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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 time, I mean multiple days in one location. It is impossible to tell how a lake/ stream or river is fishing by only being there one day.

I spent the past three days on Becker Lake. Friday was one of the better days that I have found on this piece of water. Trout were rising like crazy and eager to eat. In two hours alone, I landed 15 fish. The following day, it was terrible for me. Fished hard and covered a lot of different depths and couldn’t find a fish. I missed a few hits but that was all the action I got. I was fishing with Emerson Craig and he landed one. Yesterday, things changed again. I took my neighbor Fred along with me and we had quite a bit of action. I fished dries with droppers and he spent time stripping soft hackles and fishing indicator rigs. We both got into fish and it was a very productive day. When we came off the water, I talked to another fisherman who I know through a fly fishing club. He landed a bluegill and had one other fish on.

fred-with-a-becker-lake-bowWhat does this mean? This means that fishing not only changes from day to day but also from fisherman to fisherman. If I want to know how a piece of water is fishing, I give it a try and just because I have a bad day doesn’t necessarily mean that the fishing is bad. It could mean that I didn’t find the right flies, depth or that the fish just aren’t feeding at that time. We tend to think fish always eat but that isn’t the case. I have pumped a trout’s stomach and found nothing in it. Eventually, they do have to eat and I hope to be around when that happens and it could turn on the next day.

The phrase “you should have been here yesterday” is true a lot of the time as fishing can change from day to day. If you fish enough, you will experience a lot of those “yesterdays” and can find that just because fishing in a location is bad today, doesn’t mean it will also be bad tomorrow. The only way to really tell what is happening at a fishing location is to go spend time on the water.

Becker Lake Tiger Trout

Becker Lake Tiger Trout

Becker Lake Rainbow

Becker Lake Rainbow

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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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