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Trout as Long as Your Leg

It was a normal morning that started off like every other guide trip. I was guiding Todd from Connecticut and picked him up at the Lazy Trout Motel at 7:30 am. We stopped off at Circle K for coffee and were on our way. Todd really got to see what Arizona has to offer. On our route, we saw Bighorn Sheep, deer, and Elk. While on the road to the …Read More

Sinking Lines for Stillwater Fishing

When we first get into the sport of fly fishing, we usually end up with a floating line. These work great for dry fly fishing, nymphing and midge fishing under an indicator in lakes. But, there are often times when we need to cover depth and strip streamers and nymphs. When fishing lakes having a variety of sinking lines will greatly increase your catch. You can buy sinking lines in …Read More

First Guide Trip of 2017

The first guide trip of the year went great. If you read my last post about winter fishing, you know Becker was iced over. I happened to drive passed it last week and found it to be clear. This opened up an opportunity for a guide trip. I have been avoiding Silver Creek since it had a significant fish kill and there still appears to be some sick fish hanging …Read More

Winter Fishing

Fishing in the winter can be a little tricky. If you are going to a lake, like Becker for example, you never know what it is going to look like when you get there. Two days ago, I was driving passed it so decided to stop and see what the conditions were. I found that it was mostly clear of ice. I could launch but would need to break through …Read More

Fishing Reports

Reports are something people often depend on before going to a fishing location. Some of us get these reports from our local Game and Fish offices, fishing websites and other anglers. This may sound odd but I don’t put a lot of stake in them unless they come from someone who I know is a good angler that spends a lot of time on the water. By a lot of …Read More

Flourocarbon Versus Monofilament

I was just talking to a friend and he was asking about flourocarbon and if I think it is really worth the extra cost. We also talked about when to use flourocarbon versus mono. As with anything, there’s good and bad with both. The theory behind flouro is it disappears in the water which gives the angler an advantage. In reality, it doesn’t completely disappear but it is as close …Read More

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

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