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Fly Fishing Oak Creek Arizona
There couldn't be a trout stream that is much more
appealing and simply beautiful as Oak Creek in Arizona.
Fly fishing Oak Creek will make you quickly understand
why fishing for trout isn't always just about catching fish.
Don't get this wrong. You can catch plenty of trout, it's just
that if you didn't, you would still leave pleased and
satisfied with the time you had spent.
Highway 89A runs along Oak Creek from Sedona through
Oak Creek Canyon and all the way along the creek
including the North Fork of Oak Creek. The West Fork
Oak Creek and the North Fork Oak Creek flow together at
Cave Springs. From there the creek flows downstream
through Sedona and the Sliding Red Rock State Park to
join the Verde River.
Oak Creek is stocked with trout from the Page Springs
Fish Hatchery upstream. The lower section of the stream
above the hatchery up to about Grasshopper point warms
up during the Summer too much for trout to survive and
this section of the creek is strictly put and take fishing.
Above Grasshopper Point (about 6 miles above Sedona)
the stream begins to be capable of supporting trout
year-round and there are holdovers and even some wild
trout. Fly fishing Oak Creek is best in its upper 12 miles.
In the Page Springs area, Oak Creek is much cooler due
to the cold spring water. Forest Road #119 off of highway
#89A will lead to the Page Springs Road which will take
you to this area of Oak Creek and the springs.
The West Fork of Oak Creek must be reached by foot. It
provides several miles of wild brown trout fishing. The Call
of the Canyon Parking area is the departure point to hike
upstream on the West Fork. In my opinion, from a pure
fishing standpoint, this is the best section to fish;
however, you don't miss the beauty of the lower sections.
Fishing above Grasshopper point up to the West Fork
can also be very good. Large holdover browns can be
caught in this long section of the stream.
Oak Creek consist mostly of pocket water with riffles, runs
and pools. You should note that from Junipine Resort to
the West Fork Trail is limited to single hook, barbless
"catch and release" only.
Most of the stream is fed by springs and the pH is very
good. That's why Oak Creek has some very good
hatches. Dry fly fishing can be very good and at times the
trout can become selective to certain insects when
matching the hatch is the best bet.
The season runs year-round
Late Spring is a great time to fish due to the hatches
The lower part can get too warm in the Summer but the
higher elevation sections will continue to fish well.
Fall is a beautiful time for fly fishing Oak Creek.
You can catch trout on warm, nice days during the winter.
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