Home :: News archive


Store closing

The store will be closed Sept 21 to Oct 1.  I will be up in Idaho and Montana. 

Orders will be processed in the order they are received when I return.

Fishing is turning on up here again.  Big, Becker, Earl Park and Sunrise all are reporting good fishing again.  Fall's coming.

Go fish!


Rain, Rain, Rain


The Monsoon officially hit the White's July 5th and has been really strong so far....at least at my place.  I have had rain every day since the 5th....sometimes steady and sometimes the typical Monsoon downpour.  Hopefully it will continue and help replenish our depleted watersheds with some much needed water. 

Fishing has slowed considerably.  With the closure of the Eastern side of the Rez, fishing has been rather limited.  Big is still putting out good cutt's but you may have to go a bit deeper than earlier.  Becker is holding a lot of good fish but fishing has been spotty.  Recent ant hatches have not really turned the fish on like before.  Not quite sure what is oging on there but fishing an ant this time of year is always a good choice.

Streams are all low, making fishing more difficult.  Sounds pretty bleak, I know.  But let's hope the rains keep coming.  It's what we need.


The store will be closing Wed, June 27 to Monday July 1.  I will be fishing up in Colorado. 

Orders will be processed in the order they were recieved when I return.


Good fishing






The Monsoon has hit the high country.  It used to be the Monsoon was offcially here when the dew point hit a certain point for three consecutive days.  Recently they put a firm date to the start of it...June 15.  Well, it hit the high country two days early this year.  Show Low hasn't had it yet but the high lakes got a smattering and heavy stuff is forecast for this weekend...none too soon.

We have been hitting Big Lake the past few weeks with some good sucess.  The bite is constantly changing but we have landed cutt's up to 21"-22" with the average being about 16".  I haven't hit Sunrise.  It is lower than I have ever seen but I see fishermen so they must be catching fish...and probably good ones.

Carnero is reallly low and Becker is it's usual self...good one day and off the next. Not really a lot to report. With the Rez closures fishing is somewhat limited.  Let's hope the Monsoon brings a lot of rain and little lightning.

Low water

Low Water

Summer will be here shortly and unfortunately low water conditions are already here.  This is one season where hitting the mountain early is almost a must if you want decent fishing.  Right now Big, Sunrise, Carnero, Becker... to name a few, are fishing well.  All have good sized holdover fish in them...along with the early season plantings of stockers.  Not sure how they'll fare if we don't get a decent Monsoon....and soon.

Pray for rain.....Hit it now!



I believe Spring has arrived.  It was in the low 40's at my place the past two mornings.  Last week I had some mornings that were still in the 20's?

I'm pretty sure all the lakes are open and some have been for awhile.  The back roads will still be blocked off or snowbound but there is plenty of water to hit up here right now.  There should be some very good fish early on.  I doubt there is any winterkill and we had some good fish at the end of last season.  There should be legitimate 20" Tigers coming out this year.

All the lakes will be low with very little runoff this year.  Bodes for an early but short season as some of the lakes will undoubtedly suffer with algae blooms.

The bass lakes are going to be impacted as well.  I was on Rosey yesterday and the entire lake bottom where I fished was covered in moss and an algae bloom was on the surface already.  Fish were still active and playful and the water clarity is excellent under the bloom.

Hit it now...may be a short season


We're finally getting some weather up here on the hill.  Started raining at my place 2 a.m. this morning.  Still going at it pretty good and it's supposed to keep up...getting colder and turning to snow later today and tonight.  The top is getting a good hit of snow now and none too soon.

This could be the perfect scenario....a mild Winter with little ice and snow so the weeds keep growing and then a late BIG dump of snow for the added moisture this Spring.  Let's hope it just keeps coming or our upcoming trout season could be pretty short lived.

Closing holidays

The store will be closed for the holidays from Dec 20 to Jan 3.  Orders will be processed in the order they are received.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year

Let's hope 2018 is good to us all and we get a BUNCH of snow this Winter

Go fishing!


