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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

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

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

Exploring New Water

When was the last time you looked at a map, found some water you wanted to explore and then hit the road? For me this was twice in the past week. These were streams on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and places I have never heard anyone talk about. I was in search of wild Apache trout but ended up finding a lot of browns. These fish were beautiful and …Read More

Outdoor Show

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Arizona Get Outdoors Expo is happening at Westworld in N. Scottsdale. Hours are Friday 2pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm to 4pm. At the door, tickets cost $10 for Scottsdale residents, $15 for non residents, kids 12 and under and all military folk get in free. You can purchase discounted tickets  and enter code AZGF to get 50% off when purchased online. …Read More

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.- Lao Tzu I have a pair of wading boots that I purchased about 10 years ago. They have been thousands of miles in places like Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Vermont to name a few. They have seen some pretty amazing things. These aren’t just an ordinary pair of boots. They have witnessed a great change in my life. They …Read More

Streamer Techniques

It seems that I am never done talking about streamer fishing. It is something that few anglers seem to understand when it comes to small streams. My approach might be a little different than others but it works if you want to catch big fish. My favorite streamers are always black, have rubber legs, and are heavily weighted. If it isn’t difficult to cast with a 5 weight, it isn’t …Read More

Fishing in July

July is upon us and as usual and fishing is still good but you have to know where to go. Some of the lakes are experiencing some pretty warm temperatures. A couple of weeks ago Christmas Tree was measuring 69 degrees and that is getting a little warm for Apache trout. I have stopped running trips there because catching trout in that warm of water puts too much stress on …Read More

Christmas Tree Lake

I know it has been over a month since wrote a blog post and I apologize for not keeping things current. I spent about 25 days on the water in May so time got away from me. I was also having a tough time coming up with something to write about. That changed when I went to Christmas Tree Lake with Steve and some friends of ours, Phil and Nancy.  Christmas …Read More