Vic and I had some downtime in the guiding this week, so we ventured to a beautiful area just outside of Cottonwood, AZ. Tuzigoot National Monument NPS. We didn’t make it to the pueblo built by the Sinagua people in 1000 AD, but we did find an adventure! We were greeted by an inspiring Bald Eagle among the 50 foot towering cliffs, near the bird sanctuary lies some impressive water of the Verde River. We arrived around noon not knowing what to expect, what we got was an unimproved BLM road leading to the cliffs. After much pondering and hiking with no way down, we stumbled across a crevice leading to the enticing water! After a few cast of the fly rod we knew we had struck pay dirt! A nice 14 inch Roundtail Chub on a green Krystal Bugger. We headed downstream to access across the 60 yard expanse of the Verde. Wide open casting provided hours of catching and practicing slinging a country mile! At 230pm a nice hatch of what we thought were Cahill’s appeared and the fish community went berserk! Shaking to tie on a dry fly was nerve racking, you know that feeling to get the line in the water quickly! We continued to catch the Roundtail all day. From local reports there are trout, we are still on the hunt and have place this trip on our weekly schedule!