Back from a very successful trip to Mag Bay.  Store is open and all back orders are being processed.  I had an unusually large amount of orders this trip so be patient.  I'm on it.

21 degrees at my place this morning.  That means your best chance to get the biggest trout of the season is from now until iceup. 

Bass/stripers right around the corner.

store closing

Store is closing Nov 8th-17th.  I will be down in Magdalena Bay chasing marlin, dorado, tuna, wahoo and snook and anything else that wants to play.  Orders will be processed when I return in the order they are received.

Hope you're fishing somewhere.



store open

Back from a great trip to Henry's.  Store is back open.  Still plenty of good fishing going on up here and Winter bass/striper fishing is right around the corner....love this time of year!!! 

Store closing

Store closing Oct 4-15

The store will be closing Oct 4-15.  I am heading up to Henry's Lake with a group of guys.  Orders will be processed in the order they are received when I return.


Good fishing....it's starting to turn on up here.



Dog Days

Dog Days are here but fishing's still good in certain lakes.  I'm hearing some good reports on some of the streams as well.  Monsoons are still active and it's starting to cool some.  Lakes have more water in them than in the past 3-4 years so should be a very good Fall.  Best of all...Summer crowds are gone

Store open

Our Antero trip fell through.  Store is open...ready to fill your order



store closing

The store will be closed July 28-Aug 2.  I am heading to Antero for some good rainbow fishing.  Orders will be processed when I return in the order they are received.

Good tying/fishing





The monsoon seems to be trying to get here a bit soon this year.  I've had several good afternoon cloudbursts come through my area here in Show Low.  The higher lakes are getting hit as well.  Lakes are still up and looking good except for a minor algae bloom on Sunrise.

I have been able to get out the past couple weeks with trips to Big and Carnero.  Both are doing well.  When the clouds came we caught Tigers and rainbows on top with caddis last weekend.  That's always a treat.  Subsurface they were eating damsels and leeches really hard.  Becker is as usual...good one day and not the next.  Gonna hit Crescent this week.  See if reports are as good as what I'm hearing.  I'm actually not hearing bad reports from anywhere.  It's been awhile that we had choices of where we wanted to fish....always nice to have water!!!!

I'll try and do a better job of reporting now that I can get on the water.



Store open again

Store Open Again

It has been a couple weeks since surgery and I am able to get around somewhat.  I am getting past orders out today and can continue to process new ones on a limited basis.  It may not go out that day but I am working on it.


Thanks for your support and patience



Store closing

The store will be closing for a short time Friday May 12.  I am scheduled for total knee surgery and will be down for an unspecified amount of time.  I've been told I'll be up and around pretty quickly.  Hope they're right.

Orders will be processed in the order they are received when I return

Good fishing




Water, Water, Water

Az's high lakes have more water in them this season than I have seen in the past 5-6 years.  The island on Sunrise has just a few weeds visible above the water.  There is water on the south end of the lake again.  Crescent is full (or at least close to it).  Big has risen 12"-14" vertical inches.  There is water 6' up the ramp at Railroad Cove.  Carnero and Becker are full. 

Take advantage while we can.  Who knows how long this will last.  Our lakes/fish needed this badly......GO FISH


The shop will be closed April 5-12.  I will be tying at the Wasatch Fly Tying Expo in Sandy, Utah....then taking a few days off fishing my way back.  When I return orders will be processed in the order they are received.

Hope you're fishing



High Lakes

High Lakes

It feels like an early Spring up here....at least right now.  Some of the lakes are fishing already.  Horseshoe is open and some nice browns are showing up.  Becker has been fishing for a few weeks now and is putting out nice rainbows and at least one 16" Tiger (this is a second hand fishermen's report....so you make your own call on that one)  Anyway you look at it...it must have been a nice Tiger.  Luna is open as well and probably held the biggest rainbows on the hill last year.  Should be one to hit for sure early before the weeds start to take over.

