Hello everyone, it’s been a while since we have published a blog. Victor and I are rolling into our 7th year guiding Oak Creek here in Sedona. It’s been a journey of exploration, experience, and appreciation. Just a quick note to thank all of our returning clients and our new clients we have met and had the pleasure of fly fishing with. We are excited about 2019, here’s why:
The “Winter” season here in Northern Arizona has been a very wet one. The wettest one we’ve experienced in years. We received 15″ of snow in town, February 21st – 23rd. This is good for two reasons; one we needed the moisture for the high desert, two Oak Creek needed a good flush. Water levels reached flood stage at 14,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) mid February, and has been a rollercoaster for 30 days.
The high flows have restructured the creek. There are drastic improvements in flow along Oak Creek. Debris and sediment has been washed out onto the banks. This is evident from Uptown all the way up to Pine Flats Campground. Boulders the size of Matt McFee’s old Prius have been dislodged and replaced forming new runs, pillows and chutes. New freestone shelves and riffles have popped up along the way. This is exciting for getting clients out, almost like fishing “new” water.
In our experience over the years, water events like this lead to hungry brown trout. Brown trout as a species are territorial, but do travel to feed. Some fish may have moved downstream and more than likely have stayed in the same pool. Trout do feed in high water, they have to. Food sources come rushing by and get dumped into slack water where these guys and gals hold up during the flood. Do they eat more? I doubt it. They will be on the hunt when the water comes down! Arizona Game and Fish resumes stocking Mid-March with rainbow trout along Oak Creek. Lots of opportunity to get bent!
Our may fly hatch is one of the best in the Western US, which really cranks up in April and May, along with Caddis and Grey Drakes. If you haven’t booked your Sedona Fly Fishing trip, please head over to the website and book now! We are pretty much booked for the spring, but have select dates available for you and your family. We take all levels of anglers from beginners to expert level. Make your trip to Red Rock country one to remember!
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Brian and Victor
Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures