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Westslope
01-07-2010, 08:51 PM
Hey all,

I haven't posted here in awhile, but I thought some folks might be interested in a fly fishing blog I've started up. It will focus primarily on Arizona stream fishing, since my wife and I moved to Flagstaff back in August, but it also recounts a bunch of fishing adventures over the past spring and summer, through a number of states. I'm still working on getting the entries up to date, but check it out, if you're interested, here is the address: http://oakcreekangler.blogspot.com

By the way, I just fished Oak Creek, my new home water near Flagstaff, a few days ago--caught several wild Browns during a BWO hatch, including a lovely 18" hen on a #20 olive parachute sparkle dun...not bad for early January!

Tight lines, Iain

ChemEAngler
01-07-2010, 10:41 PM
Beautiful area you live in. I vacationed there two years ago, and took my fly fishing gear along with me. However, Oak Creek looked like chocolate milk the entire time I was there due to heavy snowfall and rain prior to our arrival.

Next time I am out that way, I am planning on trying for some Apache trout.

Westslope
01-08-2010, 05:40 PM
Hey Travis, sorry to hear that Oak Creek was out of shape when you visited...it is a wonderful stream when running clear, with more wild, spooky Browns than some folks realize.

I caught a few native Apaches this summer for the first time, they are beautiful trout, and often in scenic settings to match; I intend to pursue them more next season. If you need some suggestions on where to look for them, let me know...

Tight lines, Iain

BlueRaiderFan
01-08-2010, 05:59 PM
Wow, beautiful. I would love to fish that stream. I'm now "following" your blog.

Westslope
01-09-2010, 09:58 PM
BlueRaiderFan,
Thanks for checking out the blog, glad you enjoy it, I'll try to post on a regular basis. Yeah, the scenery around that stream can be pretty spectacular. If you do happen to be in northern AZ to fish Oak Creek, let me know, and I'll try and point you in the right direction...
Iain

BlueRaiderFan
01-10-2010, 12:52 AM
Ian, will do. Never thought about AZ as a fishing destination, but now I do!

WVBrookie
01-10-2010, 10:00 AM
Aboslutely amazing! I really enjoyed your Alaska recap!

I haven't gone beyond the Alaska reports, have you caught the Apache trout in the eastern area of the state? They are on my "life list" and I had planned to add them in 2009 but...crap happens!

Chris

Westslope
01-10-2010, 01:18 PM
Hey Chris,
I'm glad you like the blog, and yeah, I did catch a few Apaches, they are beautiful fish; I just posted an entry on the Black River in eastern AZ that includes a section on them. I intend to pursue them more this coming season. If you intend to head out in search of Apache trout, and need some suggestions on places to go, let me know...
Iain

Apache Trout
01-14-2010, 10:16 PM
Hey Westslope,
My wife and I live in Connecticut but want to move there someday and retire in the Flagstaff area. Been out there many times. Love it out there.
I'm on AZ Fly & Tie site too.
Plan on bringing the fly rod with me on our next trip in 2011. Haven't been there since 2001. 10 long years. I miss the beer at Mogollon Brewery. ;-)
I'll be in touch before we head out for some advice if that's OK.
Enjoy it out there!
A.T.
PS. KILLER BLOG!!!!!

Kytroutbum
01-15-2010, 12:41 AM
Those of you with experience in Arizona. I'm going to be in the area to the southeast of Tucson down toward the border in Early May. We'll be hiking and camping in the mountains and desert. Being extremely unfamiliar with the area is there any fishing in the Mountains of Southeast Arizona?

Randall Sale
The Kytroutbum

Westslope
01-15-2010, 02:12 AM
Apache Trout,
I'm glad you like the blog, and yeah, Flagstaff is a great spot; my wife and I love living there. I'll have to check out the AZ Fly & Tie site as well, I haven't yet. And feel free to contact me for fly fishing advice; I'll do my best and try to provide useful information!

Randall (aka Kytroutbum),
I haven't fished down in SE Arizona (yet), but I plan to in the near future. Some isolated small streams do exist in several mountain ranges down there, including the Santa Catalina Mtns just NE of Tucson, and the much larger Chiracahuas, towards the SE corner of the state. Some of these streams are supposed to contain trout, particularly the headwaters of Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalinas (self-sustaining Browns, although not easy to access, from what I've heard, but probably your best bet on finding a thriving trout population). As for the Chiracahuas (and I suspect you might be hiking around here, from what you wrote), the entire range is supposed to be rugged and beautiful, and there may be several trout-bearing streams, although a fire back in 1994 likely decimated pretty much all of them, according to a fishing guide I've poured through...Good luck, let me know how you do, and shoot me an e-mail if you need more info!

Tight lines, Iain

donwinn
01-15-2010, 10:17 AM
Westslope,

I fished that stream twice. I have attended a couple of conferences in Phoenix and stayed over for the weekend. It is a beautiful place and I had a lot of success the first time I went. The second trip was later in the year and temperatures had dropped dramatically Friday so fishing Saturday was cold and slow. It is a beautiful place.

What did you use to create you blog? It looks great!

Westslope
01-15-2010, 04:21 PM
Hey Don,

Thanks for the positive response on the blog--I just used a template (one of the more spare templates, with the black background; this one seems to showcase the photos more, in my mind) through the Blogger site, and tinkered with it a bit to my preferences.

As you said, Oak Creek is a beautiful place, and can provide some solitude and wildness, despite the crowds that can descend in certain spots, throughout much of the summer. The fishing can be fickle there, productive at times, and stingy at others; often challenging yet rewarding, especially for the wild Browns...I feel pretty fortunate to have easy access to such a gem of a trout stream.

Iain

Apache Trout
01-17-2010, 10:43 AM
Thanks Iain.
I'll be in touch and I'm sure any of your advice will be useful.
Keep up the great work on the blog.
Thanks again.
A.T.