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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 by the way they would attack a fly, I could tell that they don’t get much pressure from anglers.

Two of these streams I fished on my way back from the valley. I have no idea what the names of these places are but in reality, it doesn’t really matter. They were tight, brushy and getting your fly to hit the water was sometimes difficult.

Unknown Small Stream

Unknown Small Stream

Yesterday, I had a guide trip with a good customer of mine, Todd. There was a third stream that I wanted to explore so I asked if he was up to checking out some unknown water. I had driven past it and knew it was fairly open and had a lot of water in it. I also knew that he had the casting ability to handle small water like this. We hit the road and after an hour of driving back into the reservation, we came to our target.

Remote Small Stream

Remote Small Stream

We hiked down about a mile and fished our way up. We had a lot of action. These were very aggressive little fish in a place that felt like no one had been there in some time. There is no trail, no trash and no real sign of humans. We left it as we found it and I can’t wait to go back.

Todd with a Small Stream Brown

Todd with a Small Stream Brown

For me, this is what fly fishing is all about-finding remote places where few people fish. Sometimes you get to these places and there is no water even though it looks like a viable stream. Other times, you find beautiful wild gems that are waiting to eat your fly.

We live in a state with thousands of miles of small streams. Some of them are easy to access and others take some effort. When you take the time to explore, you never know what you will find.

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About Cinda Howard

Cinda Howard has been an Arizona fly fishing guide for several years. She’s spent her whole life fishing and picked up a fly rod in 1996. She worked for the Orvis Company as a Fly Fishing Manager for eight years before branching off and starting her own business in 2012. Cinda spends a considerable amount of time instructing people on the sport of fly fishing. Cinda has been featured in several fly fishing articles and books (“Fly Fisher’s Guide to Arizona” by Will Jordan, “Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide” by Arizona Highways and Arizona Game and Fish Department) as an expert on fly fishing Arizona. She is extremely passionate not only about fly fishing but also about teaching others. She hosts trips all across the world and has taken customers fly fishing in Alaska, Belize, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and The Bahamas. Cinda loves to fish for trout, steelhead, pike, carp, bonefish, tarpon and anything else that will eat a fly. She is a past President of Desert Fly Casters and is a Zane Grey Trout Unlimited board member.

One Response to "Exploring New Water"

  • Peter Rosas
    August 31, 2015 - 7:52 pm Reply

    Inspirational, Thank you!

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