Well….I hope you all enjoy the new site as much as I do. Thanks to web master, Mike McLaughlin for the new look. I know it was a lot of work and I’m sure he’s glad it’s done. Still a few tweaks going on but the majority of the work is behind him.
I have been asked why no reports were going up this past Summer. Our lakes and streams are as low or lower than I have ever seen…and I’ve been fishing up here since the 60’s. I did not feel it was in the best interest of all of us for me to encourage people up. The trout fishing in the lakes was spotty and really took a turn for the worse in August. Big, Carnero and Luna all suffered some kill, not total but bad enough that I left them alone and tried new and different stuff. Surprisingly some of the lakes fished well the whole time…you may have had to use some new techniques but the fish were still there and very healthy. Pacheta and Earl Park fished really well. In fact on Pacheta it was like shooting fish in a barrel. They were really concentrated but in good shape and fought hard.
One good thing that happened was I had to adjust and try different approaches. I am not a real big fan of indicator fishing. I don’t have the patience to watch a bobber to see if it is going to make a move on still water. Moving water is different but let’s not waste time getting into that. I started naked nymphing in earnest and really enjoyed it. I can fish as deep as 25 ft and still feel takes. It makes me feel more like I’m fishing the fly instead of the bobber. On several occasions where others were indicator fishing and catching small fish, I was constantly getting into bigger ones on the bottom….and most importantly…it was fun! I had to make up new flies that rode with the hook up and came up with a new pattern that has worked for me everywhere I have gone…not every time but to the point on several occasions where it was working better than the usual patterns. I caught rainbows, browns, bluegill, smallies and even a walleye on it. You can also strip it if they are chasing.
I was able to hit Show Low lake and fish it the whole month of September when most of our trout lakes were suffering “Dog Days” and did well. The lake was clear and only a 10 minute drive from my house. One of my goals when I moved up here was to try and figure out the local lakes (Show Low and Fools Hollow) for smallies, largies and walleye. I tried hard the first two years and mostly blanked. I caught some fish but really had no pattern as to what I was doing. I feel like I really made some progress this year. It’s nice when you feel you’ve figured something out and you know what to expect when you hit the water. I feel that way a lot with trout but bass are a different story. October hit, the weather cooled and the fish moved. Now I have to go find them again and figure out what will get them to open their mouths. That is the fun of fishing anyway…figuring things out.
We have already had our first good snow up here. More supposed to get here in a couple days. Let’s hope it is a good wet Winter and another and another!!!! I plan on hitting the trout lakes until they get hard and then it’s striper/bass time. You gotta love AZ. There is fishing all year long here. You may have to travel a bit but it’s there….Have a great Fall fishing season.