Please feel free to shop unique Fly Fishing Dojo products wear by clicking on the “SHOP” tab at the top of this page. Noting that, in the past, when I wrote about my summer visits to this urban pond, the population of fisherman increased, for now, I’ll keep this treasure hidden and known only to the hand full of regulars. But, at all times we remained at Coon Bluff. Chloe inspects a bluegill from the rock ledge before release. Wildlife to Watch* Wildlife can best be viewed by leisurely walking or riding along the river, or floating downstream in a kayak or inner tube. The were a few consistent days that exceeded 110 degrees. The best fly pattern on that day was a sparkle shad streamer with a # 16 chartreuse/red scrambled egg nymph. The weather forecast called for a forty percent chance of thunderstorms and much cloud cover. Time to oil reels, change lines, sharpen hooks and the usual pre-season tackle check-up. The sun rose warm promising temperatures approaching a hundred degrees. The Salt holds a few rainbows and brook trout but the prime attractions are the Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat and brown trout in the 10-22 inch range. I've been Bass Fishing at the lower salt river at PIR and havent gotten any yet. use promo code: WCProstaff-JSzmitkowski at checkout for a 5 % discount (not applicable to shipping costs and taxes). These fish are reluctant to take a fly, but were caught using various baits, including hot dogs reported by one fisherman I spoke with. This is a video showing the beautiful Salt River in Arizona. Hopefully, things will turn around in June. Flows were slightly less than the same time in 2013. Arizona, Valley Of The Sun, August, 2011, a record-breaking month for the State of Arizona. Filmed in the surf at Highland Light, North Truro, Cape Cod -SUPARUNPEI link: Filmed in the surf at Highland Light, North Truro, Cape Cod – SEIENCHIN link: Ernest Hemingway from:Lyons, Nick, Hemingway On Fishing, (Nick Lyons Press, New York, NY, 2000) p. 153, originally published as “As Situation Report” in Look magazine, September 4, 1956. Then we moved on. May 15th, that’s the day. Suddenly, the exasperated cavalry officer gave one last warning, “Come out and we can talk, if we come in to get you, its jail!”. Angler Reports are intended to be direct from anglers and are generally posted unedited. and the shoreline surrounding the first one lane bridge on highway 88 (use caution hiking down from the road to the shoreline). 1. May, 2013, Valley of the Sun, the first full month of fishing since my return to the Valley. There are; however, two items of distinction from this month. Fishing the Lower Salt River involves a lot of hiking; moving from location to location in search of fish. As I type this report, I can only imagine the fishing opportunities that I missed. See also: Trout Fishing in Colorado (CO) Here is the water flow chart for the Lower Salt River for the month from WWW.Watershedmonitor.Com. Almost immediately after that one of our team members was diagnosed with stage four cancer. With the Holiday season upon us, I extend to you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.As a small gift, here is a video clip I made of the Fly Fishing Dojo Christmas HO Train layout set to Joe Nichols “Old Toy Trains”. The 200-mile Salt River is a popular spot among Phoenix locals. We often heard “Come out with hands up and we can work this out, if we come in to get you, you’re going to jail.” Here’s a link to the full story: https://flyfishingdojo.com/2014/06/09/match-the-hatch/. No-one that I know has the financial resources to fund such a project. The Siren’s call of “rainbow trout” once again calls anglers to these urban treasures. First, you’re fishing – ‘nuff said. Veteran’s Oasis Lake has a “Solar System Walk” composed of various stone markers along the lake containing photos of facts of the planets and celestial bodies. Year-around, you can take advantage and enjoy the Lower Salt River's trout fishing. We fished that area again on August 19th and it was still closed. I would note that the week of June 20th was the last stocking of rainbow trout for the summer. I did have one heart stopping moment when a large carp chased and was briefly hooked on a # 14 pink san juan worm pattern. . Please see the “GUEST SPEAKING” Page tab above for more information. We started at Coon Bluff Recreation Area. Give the following link a click, and “throw a leg over your bike” and come for a ride. Given my fond memories of fishing this lake last summer, I will make a point of making a few trips to the lake in July. I used various locations in Tonto National Forest, and my favorite fishing locations at the Lower Salt River, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake, as background for the videos. To get your FFD sticker two-pack, simply go to e-bay and search “Fishing stickers-FlyFishing Dojo Logo blog” – do not bid more than the $1.25, I’ll keep listing while supplies last. Strange, but I’ll take it. To break up the pattern of work, we fish . In the photos and video we’re wearing uv protection shirts we purchased from Wicked Catch gear. 