Fishing Report

White Mountain Streams

What you need to know

At a glance

Within the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona there 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 it’s multiple forks and tributaries, the smaller White River as well as Little Colorado River, and dozens and dozens of small feeder streams, creeks and springs. Most or all hold catchable trout and some harbor native Aapche 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 drive up and start 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 back country 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, 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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  • 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
Water Levels
  • Umpqua Steamboat Sling Pack
  • Rod/Reel: Winston Pure 7’6″ 3wt
  • Smith Polarized Sunglasses

Mother Nature’s Mood

What to expect

Expect temperatures in the mid-low 90s during the day and dropping into the mid-60s at night. Rain is likely during this time of the year, so pack accordingly and expect to get wet!

creek fly fishing
The Simms sling pack is perfect for fishing these streams. Light and maneuverable…we love this pack!
We’ve seen a lot success with dry flies like this Elk Hair Caddis.
These streams can get tight so the 7ft 3wt by Douglas may be the perfect rod for them.

Stop guessing which gear to bring

We admit it, the gear doesn’t make the angler…but it definitely helps. The right equipment takes your day on the water from great, to great. Visit us in the shop, online, or by phone to gear up for your next trip (602) 354-8881


  • Umpqua Steamboat Sling Pack
  • Rod/Reel: Winston Pure 7’6″ 3wt
  • Smith Polarized Sunglasses
Is fishing good

White Mountain Streams

Fishing is as good as it will be all year All seasonal waterways are open to fishing Try Fishing single drys on small streams.

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