Within the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, there are over 400 miles of cold clear running creeks, streams, and small rivers on the White Mountain Apache Tribe Reservation alone, and much more off the reservation. Streams and rivers of note include The Black river with its multiple forks and tributaries, the smaller White River as well as the Little Colorado River, and dozens and dozens of small feeder streams, creeks, and springs. Most of all hold catchable trout and some harbor native Apache and Gila trout unique to our part of the world and sections of the larger streams can hold really big Brown trout. (think the Black River).
Access to these streams ranges from as easy as driving up and starting fishing to the need to scale some serious canyon terrain and backpack in and out. It goes without saying the further out there you get the better the fishing can be. When you are out deep in the backcountry be prepared and have your wits about you, bring WATER (lots of it) and have a filtration set up, Summer brings heavy monsoon rains, wild animals, wild country, and big wild fish. Tribal permits are required to fish on the Reservation. This country is high altitude and likely snowed in with closed roads for the winter. look for a report update this early spring and never hesitate to call or stop by the shop for the latest reports and details. Check out Will Jordan’s book “A Flyfisher’s Guide To Arizona” for some great detailed info on this region and all of Arizona.
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- Umpqua Steamboat Sling Pack
- Rod/Reel: Winston Pure 7’6″ 3wt
- Smith Polarized Sunglasses
- Terrestriel patters like CFO Ants
- Hippie Stompers
- Rios Juicy Hopper Small Streamers
- Hot Head Squirle Leeches and Bunny Leeches Nymphs
- Olsens Blowtourch and Pheasent Tails