We have been very lucky this winter with our temperature in Sedona through 2014. Highs reaching mid to upper 60’s has kept the fishing good. Deeper nymph rigs and dry-dropper rigs have proven to still be catching fish. The Brown Trout spawn took place a little earlier than expected and the bite has resumed, with quite a few hold over Rainbow trout still in the Canyon. Water temps are hovering around 42-48 degrees. No snow in Flagstaff is making us wonder if we will have a run off mid-March or not. The creek does seem to be up about 6 inches and flowing really clear. Victor and I have taken a few trips and guides to the Verde River as well this winter. The Verde has not disappointed as we have been catching a lot of trout in combination with some aggressive Roundtails. Silver Creek has been fishing great as well, huge Rainbows and awesome Apache Trout! Over the last 3 months we have had clients from 10 states and 3 different countries! All have been a pleasure to guide and a lot of fun to fish with.
What does a full time fly fishing guide do during Winter months? Although we have had numerous guides, Victor and I have been keeping busy tying up flies for the upcoming Spring kick-off and what else….fishing. A lot of research and development goes into running a guide service believe it or not. Figuring out hatches from our notes on previous seasons, working with our vendors, and streamlining the processes that go into booking a rewarding trip for our clients. Victor is teaching a Fly Fishing 101 course in Cottonwood at Olli College which is full of great information and a must if you would like to get into Fly Fishing and don’t know where to begin. Sign up to learn from one of the best in the business at Olli College! Throughout the winter I have met some great people in the industry and in Arizona. Check out Jason and Kristen over at AZ By the Fly, they have a great blog and cool website. Look for our Carp Commander Adventure coming soon with Ryan Russell from Phoenix!
We look forward to our upcoming guide with Cabela’s, next month, as they shoot a great instructional tutorial on fly fishing with Victor and I on Oak Creek, pictures and videos to follow. March – May are starting to fill up as it is one of our busiest seasons, be sure to inquire and book your trip in advance!
Here are a few shots from the last couple months! Enjoy and tight lines!