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Fly Fishing Chevelon Creek Arizona
Chevelon Creek is located in the Mogollon Rim area of
the state of Arizona. Woods Canyon Creek and Willow
Springs Creek form Chevelon Creek. Each tributary
flows from a lake of the same name for about three or
four miles before becoming Chevelon Creek. From its
beginning, Chevelon flows though a very rough, difficult
to access canyon that's just over ten miles to Chevelon
Canyon Lake. You have to hike down some very steep
declines to access the canyon.
This may be Arizona's best brown trout stream. There
are some rainbows but the stream has far more brown
trout than rainbows. The fish can move back and forth
to the depths of the lake which is a big help during the
summer months when the water temperature in
Chevelon Creek gets rather high. Rainbows move out of
the lake to and move upstream during the Spring to
The canyon has well marked trails that lead down the
steep walls of the Chevelon Canyon. You can reach the
canyon via state #260 from Payson. Exit on forest road
#300 and then on 169. One more turn on 119 will get
you there if your not already lost. Seriously, it is well
worth the trip. Fly fishing Chevelon Creek gives you
some great opportunities to catch a good size brown
trout. It is also a beautiful place to fish.
The steam has a good population of Little Brown, Little
Yellow, Winter stoneflies and a few other stoneflies.
There are several species mayflies, including
Blue-winged olives, Pale Morning Duns, Pale Evening
duns, Mahogany duns and others. Caddisflies are
very plentiful, mostly Green Sedges and Spotted
Sedges but also some Little Black Caddis, Short-horned
sedges, October Caddis and others.
Terrestrial insects play an important role in the summer
months, especially the Japanese Beetle and Carpenter
The fishing season runs year-round.
Fly fishing Chevelon Creek is best just after the snow
melts enough to travel on the access roads.
The water can get low and too warm during the Summer
but if temperatures are reasonable, it is a good time to
catch a brown trout. Fish under low light conditions,
cloudy, or early and late. Most of the fish will be in the
Fishing remains good because brown trout spawn.in the
The season is open year-round but it is very doubtful
you can access the stream during the Winter months.
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