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Set the Hook!

On Wednesday, I was guiding J.J. from Tucson. He called a few of weeks ago and said that he has been fly fishing for a couple of years and wanted to work on improving his skills as his goal is to fish a lot more in 2016. We hit a private pond first so that we could work out any casting issues he might have developed. He landed a few …Read More

Project Healing Waters Donation

Last year I donated a full day guided trip to be auctioned off between Desert Fly Casters and Arizona Fly Casters as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Project Healing Waters chapter. Dave Briscoe from Sun City won the trip and took it earlier this week. He brought along his friend Don and they had a great time. We spent the morning on a trout stream and the afternoon at a …Read More

Big Browns

It has been a really good week for big browns in small streams and I can’t believe how long it took things to really turn on. Just six weeks ago, I was fishing water that was still 32-40 degrees but now that it has warmed up, the big fish are coming out to play. All of these fish ate streamers and it is always a thrill when you get the …Read More

Recent Trips

I am getting a lot of inquiries about what is happening in the mountains. The streams have still been cold but are starting to really turn on. It will just get better from here on out. Andy came from Connecticut a couple of weeks ago and his only goal was to catch a wild Apache trout. Even though the water was still measuring at 32 degrees, we were able to …Read More

Spring Fishing

Things are slowly opening up in the White Mountains and fishing is turning on. We had a few cold and snowy days which dropped the water temps and turned some things off but that should only be temporary as air temperatures are headed back up. On Tuesday, I hit the West Fork of the Black River close to the headwaters with Dave from Oakland, CA. We fished in sleet and …Read More

San Juan River, April 2016

It is time to start thinking about your trips for 2016. At Fly Fish Arizona and Beyond we host trips all around the world. Our first booking for this year will be to the San Juan River. We are staying at The Soaring Eagle Lodge which is not only the nicest lodge on the river, but the only one with private water access and gourmet meals. Here is the information. …Read More

Fall and Winter Fishing

We are at that time of year when a lot of people aren’t thinking about fishing. They just assume that trout fishing in  the high country is done and aren’t sure what is going on. I get a lot of calls from winter visitors and people traveling to the state for vacations, work, etc. asking if we have places to take anglers this time of year. Well, I am here …Read More

Rod Holders

I drive around the mountain with rod holders on the front of my truck. Most of the time, they are holding multiple rods. Everyday, I get asked about them. People actually follow me around to get a good look at them. Most can’t believe that they are magnetic. Since so many people are interested, I thought it would be a good thing to put on my blog. I have had …Read More

Being Productive on the Water

Every year, I hear things like “this year is the worst fishing year in the history of fishing!”. Okay, I might have exaggerated that a bit, but I do hear how terrible it supposedly is. As an example, I did a presentation at a club in the mountains a couple of weeks ago and several members came up to me and complained about the fishing. One even said “I bet …Read More