Fly Fishing the Higher West Fork Outdoors of Alpine, AZ

Effectively… I am going to admit it – I routinely get turned on to the most effective fly fishing within the White Mountains area. Our designated dealer Bob Pollock at Greer Land & Investments is a legendary fly fisherman within the Greer space with over 25 years expertise. As well as, my spouse Wendy Krueger has been guiding fly fishing within the Alpine and Greer space for the previous 9 seasons. Between the 2 of them, they’ve lined as a lot of our surrounding water as anyone else…

I take pleasure in fly fishing tremendously, however I normally gravitate in the direction of the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison Rivers in Montana. I like huge water dry fly fishing with loads of room for my backcast. Sadly outdoors of Lees Ferry on the Colorado River, there are only a few areas in Arizona that get me actually enthusiastic about fishing. Positive, I am okay with whiling away the day down on the Decrease Black River south of Wildcat Crossing moist fly fishing for Brown Trout – however I would a lot slightly have floor strikes and loads of them. After I really feel the urge to snag just a few giant hook jaw Brown Trouts off an Elk Hair Caddis, I head to the Higher West Fork of the Black River.

Instructions – From Alpine take US 191 (previously US666) north of city 1 mile and switch off at Massive Lake Highway or Forest Highway 249. Journey west roughly 16 miles previous the Sierra Blanca Ranch, then the Three Forks Space to Forest Highway 249E. Proceed travelling west previous the Indian Springs path head, across the again aspect of Massive Lake previous South Cove, down an enormous hill to the junction of Forest Highway 116. Flip left (west once more) on Forest Highway 116, you may drop into the drainage with an outdated cabin in your proper, proceed one other 1/three mile and there shall be a Forest Service ramada parking space. Straight south 100 yards would be the Thompson Path path head and the Higher West Fork of the Black River.

There’s a culvert proper on the street which is okay for a dip of the road, however I like to move instantly south down the path. After 1/Four mile there shall be a fish barrier to guard the Apache Trout, you can not fish on this space, journey one other 1/three mile and there shall be one other fish barrier, it’s possible you’ll start fishing under this space. Everyone likes to fish just a little in a different way, my fashion is to hike way back to I really feel like that day – then start fishing again up river in opposition to the stream.

I usually hike for 45 minutes down the path which is about three miles. The primary 1.5 miles of the hike is pretty wooded alongside the river, there shall be a small meadow opening, then the meadow will confide in a bigger meadow. Proceed south alongside the Thompson Path which is definitely an outdated railroad grade, about midway via the massive meadow the path will dip down low (most likely an outdated 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 climbing cross nation instantly throughout the meadow in a southeasterly route. You may be travelling barely downhill and angling towards the apparent backside of the meadow.

There’s a nice tenting and picnic spot the place the meadow ends and that is the place I normally assemble my rod. If I am travelling alone, I carry a sidearm, an outdated behavior from Montana. I am usually concentrating a lot on the water that I could 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 a whole lot 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 instantly upstream, normally round corners on my aspect of the stream, and having my dry fly float blindly alongside the sting of the river. I routinely catch good Brown Trout on this method utilizing a wide range of flys together with hoppers. I usually fish the whole giant and small meadows in about 2 hours and catch and launch fairly just a few fish.

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