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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 them and they don’t revive well.

Todd with a Christmas Tree Apache

Todd with a Christmas Tree Apache

So what are the options? Streams are always good this time of year. In most places the water stays cold and with the rainy afternoons they will be a little off color which tends to improve the fishing.

Fly Fishing a Small Stream

Fly Fishing a Small Stream

We are still seeing big browns on streamers and I have had two clients break off big fish over the last week. One of these was on 3x which is about 8 lb tippet. It is never fun when we lose these big fish but it sure does make for a good fish story. We still have some open days in July and we love to teach experienced anglers how to catch big fish in small water.

Brown Trout caught on a Streamer

Brown Trout caught on a Streamer

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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.

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