Fly Fishing the Upper West Fork Outside of Alpine, AZ

Fly Fishing Idaho, Lesser Known River Bitch Creek

Well… I’ll admit it – I routinely get turned on to the greatest fly fishing in the White Mountains area. Our designated dealer Bob Pollock at Greer Land & Investments is a legendary fly fisherman in the Greer space with over 25 years expertise. In addition, my spouse Wendy Krueger has been guiding fly fishing in the Alpine and Greer space for the previous 9 seasons. Between the two of them, they’ve coated as a lot of our surrounding water as anyone else…

I get pleasure from fly fishing tremendously, however I normally gravitate in direction of the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison Rivers in Montana. I like huge water dry fly fishing with a lot of room for my backcast. Unfortunately exterior of Lees Ferry on the Colorado River, there are only a few areas in Arizona that get me actually enthusiastic about fishing. Sure, I’m okay with whiling away the day down on the Lower Black River south of Wildcat Crossing moist fly fishing for Brown Trout – however I’d a lot moderately have floor strikes and many of them. When I really feel the urge to snag just a few massive hook jaw Brown Trouts off an Elk Hair Caddis, I head to the Upper West Fork of the Black River.

Directions – From Alpine take US 191 (previously US666) north of city 1 mile and switch off at Big Lake Road or Forest Road 249. Travel west roughly 16 miles previous the Sierra Blanca Ranch, then the Three Forks Area to Forest Road 249E. Continue travelling west previous the Indian Springs path head, round the again facet of Big Lake previous South Cove, down an enormous hill to the junction of Forest Road 116. Turn left (west once more) on Forest Road 116, you may drop into the drainage with an previous cabin in your proper, proceed one other 1/three mile and there shall be a Forest Service Ramada parking space. Directly south 100 yards shall be the Thompson Trail path head and the Upper West Fork of the Black River.

There is a culvert proper at the street which is okay for a dip of the line, however I like to move straight south down the path. After 1/Four mile there shall be a fish barrier to guard the Apache Trout, you can’t fish on this space, journey one other 1/three mile and there shall be one other fish barrier, you might start fishing under this space. Everybody likes to fish slightly in another way, my type is to hike way back to I really feel like that day – then start fishing again up river towards the stream.

I typically hike for 45 minutes down the path which is about three miles. The first 1.5 miles of the hike is pretty wooded alongside the river, there shall be a small meadow opening, then the meadow will speak in confidence to a bigger meadow. Continue south alongside the Thompson Trail which is definitely an previous railroad grade, about midway via the huge meadow the path will dip down low (most likely an previous bridge location). Hike via the dip and after just a few hundred yards you’ll discover that the path veers off to the west, start mountain climbing cross nation straight throughout the meadow in a southeasterly course. You shall be travelling barely downhill and angling towards the apparent backside of the meadow.

There is a superb tenting and picnic spot the place the meadow ends and that is the place I normally assemble my rod. If I’m travelling alone, I carry a sidearm, an previous behavior from Montana. I’m typically concentrating a lot on the water that I’ll stroll up and startle a bear or mountain lion… (though I’ve had no experiences myself with these critters on this space). If we have been getting loads of rain, particularly throughout monsoon the swimming pools are fairly cloudy. These are good for just a few casts, however I’ve had much better luck casting straight upstream, normally round corners on my facet of the stream, and having my dry fly float blindly alongside the edge of the river. I routinely catch good Brown Trout on this method utilizing a spread of flys together with hoppers. I typically fish the total massive and small meadows in about 2 hours and catch and launch fairly just a few fish.

If you need to fish this space efficiently, you should be an early riser. I wish to be on the water round 6AM. This means I depart Alpine about 4:30AM in the summer time, drive for 45 minutes after which hike in for 45 minutes. I’ve tried fishing the space later in the morning and in the afternoon with restricted success. I determine in case your aim is to catch fish, you need to be there once they’re feeding.

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