Arizona Fishing Blog


Fall River Flyrod

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I received an amazing opportunity through the Outdoor Blogger Network. A few weeks ago, they selected 18 bloggers to host, fish, review and pass on a Fall River Bamboo Flyrod paired with an MFC reel and Rio line. I am the first blogger to have the opportunity to fish it before passing it along to […]

Fly Tying: The Ice-Dubbed Pheasant Tail Nymph

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The two flies pictured above, the Mini-Hopper and the Ice-Dubbed Pheasant Tail Nymph, are my go-to flies for small stream fly fishing. I have already posted a tutorial for the Mini-Hopper here, or if you are short on time, you can always buy them in the Arizona Wanderings Shop. Below is a short tutorial on […]

Golden Stonefly Pattern: The Splashything Stonefly

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Last summer I was lucky enough to go and visit my good friend Eric from for a beautiful week on the Deschutes River. God smiled on me and I was able to fish some big foam patterns to match the golden stonefly hatch on this great river. The one golden stonefly pattern that really seemed […]

Arizona Fly Fishing: The Backcountry

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My wife laughed at me when I told her what time I would be getting up on Saturday morning to go fishing. I wondered about the decision myself, but when the alarm clock beeped, I popped up like a daisy. With a little bit of coffee and a granola bar for the truck ride, I […]

Arizona Sportsmen Constituent Group

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I gathered in the Quail Room at the Game and Fish office with about 100 other sportsmen, outdoor groups, and a few interested folks from the general public to take part in the first Sportsmen Constituent Group (working title) last Thursday, March 22, 2012. We were joined by about female slot players including 80 people […]

Fly Fishing Small Streams E-book

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IT’S HERE! After a good chunk of work, too much procrastination, and the help of some friends and family, I offer you Chasing Wild Trout: A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing Small Streams. This e-book is written out of my love for small water and the beautiful fish that live there, and seeks to answer […]

Empty Handed…

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I spent Saturday with a hunting rifle slung over my shoulder picking my way through hillsides of cat-claw. The search was for a mule deer buck which have an uncanny way of disappearing into the endless miles of rolling hills and jagged landscape. Most of the day was spent hunkered down staring through a pair […]

Cloudy and Cold but Good Fishing Weather…

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It has been a little over a year since my uncle dug my grandfather’s old fly rod out of his garage and passed the beautiful Fenwick on to me. My first fly fishing trip in Arizona was to a small stream on the Rim that holds a great population of wild rainbows mixed in with […]