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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

Derek and Jules

Derek and Jules

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 around. I would rather not stress them if it is avoidable. Derek came in from Michigan and he had limited fly fishing experience. His only goal of the day was to catch his first rainbow trout.  He more than accomplished this goal.

We started finding fish in a channel that comes into the east side of the lake. I had him stripping a black and red simi seal leech with a type II sinking line. This picked up his first rainbow.  We moved and I rowed him along the bank and had him cast to the edge. We were using a type VII fast sinking line with a tan and orange bunny leech. This proved to be a very successful combination. The reason we went with a fast sinking line is I wanted the fly to drop fast once it came off the shelf and into deeper water. You can cast and strip immediately and don’t have to wait for the line and fly to sink. This works great when you are rowing along a bank. It is more efficient.

During the trip we had the opportunity to work on improving casting and hook setting techniques. It was another great day on the water. I am looking forward to guiding Derek again in the future.

Derek's First Rainbow Trout

Derek’s First Rainbow Trout

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.

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