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Spring Fishing

Things are slowly opening up in the White Mountains and fishing is turning on. We had a few cold and snowy days which dropped the water temps and turned some things off but that should only be temporary as air temperatures are headed back up.

Dave on the Little Colorado

On Tuesday, I hit the West Fork of the Black River close to the headwaters with Dave from Oakland, CA. We fished in sleet and snow for a couple of hours with water temps approaching 40 degrees. Fishing was slow so we headed down in elevation to the Little Colorado and got into some great fishing. Dave caught several wild browns and rainbows. There aren’t a lot of places to catch wild rainbows in Arizona but we found some in a remote wilderness area.

On Monday, Steve and I spent a few hours at the X Diamond Ranch catching some beautiful rainbows. With the runoff and the Greer Lakes full, the flow is just about perfect. Steve nymphed while I threw a streamer and we both caught a good number of fish.

The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest will be opening HWY 273 on Friday, April 15th which will allow better access to lakes and streams. You can view all of the road info here.

Jules watching Steve net an X Diamond Rainbow

Jules watching Steve net an X Diamond Rainbow

A beautiful wild Brown

A beautiful wild Brown










Small stream fishing should be good from now through mid November. It’s time to plan a trip.

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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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