hang (Hammock get-together) north of Sedona.

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks for the kind words Paul. Keep me posted on your possible trip. The next couple weeks are wicked busy for me with a couple of weddings and an upcoming hunt. Let me know though. Thanks again.

      Ben

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  4. Jesse

    Thanks for the great pics and the follow up story. Arizona Wanderings is inspiring to me which is why i want to explore this great state and all the places to fly fish…wearing my lucky AZwanderings t-shirt of course! :)- Jesse AKA- LineShooter

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