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Throughout Arizona, anglers come into contact with the vivid landscapes and wildlife that characterize the Southwestern United States. Each corner of the state holds unique fishing opportunities giving anglers the chance to target everything from largemouth and smallmouth bass to rainbows, browns, and the ever elusive Apache trout.
In Central Arizona, surrounding the town of Phoenix, some the state?s most popular lakes support healthy populations of largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass, while the Salt River Tailwater gives anglers the opportunity to catch rainbow and brown trout year-round. North-central Arizona holds such fly fishing gems as the Oak Creek Canyon with its breathtaking scenery often compared to the Grand Canyon and its challenging brown and rainbow trout fishing in pristine pools. The Black River flows through east-central Arizona and is where the country?s only population of wild apache trout reside. Those who want a glimpse of what the West was like pre-settlement will want to fish stretches of the Colorado River in Southwestern Arizona where the land is just as it was, and where trophy-sized largemouth bass can be caught in the river?s backwaters.
Year-round fishing can be found all throughout Arizona, especially in the lower elevation lakes, streams, and tailwaters. Winter slows down much of the fishing in higher elevation locations like the White Mountains, whereas summer takes temperatures to unbearable heights in the state?s more desert regions.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Arizona
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of