'You will miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.' It is a reminder that we, humans, despite our egotistical tendency to believe otherwise, are but one small part of that which is so much larger than us. Again, I fished the dry flies with my 6 foot ultra-light Fenwick Ferrulite fly rod, a 9 foot leader with a 7X or 8X tippet. Sure a fat, jumping largemouth, a big ‘ole catfish or beautiful trout is great, but the simple joy of being on the water in good company – that’s the best. If fish caught and released were the sole criteria for determining the quality of a day on the water, then some days were better than others. I think in the coming months that I’l do a full feature and video on this renovated lake. These lakes are part of an industrial/office park. begins the weather report, “Today’s weather; Christ is gonna be hot!” “One fourteen in Phoenix later, but now, the Talking Heads Burning Down The House.” For my non-fly fishing readers, I note that Di had a few medium bluegill on a white swimmin’ squirt tied on a 1/32 ounce jig head. The fly fishing on the Lower Salt River is known as stocked tailwater from Saguaro Lake (rainbow trout, along with some bass). You can visit their website at http://www.wickedcatchgear.com/fishing-shirts/ But that wasn’t what made the day standout. Conditions : SALT RIVER: Trout stockings usually occur twice a month* through June, making trout fishing in the desert a worthwhile endeavor. Conditions changed often with the increasing heat. You can now arrange for either a fly fishing lecture or lesson with Sensei John, please see the “LESSONS & LECTURES” Page. On days that I cannot spare sufficient travel time to the big waters, then I fish these more accessible lakes. The shoreline adjacent to and surrounding the fishing bridge at Boulder Recreation Area, the rock ledge on the far shoreline from the bridge (use caution hiking down the rocks). Di with another bass taken on a muddler minnow. On one trip, we were joined by a friend who was more than happy to chase down the bluegill we threw back. CANYON LAKE For the fishermen, the Lower Salt River is the only cold-water trout fishery in the nation located in a desert. use promo code: WCProstaff-JSzmitkowski at checkout for a 5 % discount (not applicable to shipping costs and taxes). All I can say is, “Wow, what a great job!” The lake is beautiful and well planned. After all those months of surgery and chemotherapy, hooking this bluegill was like catching a blue marlin. In such a case, the larger fly was soemtimes taken by the bass. The frequency of days spent on the water was less than preferred due to promotion, personal appearances and seminars related to my Sanchin Kata For Everyone DVD project (additional information is at the end of this article). Bluegill and small bass could be taken on various nymph and wet fly combinations. Maybe will see a few local readers on the water. I was able to get video and photos of one such bass that flashed on a # 10 sparkle shad streamer but took a small # 14 bh bloody mary nymph that was the trailer fly. PLEASE, remember the daily bag limit of four AND you need an Urban Fishing License. Try free-lining an earthworm through moving water, or dropping in some PowerBait in the deeper pools. Even though it could be a 100°F during the summer time the Lower Salt River the water temperate could be 65°F that the … Use a 7 or 8 foot leader if nymphing and a 9 to 12 foot leader if using dries. I check the flow beginning three days before any planned trip and the in morning before heading out. Location Details Species Caught: Bluegill . over a twenty-four hour period. Below is the water flow chart for the Lower Salt River for the month from WWW.Watershedmonitor.Com. As such, this report may be a little less detailed than previous reports, but I hope you will find something of interest. Both of these locations involve a fair amount of hiking along challenging terrain. I find that the hike adds to the anticipation of the fishing experience and the desire to have a tug at the end of your line. I even hooked into one catfish that, for whatever reason, known only to the fish itself was induced to strike at a # 12 apache lady wet fly. Please feel free to view my other weblog dedicated to exploring martial arts ideology and concepts as they can be applied to daily life at http://senseijohn.me, Tags: Arizona Bass Fishing, Arizona Community Fishing Program, Arizona fishing, Arizona Fly Fishing, Canyon Lake, Ernest Hemingway, Fly Fishing For Bass, Fly Fishing For Bluegill, Fly Fishing For Catfish, Hemingway On Fishing, Lower Salt River, Red Mountain Lake, Riverview Lake, Sensei John, Urban Fishing. Try nightcrawlers, small spinners, Kastmasters and flies. or so. You can now arrange for either a fly fishing lecture or lesson with Sensei John, please see the “LESSONS & LECTURES” Page tab above. With falling temperatures, catches of largemouth bass along the various shorelines were replaced