The heat has arrived here in the valley! So get out of the heat and go fishing.
With temps in the low 100’s you have a couple options to put a bend in the rod. Here are some of the places we would recommend hitting.
- Lees Ferry: The fish are feeding, and feeding heavily. Just checked the flows graph today, and it looks like they are starting in the morning at just shy of 10,000 cfs, and peaking around 15,000 cfs around 12:00 pm. This means the fish should be hugging the banks, looking for calmer water to rest and feed in. So as always fish the water right by shore before walking into it. With the higher flows, more scuds and aquatic worms are coming down river so be prepared with plenty of Lee’s Ferry Scuds, and San Juan worms on hand. Recommended flies; Zebra Midges, San Juan Worms, Scuds, Lazer Midges, Olive Wooly Buggers, and Olive SlumpBusters.
- Oak Creek: In the shadow of the canyon on Oak Creek you have some awesome opportunities to fish. The key is to get out early before the tourists descend on your honey hole. Hoppers are out and about, and cicadas are coming. I would start fishing Oak Creek with a Dry/Dropper rig, and if that isn’t working fish the deep pools with some medium to small streamers. Key flies recommended are; Rubber Legged Stimulators, AZ Wanderings Mini Hopper, Parachute Ants, Parachute Hoppers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hares Ears, Craw-buggers, Olive Wooly Buggers, Black Wooly Buggers.
- Upper Lake Mary: Some of my best fishing came this time last year at Upper Lake Mary. Look for the wind blocked coves, and you will find success. Suggested patterns; Barry’s Pike Fly, Big Eyed Bait Fish, Clouser Minnows and Deceivers.
- Canyon Creek: Canyon Creek see’s a lot of pressure this time of year, however don’t discount it entirely. Fish are still being caught out of Canyon but it all seems to be during the witching hours of 2pm to dark. Canyon Creek is going to fish very similiar to Oak Creek. Just don’t be discouraged when you show up and there are quite a few anglers fishing the water ahead of you. Just take your time and methodically pick apart the water. Recommended flies; Rubber Legged Stimulators, AZ Wanderings Mini Hopper, Parachute Ants, Parachute Hoppers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hares Ears, Craw-buggers, Olive Wooly Buggers, Black Wooly Buggers. And for those of you that are a little more adventurous, pack your head lamp and head down to some of the bigger pools, and tie on a mouse pattern. Browns are very predatory and love to move out of their hiding spots at night to feed, and a big old mouse is a tasty morsel for a giant brown.
- Tonto Creek: Tonto Creek has always been a fallback for me, when I am just itching for a few good hours of fishing. From the 260 bridge and up, catching some little rainbows is almost a guarantee, with a shot at some beautiful stream bred browns. Tis the season where most of our recommended flies will be the same across the board. Recommended flies; Rubber Legged Stimulators, AZ Wanderings Mini Hopper, Parachute Ants, Parachute Hoppers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hares Ears, Craw-buggers, Olive Wooly Buggers, Black Wooly Buggers.
- Becker Lake: Great reports coming from Becker Lake just outside of Springerville Arizona. Becker Lake is one of the best fishing lakes in the White Mountains this time of year, being its one of the lowest elevation lakes in the White Mountains. This however does shorten it’s fishing season somewhat compared to the other lakes in the Whites. Once water temps get above 70 degrees, Game and Fish asks that you don’t remove the fish from the water prior to release, as the water is low in oxygen, and it lessens the fish’s chance of surviving. However right now the water temps are still in the 60’s and fishing has been phenomenal. Recommended flies; Snowcones, Bombers, Damsel Nymphs, Mini Leaches, Zebra Midges, and Blood Worms. Becker does offer up some great dry fly fishing if that is your thing. Hammer the banks with; Stimulators, Hoppers, Ants, and Damsel Flies.
- Christmas Tree Lake: Fish camp is up and running, and reports have been okay from Christmas Tree. The Apaches are hungry and ready to give you a darn good day of fishing. Just purchase your license before making the drive up, to confirm you have a spot on this awesome lake. Recommended flies; Snowcones, Bombers, Zebra Midges, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hares Ears, Prince Nymphs, Ants, Rubber Legged Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Simi Seal Leaches, and Wooley Buggers.
Out of State:
- New Mexico: The reports we are hearing from the San Juan River outside of Farmington New Mexico are awesome. The fish are feeding, and more big fish are being caught this time of year, then we have seen all season. If you are looking for guide recommendations, or need some help being pointed in the right direction swing by the shop and we will set you up.
- Colorado: Salmonflies have arrived. The Gunnison, Colorado River, Roaring Fork, and Eagle have all reported the beginning of Salmonflies. This is your chance to throw giant foam dry flies, to every fish in the river. Salmonflies only last a short period and we here at the shop are doing our best to keep up with where it seems to be the best.
- Nevada: Nevada rivers are pretty well blown out right now, however don’t discount Nevada quite yet. Pyramid Lake is still open for another month, and some success is being had at the northern most beaches. If you put off Pyramid for the last couple months, but have an itch to get out, this would be my recommendation. Check in with us at the shop to get set up.
- California: Most of the rivers in California seem to be blown out, very similar to Nevada. However I just got a report from a customer of ours that Mako shark fishing off the coast of San Diego is amazing right now. He mentioned they landed 7 sharks in a half day trip, which is pretty darn good. If you are looking to hook your first saltwater fish or first shark, Dave Trimble of On The Fly Fishing Charter is your man. We can hook you up with him if you would like, or you can contact him directly by going to his website.
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