Spring bass is in full swing so lots to do.  Go do it!

Goodbye Crutches

Goodbye Crutches

Happy to say I am off the crutches as of yesterday.  Good job Doc!  I definitely recommend arthroscopy over total knee replacement ....if you can get away with it. 

I am back in business and filling back orders.  Give me a little time but your orders are coming.


Thanks for your patience....already have my next outing planned.  Look out bass.




I had knee surgery this past week so there will be a delay in filling orders for a couple weeks....hopefully less.  I'm on crutches so don't have the mobility to do much.


Sorry for the inconvenience.  They will go out in the order they are received and I will get on them as soon as I can.


Thanks for your patience



Merry Christmas


Here's wishing everyone a safe, peaceful, enjoyable holiday season.  It seems to come a little quicker every year....but I guess that's a good thing.  I am having my boys here and looking forward to the possibility of a white Christmas this year.

I will be staying open with no fishing planned until after the holidays.  Look for some new colors in materials coming and some new patterns as well in 2017.  2017????   Seems like Y2K was just yesterday. 

Bass and stripers coming up.  I look forward to it more each year.  I have some new patterns and techniques I am anxious to try.

Hope to see you all on the water.  Let's hope 2017 is going to be great and the snow comes in bunches this Winter.

Store open

Back from another great trip to NY/PA.  The store is open and ready to deliver your flies/tying materials.

Stay safe and good luck on the water.  This time of year I start thinking bass/stripers so there's always some traveling involved. 

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We have a lot to be grateful for.



Store Closing 11/4-11/13

The store will be closed 11/4 to 11/13.  I am heading back to PA /NY for some Winter steelheading and brown trout fishing.

Sat, 11/5, I will be at the grand opening of the new Orvis store in Phoenix at 20th St and Camelback.  I'll be tying some bass and trout flies and discussing the WMLF with several other members.  Come on down and say hello...maybe get a free fly


Fall is Here

Definitely turning up here.  Quite a few mornings have been in the 30's at my place.  I had a bull bugling wake me this morning at 5:24.  Nice way to start the day.

The mountains are turning yellow and orange and the bigger fish are starting to show in the thin water.  Big Lake cutt's are cruising the shallows, surprisingly some still carrying eggs???  Browns are cruising the edges of Horseshoe and Reservation.  No reports on Hawley but you can be sure they didn't get all those big browns out before they lowered it.  Becker  and Carnero are producing some good fish and for the stream lovers...the "C&R" upper section of Silver Creek is open with lots of big brood stock waiting for you.

This Columbus Day weekend is the last of the three dayers so things get much quieter up here from now on.  Time to hit it.  This is your best shot for a big fish up here.

Store is open

Store is Open


Check out the new AMSS Dubbinizer 2 with 6 brand new exciting colors and the 6 most commonly asked for ASS colors customers wanted in AMSS.

Black/Wine, Can Olive, Black Peacock, Firecracker, Halloween, Watermelon/Red, Muddy Water, Dirty Olive, Boysenberry,           Silver Minnow, Black Junebug, Black Magic


Store closing May 31

The store will be closed starting May 31 for a week or two.  I am heading North to Idaho and Montana.  No specific dates or places...just going fishing and visiting relatives.

Orders will be shipped in the order they are received when I return.

Go fishing!


Store is Open

Back from a great show is Idaho Falls.  Good to see some old friends, meet some new ones and find some new fishing holes.  But I'm always glad to get back to AZ.  Time to put away the bass gear and start targeting some trout. 

Not sure what's in store this season.  We had good snow early but our Godzilla El Nino petered out Feb and March.  Hopefully the lakes and streams get some new water and not much winter kill.  Time to find out.

Look for some new colors in AZ Mega Simi Seal and a new dubbinizer box to store them.  Always tinkering with new patterns....gotta see if they'll catch fish first.