with catches of newly stocked rainbow trout. . At the Lower Salt River, below Saguaro Lake, is known for its Rainbow Trout, Catfish, Sunfish and Largemouth Bass fishing. If there is a change of more than 200 c.f.s. These species are rarely targeted along the river but can be just as much fun to catch. . In those instances, I’ll fish the more readily accessible locations all along the lake. Filming video for the DVD at Phon Sutton. Take your time, pack a backpack and enjoy exploring stretches of the river that are otherwise inaccessible in the summer months when flows are high. There was an occasional rainbow or two. Follow FLY FISHING DOJO on FACEBOOK, please send a friend request on Facebook; see our “Video & Media” Page for more information. You might be able to catch some bass or sunfish in the deeper holes. Well, for now, there’s a bit more preparation I need to attend to, more fishing to follow, You may also enjoy the following related blogs, my martial arts protocol, philosophy and ideology weblog for non-martial artists at WWW.SenseiJohn.Me  or the Goshin-Do Karate Blog at WWW.DeFeliceRyu.Com, Tags: Arizona fishing, Arizona Urban Lakes, bass fishing, Canyon Lake, Fly-Fishing, Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Sensei John, Tonto National Forest, Urban Lake Fishing, Arizona, Valley Of The Sun, December, 2012, we cast out final lures, flick our last flies and release the last fish of the year and look forward to 2013 with the anticipation of spending more time on the water and enveloping ourselves with the peace and solitude of that activity known as “fishing.” The final month of the year proved to be a little more hectic than planned. 1. PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all fish were safely released after being photographed. Please see to it that the treasure of the urban lakes is not taken for granted; obey all applicable rules (including respecting areas off limits to fishing), don’t litter (there is nothing as intolerable as fishing debris) and respect the harvest quotas. So it looks like we should be back on the water in as little as a week. When time permits, fishing the Lower Salt is a double bonus. Prior to casting, I stood upon a rock outcropping and performed my form of moving meditation, to wit: several Goshin-Do Karate Kata. On June 10th, I was fortunate to hook two panfish at once on my 6 foot Fenwick Ferrulite fly rod using a #16 wired caddis black/pink nymph tied behind a # 12 claret wooly bugger. After seven months of weekly chemotherapy, Di hooked her first bass. August 12th fishing bridge was closed. A 4 or 5-weight is plenty of power for you. We also had two or three trips to the community lakes. Paddling down the Lower Salt River is a favorite activity for many adventurous Phoenix locals and visitors alike. Unfortunately, the need to earn a living limits the time that can be spent on the water. This month’s FEATURED PRODUCT – Logo T-shirt, you may purchase this item using this link: http://www.cafepress.com/mf/42689803/fly-fishing-dojo_tshirt?shop=FLYFISHING_DOJO. Until the next, more detailed, submission, I remain, 1. The above stocking was a “super incentive trout stocking” with trout up to six pounds! I began to experiment using large saltwater flies to catch the many large bass I could see cruising the shoreline. Stockings will continue every other week; however, the exact dates will not be known prior to the stocking. We pay our taxes and then must pay a user-fee in the form of a permit or license to enjoy that which WE own. Results that I experienced were generally the same as at Veterans Oasis Lake, including the productive fly patters. It seems to me that during the stocking of the catfish, the other resident summer species of bass and bluegill bury themselves deep into the cover. The most productive lures proved to be rattle traps. The second item of distinction occurred July 2nd. After a long morning at Canyon Lake, one tends to develop an appetite. Sunset fishing for these fish provides not only a great way to end the day but also a tasty few fish for the dinner table. The Lower Salt River Recreation Area is a popular area near Mesa, AZ and provides numerous recreational opportunities. I also fished the 9 foot Sumo Distance XS to throw larger flies in and around bass locations. My stream-side notes don’t indicate the fly I selected to match-the-hatch, but I do recall it had a hackle tied parachute style. The worst of which was depleted white blood cells counts which meant we were under medical “house arrest” – no going out unless absolutely necessary. This months new product. August, 2014, Valley of the Sun. Water levels on the Lower Salt River below Stuart Mountain Dam could fluctuate between 800 cubic feet per second to as much as 3,000 cubic feet per second today and tomorrow, the Tonto National Forest announced. As such, most of our fishing was along the shoreline along the first one-lane bridge. Any info is appreciated. I arrived at a favorite fishing location along the Lower Salt River here in Arizona. If there is a change in flows greater than 200 c.f.s., I don’t fish the river and wait for more uniform flows. Sensei John is available for lectures on the interrelationship of fly fishing and martial arts protocol, ideology and philosophy. As I write these monthly reports it always seems that there never was enough of time spent on the water. My usual fly rig included on lare fly for largemouths and a smaller trailing fly for blueill. (Here’s my post link: https://flyfishingdojo.com/2013/10/10/october-2013-fishing/ ). These limits adequately provide for sufficient food for your table, and sport for others. I managed to pull nearly 40 largemouth out on weightless wacky rig worms. Arizona, Valley Of The Sun –  May, 2011, turned out to be a difficult month on many fronts, including an unexpected return to New Jersey to attend the memorial and funeral for a very dear friend. I walked the shoreline casting about and fished my preferred spots with some determination, but there was nothing to be seen or enticed. Finally, with less than a week remaining in the month, it was time to get out on the water. It is a video of a Harley-Davidson Electra-glide motorcycle ride through the cotton fields of my neighborhood used as a promotion for my Sanchin For Everyone DVD. The Lower Salt River usually has enough water to be easily paddled, whether you're rafting in summer or winter, and it's a convenient day-trip from Phoenix, in contrast to the more remote Upper Salt. Its drainage basin is about 13,700 square miles large. Sensei John is available for lectures on the interrelationship of fly fishing and martial arts protocol, ideology and philosophy. You may use the following convenient link to my article on this topic. When the bite slowed, we hiked a few yards up and down the river. The fishing experience and results tend to be very satisfying. Tags: Arizona fishing, Arizona Urban Lakes, AZ Community Fishing Program, bass fishing, Canyon Lake, Community Fishing Program, Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Sensei John, Urban Fishing. Success on the Urban Lake system this month was somewhat inconsistent. A Tonto Pass is required. For a unique historical look at “Fisherman As Warriors”, please click this convenient link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cMRW503DbY. At Water Users Recreation area, the same combination produced well. LOWER SALT RIVER, Tonto National Forest, AZ. As a Thank-you for reading, I have listed a two-pack of FlyFishing Dojo on E-bay for only $ 1.00 which includes mailing. 2. When I was leaving, I saw a clean-up boat arriving. There were times that almost every other cast resulted resulted in a fish; every sixth cast or so in one that was nice size. The homie Tyler Turk took me out to one of his fishing spots and finally put me on some fishy’s. The cooler temperatures mean that Fish and Game has begun to stock rainbow trout on a biweekly basis. “All the people I know with enough wealth to subsidize (a study of the marlin) are either busy studying how to get more wealth, or horses, or what is wrong with themselves with psychoanalysts, or horses, or how not to lose what wealth the have, or horses, or the moving picture business, or horses or all os these things together, and, possibly, horses.” (See Endnote # 1). Hook-ups have included largemouth bass, catfish and carp (quickly becoming a favorite quarry for my fly rod). within a day of my trip, then I fish elsewhere. PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all fish were safely released after being photographed. Federal Game and Fish Wardens rushed to find a safe spot to cross the river. Trout were stocked the week of Jan. 10 into the lower portion of the Salt (above where the Verde River meets the Salt). October fishing at the urban lakes meant one species – catfish. The most productive fly patterns were determined by adaptability. Having said that, the majority of species that could be lured to take a fly were a plethora of panfish, including crappie and bluegill. Lower Salt River Brent D.: The water in the Lower Salt has stopped flowing, but the fishing hasn’t slowed as much as the current. Improve your fishing enjoyment and productivity with a simple protocol from Karate known as “Sanchin.” Sanchin takes less than two minutes to perform and is a great way to prepare to fish, rejuvenate yourself during difficult fishing times or simply enhance your fishing experience. He was feeding on something. Share Share. The whiskered fish eventually ducked under a log and broke my 5X tippet. Thanks! The crew was going to prowl the vegetation and remove any remaining dead fish and otherwise clean the lake. My tongue has enough scars from such biting, and so, it is time to express my views – like it or not. FEATURED: Lower Salt River Arizona June 25, 2016 Northeast of Mesa near Apache Junction, the Lower Salt River is the closest fly fishing destination for Phoenix residents. I have several of these type of locations in my geographic arsenal. 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